In this 2 part series we will look at how to add realistic looking 3D objects to your videos using Blender and Adobe After Effects.
In the first part we will work in Blender. You will learn how to set up your 3D scene and set up your lights and environment maps. We will cover how to use Shadow Catchers to create transparent surface areas that capture the shadow of our 3D objects.
We will then add some physics to our scene to make it feel a little bit more interactive. Finally, I will cover the render settings you need to render out the final image sequence.
In part 2 we will cover how to composite these rendered elements back onto your video using Adobe After Effects. Stay tuned, I hope to release the second part within a week or two :)
Learn how to create advanced materials for your 3D models using the Shader Editor in Blender 2.8! The Shader Editor offers a procedural approach to generating complex shaders for anything from lava to organic looking dragon scales.
For this tutorial we are going to start out with a free 3D model of the Stanford Dragon.
We will import an environment map and then create a basic material for our dragon. Next, you will learn about how to access and use the Shader Editor in Blender.
This editor works by connecting different nodes together to define how your model will be shaded. You can plug together different functional nodes for math operations, ambient occlusion and much more!
At the end of this tutorial you will have created a complex half-glass, half-marble material shader with some highlighted edges and green ambient occlusion. It might not be the most ‘functional’ shader, but hopefully the tutorial will show you what is possible with the Shader Editor in Blender!
All comments, questions and suggestions are welcome :)
BorisFX are having a HUGE Black Friday / Cyber Monday Sale. Get up to 65% OFF Mocha Pro, Sapphire, Continuum and SilhouetteFX. The sale runs from the 25th November to the 2nd December 2019.
All products are 25% off and all bundles are 50% off during this period. On top of that you can use my custom coupon code ‘SURFACEDSTUDIO’ to get an additional 15% off! The coupon code will also work once the sale has ended.
And, for full transparency, if you use my discount code, I will also get a little bit of a kickback which I always really appreciate :D
Mocha Pro is an academy award winning planar tracker. It has been used in countless Hollywood movies and TV shows all over the world. You can use Mocha Pro for screen replacements, object and people removal, lens correction, 2D and 3D motion tracking and much more.
BorisFX Sapphire is a popular effects and plugin collection that gives you access to thousands of effects & presets within your favourite editing software. Anything from lens flares, glows, lighting, loooks and generated motion graphics to professional looking transitions.
Continuum Complete is another industry leading effects and plugin collection from BorisFX. It includes very different effects from Sapphire and contains some powerful tools for working with 3D objects, creating professional titles and generating (and tracking) cool looking particle effects into your shots using Particle Illusion
BorisFX recently purchased SilhouetteFX which gives you access to paint, roto and compositing tools. It has been used in popular movies such as Avengers, Black Panther and Avengers: End Game.
I have to admit I am not particularly familiar with this product yet so best check out the BorisFX Silhouette website to see whether it is the right product for you!
Licenses & Compatibility
BorisFX Mocha Pro, Sapphire and Continuum are compatible with Adobe, Avid, Apple and other OFX hosts. This means, these plugins will work with Adobe After Effects, Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer, Apple Motion, Nuke, Blackmagic Fusion, HitFilm, Sony Vegas and many other popular video editing and compositing tools.
The discounts apply to all new licenses, upgrades and subscriptions. Be sure to check out the BorisFX store for more details!
If you’ve been holding out to snatch yourself up a deal with BorisFX, now might be a good time to pull the trigger!
The Gigabyte AERO 15 OLED is a lightweight laptop aimed at content creators. It features a 4K AMOLED display, fast SSDs, 9th Generation Intel CPUs and NVIDIA RTX graphics cards. Let’s see how it performs in the real world for video editing, VFX & 3D!
02:01 NVIDIA RTX Studio
03:25 Raytracing & Tensor Cores
05:19 Technical Specifications
08:01 Real World Performance
08:28 4K OLED Display
09:08 Form Factor & Weight
09:34 Performance (Video Editing/VFX/3D)
10:02 Working with 4K
11:15 RTX in the Real World (Blender)
13:58 Keyboard & Touchpad
14:35 Inputs & Outputs
15:45 Battery Life
16:37 Price & Configuration
17:14 Verdict & Final Thoughts
The i9-9980HK is an 8 Core Processor
The screen is rated at 400nits. Some online tests place it at 283nits though :)
The NVIDIA RTX Studio initiative is focused on providing laptops that are aimed at creators rather than gamers. They usually come with 60Hz 4K screens. They come with more RAM, stronger CPUs and larger SSDs. And they come with the new NVIDIA RTX graphics cards.
What’s so special about RTX cards? Besides CUDA cores, which are great for general GPU acceleration, they also contain Raytracing Cores and Tensor Cores. Raytracing Cores can be utilised in 3D applications and rendering to offload path tracing processing onto your graphics card. Tensor Cores are great for executing Machine Learning models. As such they can be leverage for AI based tasks such as smart sharpening and other image processing.
RTX technology is still in it’s early stages, but it is increasingly being integrated into professional software such as 3dsMax, Maya, Blender, Da Vinci Resolve, Lightroom and many other creative tools.
NVIDIA is working together with a lot of companies to create ‘RTX Studio’ laptops. These laptops are certified by NVIDIA to meet a set of minimum requirements to be considered a part of the RTX Studio laptop series.
If you’re after a gaming laptop and are considering the AERO 15 I recommend going with a 1080p IPS panel instead that runs at 144Hz or even at 240Hz. You will enjoy your gaming experience a whole lot more :)
Mocha Pro from BorisFX is an academy award winning planar tracker. You can use it to track and insert new images or videos into your footage. You can use it to remove people from moving shots. And you can use it for rotoscoping work.
With version 2019.5, Mocha Pro has added some exciting new features that I want to show you in this tutorial.
Magnetic Layer Tool: create a new spline quickly using the magnetic layer tool to easily trace the outline of your subject.
Freehand Tool: switch to the Freehand tool to draw any shape you want. Mocha Pro will convert the path to a spline for you automatically.
Edge Snapping: automatically snap the points of your spline to the nearest identifiable edge.
You can purchase Mocha Pro for $295 USD on an annual subscription from the Boris FX store. If you use coupon code SURFACEDSTUDIO at checkout you will get 15% OFF your purchase price – and support me in the process :)
The Mivitar Boling P1 is a pocket sized RGB video light. It is a sturdy aluminium construction, plenty of light output and lots of different modes to easily control the colour. In this quick video review I want to talk about this nifty little light.
1:39 Specs & Features
5:04 Thoughts & Verdict
The Mivitar Boling P1 has a sturdy, full aluminum body and a solid weight of 260g. It has 3 different modes to control the color, intensity and behaviour of the light. You can set the colour temperature to anything between 2500K – 8500K or set the colour directly via HSI.
There are additional effect settings for blinking, cycling and flashing modes. The LED light charges via USB-C and lasts over 2 hours at full brightness. And yes, you can use the light while it’s plugged in and charging :)
If you are looking for a great small RGB video light to carry around with you at all times, check out the Mivitar Boling P1.