When you’re lighting for VFX, your aim is to match the 3D lights to the real-world lighting in the footage. In this video, learn how to pick up on the lights and shadows in a shot by analyzing it.
- [Instructor] When you're lighting for VFX, your aim is to match the 3D lights to the real world lighting in the footage. In an earlier chapter we motion tracked this shot and placed some models of clocks on the table surface. Now, we want to light the scene to better integrate the clocks with the background footage. First, we need to evaluate this footage and determine the light sources present and then we'll attempt to recreate them in 3D. So, looking at this image we can see that we have an idea of the lighting direction and there's just some other areas that we can sort of pickup on highlights and maybe shadows.
And this one over here certainly some specular highlighting there. So, it gives us a good starting point of where to place our lights. Generally, it's a good idea to take reference photos if you're assisting or supervising a shot on set. It's important to note that you do not have to get the render looking app so that you're perfect in C4D. You will almost certainly want to composite and finish the render by adding color correction and other post effects. With that said, there are various techniques we can use in Cinema 4D to match this lighting or at least get very close to it.
So, let's explore some of those in this chapter.
- What is VFX?
- How is C4D used by VFX artists?
- Setting up a project for tracking
- Solving the 3D camera
- Removing lens distortion
- Solving and saving lens profiles
- Importing a model
- Manipulating keyframes and curves
- Creating shiny, refractive, and displaced materials
- Working with C4D lights and shadows
- Lighting with Sky objects
- Compositing mulitpass renders
Skill Level Intermediate
Cinema 4D R18 Essential Training: Motion Graphicswith Andy Needham5h 12m Intermediate
Mograph Techniques: Animating with C4D Effectorswith EJ Hassenfratz1h 39m Intermediate
1. What Is VFX?
2. The Importance of Motion Tracking
3. Preparing and Animating Models for VFX
4. Basic Materials
5. Basic VFX Lighting
6. Camera Projection and Modelling
7. Takes, Tokens, and Multipass Rendering
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