New DVD Release! Live Action & CG 3 - A Comprehensive Guide to Compositing

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In this DVD, Instructor Matt Skonicki takes you through the entire process of compositing 2 HD Shots with 3D integration. The best part of this tutorial is it uses Autodesk Composite for compositing which ships free with Autodesk Maya 2011. Matt starts off by taking you On Location to demonstrate the capturing of the raw plate and HDRI images. From there he goes through creating the final HDRI image in Photoshop. The next chapters include detailed tracking in SynthEyes, setting up the scene in Maya, creating masks in After Effects, Animation of the 3D objects in Maya, adding particle effects, lighting, and render layers. Last, Matt composites the final scenes in Autodesk Composite.

This tutorial is perfect for those who want an "Out of the Box" comprehensive tutorial on compositing 3D into your own camera footage primarily using Autodesk Maya and Composite.

About the Instructor:
Matt Skonicki has worked in the video game and film industry for over 6 years. During his time at Midway Games in Chicago, he worked very hard to prove his way up from being a cinematics artist to a character technical artist. Matt has worked on such video games as "Mortal Kombat: Armageddon" and "John Woo's Stranglehold" and even received a prestigious excellence award for his contributions. Currently Matt is a visual effects instructor at Columbia College Film School in Chicago Illinois.


July 3, 2011 - 5:38pm

Thanks it is a great tutorial, i loved it, but it would be better that the compositing process were done in after effects or nuke. And the tracking in Syntheyes. Everything else was great it's a complete tutorial like no other. Keep doing more maya tutorials. By the way in my country doesn't sell the crome ball, i would like to known other alternatives for hdri. thanks

Anonymous (not verified)

May 27, 2011 - 11:19pm

"Orientate" is not a word, otherwise great video!


May 21, 2011 - 10:36am

Hi Matt,

I’d love to learn more about Nuke so it would be great if you’re planning a comprehensive Nuke tutorial.

Will Eat3D make a new training DVD for "The Harvester" in future? (From Live Action & CG 3 - A Comprehensive Guide to Compositing - Building, Texturing, Rendering and Render layers in Maya). Same as Eat3D did the Dozer for 3ds Max. Is it possible?

Brian (not verified)

May 21, 2011 - 10:33am

Sorry for the double post - Is it possible to get these videos on youtube or perhaps something that lets me pre-load the video before I play it to prevent it buffering all the time?

Brian (not verified)

May 21, 2011 - 10:31am

I would also prefer to use 3ds max - but I always get the idea when dealing with film Maya seems to be the preferred software.

Naimas (not verified)

May 13, 2011 - 5:58am

hello I hopw a 3dsmax version of this could be done also ?


May 9, 2011 - 11:20pm

Can a mod please list the programs that are used in this DVD? I know there are a few listed in the description but Ive gotten DVDs from here before that end up using programs they didnt list.


ps: for future site updates it would be a good idea to put on the DVD info a list of programs simple and easy to read at a glance.


May 6, 2011 - 6:11pm

Gozzyman, I prefer SythEyes because it works well, matchmover is too clunky for my tastes and prefer to show the industry standard. Syntheyes is actually pretty cheap.


May 6, 2011 - 8:00am

Thanks for the kind words guys Smiling

Carlos_FL (not verified)

May 6, 2011 - 7:59am

excellent tutor !!!, amazing!!


May 6, 2011 - 5:14am

This training DVD is exactly what I've been looking for! It shows the
process from start to finish brilliantly - from location, HDRI creation,
tracking with SynthEyes, adding the 'Harvester' to a Maya scene, final
rendering and compositing etc.

I'm interested in the fact you used SynthEyes - I'm aware that Matchmover
comes with Maya and Composite together so I'm very interested to know why
you preferred to use SynthEye for camera tracking?


Andreas (not verified)

May 5, 2011 - 10:06am

If you whant a 101 on maya go to digital tutors they have many great material on maya not as high quality DVDs as eat3D. I am to a begginer in maya and hope to see more projects in maya. For now im gona stay on the ZBrush DVDs.


May 3, 2011 - 6:23pm

There goes another dvd with Maya! I have no idea how maya works cause there is no Maya 101 DVD!!!