Curious Turtle’s most complete training for Silhouette just got even better, with almost five more hours of training covering the updated Silhouette version 7. This is just the new stuff.
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Core Structure / Updated for v7
The planar tracker received significant improvements in Version 7. This section goes in to depth about different techniques for getting the best results out of this powerful tool. We look at why tracks might fail and how to tweak the settings to achieve a good track. We also look at using that tracking data for different tasks, including the new stabilization workflow available in v7.
The fourth part of this exercise explores featureless tracking and how to track an object that has no obvious tracking areas. This is a systematic look at why other techniques might fail and what a better strategy looks like.
Paint – Wire Removal
Back into Paint to do another common task – wire removal. This looks at a different approach to preparing the footage for paint work. First we look at a manual approach and the dangers of this, before we move over to see how the planar tracker can speed up our work to a huge degree.
Another new feature in v7 to do warping without have to create splines. In this exercise we do some face reshaping, and see how to make it extreme yet believable. The second part sees how to apply these changes to a moving object and how to disguise the transition from unwarped to warped.
Rotoscoping / New Features
Time for some light compositing. In this case retiming a light flashing in time with the action in the footage. We use the new Sequence Editor to edit our flashes to the correct frames; including editing, retiming and repeating segments of our clip. We explore how to work with another new tool, Reshape – Magnetic Mode to quickly animate our roto splines with fewer clicks and a faster turnaround time.
The second half of the exercise adds in more Paint, before deciding how to break up our shapes to create hold-in and hold-out masks. We also use some more of the new roto tools including the Extract Shape.
Compositing and Sky Replacement
The job behind this exercise is a straightforward sky replacement but we touch on all the core compositing skills to achieve this; tracking, rotoscoping, keying, paint and finishing effects. The idea is to see how all these sections fit together in a wider workflow and how important tidy thinking is. New in version 7 is the ability to group and ungroup nodes and this plays in to our tidy thinking strategy.
This exercise also spends time on the Cutout Brush for a quick spot of matte painting, and why setting up your paint channels is a good plan when compositing! We also take a look at the new Lens Flare node and how we can use this effect in different ways.
Course Runtime : 4h 44min
Version 7 Updates
- 01 – Planar Tracker improvements
- 02 – Planar Tracker improving accuracy and fixing issues
- 03 – Using the tracking data
- 04 – Featureless tracking with the Planar Tracker
- 05 – Pin Warp
- 06 – Sequence Editor and the new rotoscoping features
- 07 – More new rotoscoping tools
- 08 – Compositing and sky replacement – keying
- 09 – Compositing and sky replacement – match moving
- 10 – Compositing and sky replacement – more paint and the Cutout Brush
- 11 – Compositing and sky replacement – the Lens Flare node
ABOUT THE TRAINER
Ben Brownlee has worked in production and post-production in various roles since 1999. He has been involved in a wide variety of films, television and TV commercial projects in that time. As a trainer, he has worked with some of the leading broadcasters and post-houses, providing bespoke courses across the globe.
He has also developed courses for Lynda.com and fxphd.com.
Tutorials, Footage & Projects Total : 3.35 GB
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