1. cmiVFX Launches Killer New Series About Destruction Events in Realflow: Featuring Houdini, Maya AND 3DS Max
    High Definition Training Videos for the Visual Effects Industry

    Princeton, NJ (March 12th, 2012) – Today, cmiVFX will begin a trip into the deepest fathoms of visual effects knowledge. The infinite detail of a destruction scene, needs to be under control at all times. When you destroy something in real life, you grab a sledge hammer and you smash what you want to break. In the world of visual effects, a sledge hammer won't do the trick. It takes many tools to do a proper destruction scene that can be believable to the human eye. We have come a far way since movies like the MATRIX, which have set the bar for visual effects trickery. Can you believe that movie released back in 1999? The scrutiny of the public eye has honed in on all the flaws that higher definition monitors allow us to view. So to simply say we can teach you all of this in just 3 hours, well… that's a foregone conclusion. We can however, create a workflow pipeline that uses your favorite tools, and let you decide the best path for YOU! In this series, we will use Realflow as the main application for all of the destruction, but we will show you how to prepare materials similarly in Houdini, Maya and 3DS Max. Why? You might be asking your selves right now. The answer is, we simply do not want to leave any stones unturned. This video series will be for ANYONE. It doesn't matter what apps your used to, because we are going to cover them all! This means that these videos are much longer than normal. You will need to drink lots of your favorite energy drink, and make sure you don't have any distractions. If you have children, now might be the time to put them up for adoption. (Kidding of course… or are we?) To make a long story short, this very first video in the series is extremely complete and packed with information. We did our best to find someone in this Universe that could handle the task of producing this vast array of knowledge. That in itself is a pure miracle. We do not give awards out for VFX training videos, but if they did… we would win for "Most amount of content in a single video". That being said, we hope that you enjoy your new found solitude and wish you the best of luck. (After watching this video, you won't need luck, you will need clean plates to destroy!)

    In this video we will start from scratch. The learning structure used in these videos, gears all users up to be able to follow its contents from start to beginning. This is one of the few videos made that allow a novice, experienced TD or mid level 3D artist the ability to learn on the same level.

    (This single video is over double our normal length)

    Short Description
    This video is the first in a series to teach EVERYONE how to do proper multi-level, multi-layered, destruction using Realflow and a plethora of other 3D CG Animation Packages. We will show you how to do things in Houdini, Maya and 3DS Max so that you can jump between all of them depending on where you work. Now you have no excuse not to be a VFX MASTER.


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