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Autodesk Combustion 2008 Course

9hrs (121 Lessons) 2008-09-08

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Autodesk Combustion 2008 provides digital artists and filmmakers with industry standard tools to create exciting compositing and special effects. Now with even more powerful tools such as the Color Warper, you’ll find even greater control in creating new worlds or altering the real one. The ability to paint, animate, edit and compose in 2D and 3D are combined in an integrated environment and easy to use interface. VTC author, Dwayne Ferguson, shows users step by step, how to get the most out of this powerful software. Learn animation, 3D compositing, particle effects and much more. Work Files are included. To begin learning Autodesk Combustion 2008, simply click on the movie links.

Combustion is a very versatile application and it's really hard to give it an exact category because it can do animation, it can do color correction, it can animate text, it can create vector graphics. It has cameras, it has lights, it has shadows, reflections and on and on. And, by the way, the scene you're looking at is what we're going to make in the later part of the tutorial. And we're going to take some flat art, as you see here, which is the trees, we're going to take the picture of the moon and we're going to put a glow around it and actually it's a 3D model that I created; a flat piece of artwork that we're going to make look like real moon with a nice glow. And we have this backdrop here that I created in Photoshop. And these are just pictures of grass and trees that we arrange in 3D space. So let me just show you that outcome of this project that we're going to build and I'll play it and you see that the moon is moving up a little bit. We have some letters animating and as we get closer to this creepy cabin and by the time we're done we're going to have a complete composite. Combustion is also good for letting you work with real-world camera lenses, field of view, working with 3D applications such as LightWave and Maya and bringing in those types of files so you can add other effects to them. For example, the log cabin was built in Maya. the moon was built in Maya as well. These pictures of trees were taken from a royalty-free website. So was the grass. The backdrop was created in Photoshop and these were all brought into Combustion to create a finished composite. We can also once again animate text. You can do all kinds of things with audio such as you can listen to your audio, you can have it linked to video, you can also do editing in Combustion, believe it or not. Now, it's not as powerful as Final Cut Pro or Premier Pro, but you can still edit within the application. You also have a Timeline so you can do animation and change the key frames and work with the drafts and all kinds of stuff. So Combustion really is a multi-purpose, multimedia application where the only limits are your imagination and your skill level, which, of course, you're going to increase by enjoying and watching this tutorial.  

  • Course: Autodesk Combustion 2008
  • Author: Dwayne Ferguson
  • SKU: 33903
  • ISBN: 1-934743-90-9
  • Work Files: Yes
  • Captions: No
  • Subject: Animation & 3D
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Introduction

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The Interface
Preferences (05:04)

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Workspace (03:17)

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Viewports (04:06)

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Toolbar (02:16)

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Controls (03:16)

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Safe Zones (03:34)

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Operators

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Paint Operator (04:07)

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Text Operator (04:00)

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Edit Operator (03:57)

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Import Footage

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Hinge (05:53)

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Group (03:52)

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Painting
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Shadows (04:34)

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Blurs (04:03)

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Surface Properties

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Opacity (03:10)

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Color Warper

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Vector Scope (05:13)

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Animation Basics
Keyframes (04:07)

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The Timeline (04:08)

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The Graph (05:44)

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Pivot Point (03:23)

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RAM Preview (04:53)

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Audio
Import Audio (03:15)

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Link Audio (03:43)

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Text (04:50)

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Drop Shadows (05:37)

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Gradients
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Lights
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Shadows (04:18)

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Soft Shadows (04:47)

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Reflections (05:31)

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Nesting & Commit to Disk

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Nest Layers (03:52)

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RPF Export (04:19)

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Capsules (05:40)

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Transitions (03:43)

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Timewarp & Distort
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3D Lens Flare (04:07)

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Output & Save

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Render Audio (04:02)

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Project: TV Slug

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TV Slug pt. 1 (06:54)

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TV Slug pt. 4 (03:29)

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Project: Auto Show Spot

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Project: Volcanic Eruption

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