Join David Mattingly for an in-depth discussion in this video Rendering out glowing smoke, part of Digital Matte Painting Essentials 5: Camera Projection in Maya.
…Next, we want to add glowing smoke rising up…out of the lava in front of the lava waterfall.…I have a nice piece of stock footage of slowly rising smoke.…Once again, we can't use the Quicktime movie directly, and we…need to render it out of After Effects as a TIFF sequence.…While we're at it, we can make this gray smoke…look like red-hot glowing smoke with an extreme color correction.…Let's open up After Effects again.…Drag the SlowSmoke file into the projects tab, and then drag that down into a comp.…
We can double check that it has an…Alpha Channel, by clicking on Alpha, and it does.…You can see that it has a hard edge, where it goes out of frame, so we'll want to…add a mask around it, to softly blend the smoke off, before it gets to the edge.…Select the pen tool, and draw around the smoke,…chopping off the top but leaving the bottom undisturbed.…Set the mask feather to a very high number like 70, and when we…look at the Alpha Channel again, you can see that it blends off very nicely.…
Go back to viewing the RGB.…
- What is camera projection?
- Isolating the layers in your painting
- Setting up for projection camera
- Adding geometry
- Projecting textures
- Animating the camera
- Vertex modeling
- Animating the background
- Adding flames, smoke, and glows
- Rendering your project
Skill Level Beginner
1. Getting Started with Camera Projection
2. Setting Up Your Maya File
3. Adding Geometry to Match Your Painting
4. Projecting Your Textures
5. Adding an Animated Camera
6. Advanced Camera Projection
7. Toning and Animating the Background
8. Adding Video and Special Effects
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