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“Prying” 3D VFX Course (Z Brush, Substance Painter, Cinema4d)

Mark Thorsen from Digital Cube Media is the host of ProductionCrate’s exclusive 3D VFX course covering the techniques utilized in his short film “Prying”.

This 5 Part VFX course will go deep into the workflow and tools used in this amazing project. Mark covers Substance Painter, Z-Brush techniques, Pose-Morphing in C4D and more.


Course Contents

Lesson 1 – An introduction to the course.

Lesson 2 – Combining Z-Brush’s pose-morphing tool to create stunning animations in Cinema4D, without any hassle setting up complicated character rigs.

Lesson 3 – A look into the power of Z-Brush’s Remeshing tool, which can clean the geometry of any model perfectly.

Lesson 4 – Utilizing ProductionCrate assets to create realistic vein displacement maps.

Lesson 5 – Introducing Substance Painter, the industries cutting-edge 3D material editing suite.


Watch the highlight below, you can watch the entire course here.

 

Creating Earthbender VFX

Recently we’ve had a dig at creating one of our most epic shots in ProductionCrate history – Earthbending!

We utilised the full range of FootageCrate content to help us achieve this destruction VFX. After building out the scene in 3ds Max, smoke bursts, shockwaves and debris elements from FootageCrate (which you can download here) brought the compositing to the next level.

Our powerful Camera Shake Script also gave us control over realistically jolting the camera to fully immerse our viewers into this clip.

The crashing elements from SoundsCrate can also help build the action.

We used 3ds Max and After Effects as our choice of software, though anyone wishing to follow along will be able to use almost any program that has the same features!

Head over to our recent Davesplanation video to check out how we did it!

We hope projects like these inspire you to create your next epic project using ProductionCrate assets.

You can check out our previous Davesplanation, where we destroyed a plane!

Crush a Car with VFX!

We’re taking you on a quick journey to explore how we created this awesome car-crush VFX shot!

We’ll cover plenty of techniques in this mini-tutorial that will help you build your very own VFX shot from start to finish.

We used 3ds Max and After Effects for this, however, we’ve ensured that you will be able to follow along and use the same workflow in almost any other 3D software like Blender.

This is our first Davesplanation episode, so let us know if you want to see more!

Let’s get started:

You can download the car model here if you are a Pro User

For Pro’s we have another car model you can download here

Find the Crate’s Camera Shaker Script Here

The Sound Effects  used are all available on SoundsCrate

Kick down a door with VFX!

Whether you’re making a dramatic entrance, or you just don’t like doors, kicking down doors with VFX can be an awesome addition to your movie.

We featured a shot in our Captain Marvel VFX tutorial that included just this, and now we’re showing you how we did it!

You can apply these steps to almost any software, so whether you have Blender, 3Ds Max, Maya or Cinema4D, you’ll be able to follow along. Likewise, most compositing software (After Effects, Premiere Pro) will be powerful enough for you to use these techniques.

Watch our quick tutorial on how you can create your own door-kick VFX!

Want to learn even more compositing tricks? Check out our UFO invasion tutorial!

Download Studio HDRI Maps

Download HD studio HDRI environment maps here

Whether you’re needing to show off a product in a stylish way, or you just want some beautiful lighting for your renders, ProductionCrate has you covered!

We’ve built out a huge collection of professional studio HDRI maps, all built with quality in mind.

Download Studio HDRI Environment Maps Here

Our environment maps are up to 8K in resolution, meaning you’ll have as much detail as you’ll ever need to render out perfectly crisp shadows and sharp reflections. Our collection features strobes, soft lighting, intense lighting and other various setups for every scenario you may face.

We’ve ensured that our images have a true high dynamic range so that you’ll be able to adjust the exposure in a nearly infinite range of values and still maintain consistent quality.

These are compatible with almost every rendering engine including Vray, Octane and Redshift.

Click and drag the image below to preview one of our HDRI scenes

HDRI imagery is used widely in the CG industry to help create photorealistic 3D renders. While standard 8-bit images can contain 256 different values for each colour channel, 32-bit imagery can contain 16,777,216! This huge leap allows our HDRI imageries data to contain the difference in light intensities between the darkest and brightest part of our studio environment maps.

Download Studio HDRI Environment Maps Here

We’re excited to see what you build with these high-quality studio environment maps!

If you’re interested in even more great content, take a look at our natural sky HDRI environment maps here.

Download HDRI Maps for your 3D Projects

Download 8K HDRI maps here.

Say hello to your new source of specialist HDRI environment maps!

GraphicsCrate has widened its ever-expanding library of assets for visual artists by releasing over 25 HDRI maps, all ready to download. Our CG approach to creating these meant we are able to provide an exclusive range of environments unlike any other, such as space, oceans and at cloud-level.

Download HDRI Maps for your 3D Projects

We’ve also ensured that all of these have an un-clipped high dynamic range, meaning you can drop these into your 3D scenes and get the perfect lighting instantly.

These graphics are unlike any other, giving you the power to realistically light a spacecraft orbiting Earth, or even an aircraft mid-flight.

Download HDRI Maps for your 3D Projects

Our 8K resolution maps allow them to be used directly as backgrounds in your 3D projects without any further compositing.

Once downloaded, it’s yours forever! You can use it in games, 3D rendering and compositing to create the perfect look for your scene.

Download HDRI Maps for your 3D Projects

These textures are in .hdr format, which is compatible with most industry standard software such as 3ds Max, Cinema4D, Maya and Houdini, meaning you will never have to go through the hassle of converting to another file format.

Need even more 3D content? Discover our road materials here!