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08/08/2016 06:02:09

Rocque
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https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/vfx-for-filmmakers/2/register

It is starting! You can still register. They are giving us downloads to use so it sounds exciting. I won't be able to start until tomorrow, but maybe we can use this thread or make one each week. Lets see how it goes.

The course is free if you still want to sign up. Use the link at the beginning of this topic.
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08/08/2016 15:43:21

PatMarrNCMuvizu mogul
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I'm afraid I'll be starting this a week or more late. But the good news is that the curriculum doesn't require everybody to participate at the same time. Works for me.
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08/08/2016 23:08:07

ziggy72Muvizu mogulExperimental user
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Done! You can do the first week in 4 hours easy. I like that they started with tracking - so damn important and useful, as us Hitfilm users keep telling everyone. Good stuff, roll on week 2
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09/08/2016 02:21:08

Rocque
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We have a big fire close to where I live and the smoke is making me ill, so I will get into this tomorrow. I watched the first video and posted, then started the second one last night. Maybe if I am awake super early I will do some work on the course. Right now I think I will watch some Anime and fall asleep reading subtitles.

Thanks for letting us know how long the first one took. I know I am going to really benefit from this course.
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11/08/2016 03:12:13

Rocque
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August 18 there is going to be a Google Hangout with Ex Machina Oscar winner as follows:
Breaking News: Your invitation to a live discussion with VFX Oscar winner Mark Ardington
Visit this course to find out how to attend.

There is a lot of work in week 1 if you watch the videos but it is all really interesting so far.
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12/08/2016 16:10:09

Rocque
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I finished week 1 yesterday and it took me more than 4 hours because I got caught up in watching clips from the major participators. It is tempting to put links to some of my projects in here, but they are very amateurish. I learned a whole lot. Maybe I will share one link because it reminds me of our backdrops here, and what is possible when we use HitFilm for compositing some VFX....ha, I sound like I know what I am talking about.



If you know anyone interested in the behind the scenes in the film making industry I learned that the demands are increasing for compositors and one company, MPC, has an academy to train those they select. The requirements are difficult but what a great way to start a career.

Here is a great article on LinkedIn to share with anyone who might be interested in a new career.

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/6-tips-becoming-artist-visual-effects-film-andrew-schlussel?trk=prof-post

We are learning Green Screen next week.
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15/08/2016 15:26:19

ziggy72Muvizu mogulExperimental user
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This week's one is pretty good, and the project files are fun to play with. Got my double layered motion tracking going on here!
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20/08/2016 06:08:06

Rocque
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Week 2 is over already. I had fun with the tracking and learned a lot. The interview yesterday with Academy Award Winner, Mark Ardington was awesome. I took some of what I learned and made this short with Muvizu using a Green Background and then Chroma Keying out the Green to add a Creative Commons background to it. It is another test.



There is a lot more than this we learned but I need a lot more time to practice.

Week 3 we will be learning about crowd scenes. Woo Hoo.
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20/08/2016 07:01:00

MrDrWho13Muvizu mogulExperimental user
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Rocque wrote:
The interview yesterday with Academy Award Winner, Mark Ardington was awesome.

I tuned in live yesterday and all I got was "And that's all from us, goodbye" and it switched off! Duhh
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20/08/2016 18:01:56

PatMarrNCMuvizu mogul
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I've been travelling, so I haven't even started yet... guess I should do that now...
Glad to hear that everybody is enjoying the course.. and, Rocque.. that looks awesome! You definitely need to use some exercizes in the current contest!
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20/08/2016 20:24:02

Rocque
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MrDrWho13 wrote:
Rocque wrote:
The interview yesterday with Academy Award Winner, Mark Ardington was awesome.

I tuned in live yesterday and all I got was "And that's all from us, goodbye" and it switched off! Duhh


Look on YouTube or Google+ for a replay and I will see if I can find a link for you, too. Yes, here it is. I know I had some visual difficulty during part of it , but the audio was still there. The video is now made public so I see no harm in sharing it.


edited by Rocque on 20/08/2016
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20/08/2016 21:12:02

PatMarrNCMuvizu mogul
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Thanks for posting this Rocque!

I just finished week 1, and I like the concept so well I signed up for two more courses: Intro to screen writing and online story telling! For a retired guy, free training is a great opportunity to keep intellectually engaged and learning! There are so many good classes available! There's even one on animation coming up, (date yet to be announced)
edited by PatMarrNC on 20/08/2016
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20/08/2016 23:49:51

Rocque
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Pat, that is awesome. When do they start? I might take them with you. I can use training in both areas. I work full time, but like to stay busy.
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21/08/2016 00:23:06

PatMarrNCMuvizu mogul
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Rocque wrote:
Pat, that is awesome. When do they start? I might take them with you. I can use training in both areas. I work full time, but like to stay busy.


One of them starts on Aug 28th, one starts in September (12th?) and one I just put my name on a list to be notified when they decide when to hold it.

Did you do the 4 point tracking exercise? (not the first one for which they supplied a project file, but the other one that uses QUAD WARP EFFECT.... They left me in the dust with that one.
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21/08/2016 04:45:56

Rocque
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Pat, here is my video with the Quad Warping. It is involved, and I need to practice it again before I forget. Maybe I will do that for your competition.



When you have the single point targeting as with the flare and then the sparks you track everything to the one point by setting it up in the layers. When you have Quad Warping, I thought you just used that effect and you were set, but Nope. You have to set 4 individual tracking points, but when you finally get into the right area in the effects it has you name them for TR (Top Right), BR (Bottom Right), or whatever names you want to pick. It took me a while to get it right, but once I did I was really happy.

It is something I definitely do not want to forget how to do. I print out the dialog for the project videos, and save the videos as well. There is more help on YouTube, or I think there is.

August 28 is so soon for another course, since we are still in one. Ha, maybe I can watch them at work...shhhh...oops maybe I should erase this.
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21/08/2016 15:16:24

ziggy72Muvizu mogulExperimental user
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Nice job on the Quad Warp Rocque, takes a bit of work to get that effect going. The Ardington interview was interesting (although I missed the first quarter hour), so thanks for posting, I'm going to go watch the start now.
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22/08/2016 18:48:05

ziggy72Muvizu mogulExperimental user
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Finished my Monday routine Week 3 done, just off to practice masking together this crowd scene. I'm going to add in some 3d objects too, see how that works. Good course this, isn't it?
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22/08/2016 19:10:38

PatMarrNCMuvizu mogul
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ziggy72 wrote:
Finished my Monday routine Week 3 done, just off to practice masking together this crowd scene. I'm going to add in some 3d objects too, see how that works. Good course this, isn't it?


Its a good course, but it could be better. I'd rather they left out some of the miscellaneous interviews and covered the step-by-step procedure of how to use the various effects. Like the Quad Warp. Can't find anything online about it except for other peoples' exercises, none of which actually tell how to do it.
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22/08/2016 19:56:26

ziggy72Muvizu mogulExperimental user
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Surely Quad Warp is simpler than you think? You assign 4 tracking points, then in the QW effect assign each point to each corner (with 'Use Layer'). There's not much more to it than that really, is there?
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23/08/2016 01:44:23

Rocque
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Pat when I have a bit more time I will go over the Quad Warp in more detail. I am starting back to work Wednesday, but that means also going in early the days before just to show up. Don't ask.
I am planning on being around most of tomorrow to get last minute things done before all my time is devoted to teenagers for the most part.

This weekend I made a training video for staff, student, and parents showing how to find their student materials online on their iPads, and then install a PDF "free" editor, and start using it. I first recorded the steps in a program called Show Me, then downloaded it and then put it into Hit Film, split the sound track, deleted it, and then re recorded it and edited the original cutting 2 minutes out of it.

Wow! I am mentioning it here because you never know where what we are learning in one place can apply to another place. If it was not for all the great sharing here I would not have been able to do this. Simply amazing. I am even going to have less students this year so I can make more training videos. Nice.

Back to Quad Warping. Instead of attaching a moving object or two to one point like the flair and then the sparks, you are attaching a moving object to another moving object. I used the hands holding the iPad. Maybe you want to be holding a mirror and have something going on in the mirror, or through the looking glass type of effect. is there anything in Muvizu you can think of where someone is looking at something hand held and you want to have the two things moving but not necessarily synced?

LOL, I guess I am explaining now. Let me go see if I can figure out how to do this.
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