This month I complete one year teaching at UFSC, in celebration of this I wanted to share the work of some of the students in one of my classes: 3d Animation I or EGR7249. This is the first contact of the students with the art of 3d animation in the course. Congratulations to all students for the effort and great work.
ICE (Interactive Creative Environment) is a nodal environment inside Autodesk Softimage that can do a range of different things. You can use it to create custom deformers, animate particles, rig characters, simulate fluids, and even generate crowds.It doesn’t matter what you want to do with ICE, there is a set of concepts and nodes that you need to know and understand in order to get going with the tool.Concepts like data types and data context, order of evaluation, vectors, matrices, arrays, locations and so on…
In this training we are going to build 3 custom deformers. We will start with the easy ones and learn the most basic concepts in ICE. As we move on to more complex deformations, the understanding of more complex concepts will feel natural to you, since you already have your feet wet.
This course focus on a physically correct approach to lighting inside of Softimage. As the viewer, you will learn important concepts like Linear Workflow, Light Decay, Hard and Soft Shadowing, and the different kinds of lights we have in real life so you never have to use ugly hacks in rendering again. The use of a real production scene will be a great opportunity for everyone to understand how lighting can set the mood of the scene, and how to avoid common rendering bottlenecks. As the cherry on top of our CG cake, you will understand how the use of Softimage’s powerful passes system can leverage your work in the compositing stage, and how you can use Softimage’s FXTree to solve preComp issues in your pipeline.
Although some content in this course is Mental Ray specific we try to make it as broad as possible and teach tools that can be used with any render engine available to SI out there.
Lights, Render, Passes
Demystifing the Render Tree
Other training videos at cmiVFX
In this training we go deep into this production ready scene to learn the most fundamental rendering tool in Softimage, the Render Tree. Render Tree is the nodal interface for dealing with shaders in Softimage and it is the right tool for the job in Mental Ray and third party renders alike. With some great promises on the rendering horizon for SI there is no better time to jump on the bandwagon and Demystify the Render Tree yourself!