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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!

Download Nature and Leaf Video Transitions

Download HD Nature and Forest Transitions here

ProductionCrate is here to offer you a collection of beautifully built transitions that bring an exciting twist to your editing.

Each asset has been tuned to precisely match the vibrant colors from the real world.

With multiple variations to choose from, you can use several of these at different transitions in a single video and still keep it fresh!

Download HD Leaf and Nature Transitions

All of our transitions have been pre-keyed, which gives you the full power of the alpha channel. Thanks to this feature, you won’t need to tediously key out the background and deal with messy compositing. Your workflow will speed up considerably!

So how can you use these effects? You first need an editing program – we recommend anything that supports multi-layered editing, such as Premiere Pro, After Effects, Sony Vegas or Final Cut.

Download one of the transitions. If you haven’t already, you will need to make a ProductionCrate account (which is completely free!). Upgrading to the Pro option will let you download the entire library, though you can still download plenty of effects for free. What a deal!

Once you have imported the transition into your project, put it in the layer above the two clips that you will be switching between.

Download HD Leaf and Nature Transitions

Each transition has at least one point in time in which there is no alpha visible. This is the magic moment in which the two clips swap with each other. Align this with the moment you want to see the cut.

Download HD Leaf and Nature Transitions

It’s as simple as that!

We have hundreds of HD transitions that you can download from our motion-graphics category. You can also check out our backgrounds which can bring great production value to your projects.

Creating Bullet Impact VFX Assets (Download)

You can download these HD bullet impact effect here

It’s been a while since we last added bullet impact effects to our FootageCrate VFX library, but this update has been worth the wait!

12 incredible new impact assets are a part of our latest collection, with 3 being completely free to download now. You can find the rest of our dust and debris elements here.

Download HD Dust Bullet Impact VFX Assets

These action-packed VFX elements range from 1080p to 4K, meeting the professional standards that you need to make your compositing project stand out. Each is at a consistent 30 fps, and have been pre-keyed to maintain perfect transparency, making it easy to edit them into your shot. Alternatively, you may choose the greenscreen versions which can be downloaded by selecting the MP4 file from the dropdown list.

If you haven’t subscribed to our Youtube channel, we would like to introduce you to our show VFXperiments, where we breakdown the magic behind creating these incredible effects for our community. Our latest episode covers these exciting bullet impact effects!

So now that you’ve caught up with how awesome these effects are, let’s take a look at how we can use them.

The first step is to pick which asset best fits your shot. Is the bullet impacting the floor? Perhaps a wall? Whatever the case, the available variations will meet your needs.

Download HD Dust Bullet Impact VFX Assets

Grab your footage, (in this case I’m using a photo from Pexels.com) and use a compositing software such as Adobe After Effects or Hitfilm and add the bullet impact into your project. If your footage is moving, you can use one of the built-in camera trackers immerse the effect into your video.

Download HD Dust Bullet Impact VFX Assets

Luckily for us, adding these bullet impacts to your video is surprisingly easy thanks to its built-in alpha channel! All we need to do is color correct the layer to match the footage. This can be achieved by applying a tint effect and selecting the colors of the impacted surface as the color to blend into. Making it slightly brighter will then give it the atmospheric-glow that we see in the real world.

Adding some shading can also work wonders! Take a look at the bottom left dust burst for example, where half of the smoke has been covered in shadow. You can recreate this by duplicating the dust burst and having the lower layer darker than the one above. The top layer can then be masked so that only the area in sunlight is visible. This is one of the most effective ways to make your bullet-impact look lifelike!

Download HD Dust Bullet Impact VFX Assets

You can use the tint effect for other scenarios too, with the video covering how to use these impact assets to create an alien sci-fi weapon effect. Additionally, you can tint the footage red to create an instant blood burst!

Download HD Dust Bullet Impact VFX Assets

We’re excited to see what you can create with these bullet impact VFX – get started by downloading them today.

If you’re interested in our other huge collection of assets to fuel your creative projects, check out our tank VFX assets.

Download Ancient Temple Matte-Painting Assets

Download ancient temple matte-painting assets here

We have uncovered a collection of ancient structure assets for your VFX and matte-painting projects.

With several different lighting angles, such as overcast and sunny. These effects are built to match your footage without any hassle!

All of our Free users can access these high-quality graphics, which all have been built with scalability in mind, so whether it’s a tight shot or a wide angle, your VFX will blend in realistically. Pro users can download these at full-resolution (4K)!

You can combine these with our apocalyptic overhanging-vine and destruction graphics to blend the temple into your scenery, giving the appearance that the abandoned temple has been left there for centuries.

If you’re interested in creating your own, we have a special new category of 3D ancient structure assets! These are perfect for your game level designs, 3D renders and VFX! But we’ll get into the full power of these 3D assets in a future article.

Want to know more about our GraphicsCrate library of thousands of matte-painting VFX goodies? Check out our apocalypse effects!

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

Download 4K Ground Fog Effects

Download 4K ground fog and mist effects here.

If you too find yourself entranced by the peaceful and fluid motion of wispy smoke, you’re in luck! We’ve just released a fantastic bundle of 10 production-ready fog effects, all ready for you to download right away.

Each asset has been pre-keyed, so you can drop these into your composition and make use of the built-in transparent background without any extra preparation.

The 4K resolution also means you will be able to flexibly scale these effects without any noticeable loss in quality.

Download 4K Ground Mist Video Effects

Create an eerie atmosphere by adding these to your shots. We’ve angled these effects so that they will fit onto the ground of your scene and match the perspective perfectly.

We even have several variations in style, such as slow-motion and turbulent!

You can even get creative with the unique appearance of these mist effects, and build an awesome sci-fi portal effect!

Download 4K Ground Mist Video Effects

Want to see how these were made? Check out our first ever episode of VFXperiments, where we take you behind the scenes and show you how we made some of these insanely cool assets.

We’re excited to see what you create with these effects! If you’re interested to see more of ProductionCrate’s content, check out our UFO effects!

 

 

 

 

Download Apocalypse Matte Painting VFX

Download Apocalypse VFX matte painting assets here

ProductionCrate has just released a huge new bundle of apocalyptic assets!

Transforming an entire scene into a wasteland is one of the most enjoyable VFX projects you can take on. You can bring destruction to buildings, roadways, cars, plants, and just about anything that you like, taking inspiration from the Walking Dead, the Umbrella Academy or 28 Days Later. Though often this can involve many hours of tedious work to create each individual feature of the scene.

Thankfully, we’re here to help. We’ve created over 50 set extension assets to help you construct your post-apocalyptic VFX shots. Let’s take a look at some!

Download HD Apocalypse VFX Assets

This apocalyptic city is perfect for distant set extensions. All our assets have been pre-keyed and are ready for you to import into almost any compositing software, whether that is After Effects, Hitfilm, Fusion or Premiere Pro. We even have several different lighting variations, so that you can choose the one that best matches the environment of your shot.

Download HD Apocalypse VFX Assets

We also have over 25 damaged car assets for you to download and composite onto your empty roads. There are two different car types, all with a huge range of angles, lighting conditions and shadow mattes – so you can be sure that these will blend into your shot without any trouble. For even more variation, you can even change the hue and saturation of the car paint! Download these destroyed car set extension effects here. 

Download HD Apocalypse VFX Assets

We’ve also added some awesome large-scale smoke plume graphics! These PNG effects are perfect for distant smoke and are incredibly easy to use with their transparent backgrounds. We also have several HD animated smoke plumes if you want to include motion in these effects which you can download here. Use these to help create an atmosphere in your scene that no other practical effect can!

Download HD VFX Smoke Plume Assets

Time for an in-depth look at how you can composite these into your scene! Chris and Adrian cover all the techniques you will need in this especially awesome Saturday Morning tutorial:


We’ll love to see what you can create with these stunning effects! If you want to learn how you can composite a nuclear blast into this post-apocalyptic landscape, check out this tutorial here. 

Download Space Matte Painting VFX Assets

Download space matte painting VFX assets here

Space is every VFX artist’s dream!

Planets, nebula, galaxies, stars, black holes and thousands of other interstellar features can be built together into a spectacular colorful mess.

In cinema, there are no rules to what our galactic scenery can look like. We can experience the dark and dangerous feel of Interstellar, or the vivid and lively action packed sets from Guardians of the Galaxy.

If you’re new here, ProductionCrate is a library of thousands of visual effects, sound effects, graphics and other creative resources – all available for you to download to save time and money! Here you can access a whole bundle of space related effects to build your incredible VFX projects.

Download Professional Matte Painting Space VFX Assets

One of our favorite collections is the huge array of nebula assets. These come as high resolution (4000×4000) graphics that you can composite into your space backgrounds. This can be done in most compositing software, such as After Effects, Hitfilm or Nuke. You may even drop several of them into your 3D software to create 3D nebulae instantly!

Download Professional Matte Painting Space VFX Assets

If you need to get started, check out our basic star texture background. This will be the perfect canvas for you to start building out your scene.

Download Professional Matte Painting Space VFX Assets

We’ll love to see what you create with these space VFX assets. You can check out a full tutorial which will breakdown the pipeline behind CGI a space scene.

If you want to check out even more cool content, have a look at our Helictoper VFX tutorial!

 

 

Spaceship UFO VFX – Tutorial

Download HD UFO VFX Assets Here

Whether they’re friendly or not (usually the latter), no Sci-Fi movie is complete without alien spaceships flying over a city. They’re some of the coolest VFX shots out there.

We’re super happy to be introducing these new HD UFO effects, all available for you to download! We even have a free option, so this tutorial is for all of you.

Inspired by Independence day, District 9 and Arrival, we want to show you how you can create your own blockbuster CGI alien spaceship. So let’s get started with the tutorial!

You can use almost any compositing software for this tutorial, whether that’s Nuke, Hitfilm, or Premiere Pro. I’ll be using After Effects!

We’ll first need the city that our outer-worldly visitors will be hanging out over. I’ve gone for the popular choice, New York City! You can download the same image here from Pexels.

Download UFO Spaceship VFX Tutorial

You can apply the same VFX techniques to a video if you would rather use that! If you haven’t yet downloaded the UFO assets, download the effects here.

We can drop our first spaceship into our shot! You’ll find that it’s already looking incredibly realistic without any work needed to be done. FootageCrate elements are all designed to make your workflow as easy as possible!

The first adjustment we want to make is ensuring that the lighting is in the correct direction. You’ll see that the sunlight is coming from the left side of the screen, so if the UFO asset doesn’t match, simply flip it horizontally. This makes the scene seem consistent.

Download UFO Spaceship VFX Tutorial

The next small adjustment we can perform is adding a tint effect. Make both colors match the sky, so that the UFO appears to be distant in the sky. Typically, you’ll increase the tint if the spaceship is larger or further away to give a sense of scale.

Download UFO Spaceship VFX Tutorial

Feel free to go crazy and add even more of our spaceship assets! Once again you can change the tint levels so that the closer spaceships have less of it applied (which you can see in the top right asset).

Download UFO Spaceship VFX Tutorial

If you have buildings that are supposed to obstruct the view of some of these VFX assets like I have here, you can either rotoscope the foreground, or use a simple color key with the sky as the target! We can then use this duplicated layer above our UFO effects to put the buildings in front.

Download UFO Spaceship VFX Tutorial

And it’s as easy as that! In no time we have our VFX UFO invasion underway. Add any final corrections you would like to your scene. I’ve even used our Auto-Cinemabar plugin to quickly create the cinema aspect ratios in a single click!

Download UFO Spaceship VFX Tutorial

We’ll love to see what you create with these UFO VFX assets! If you’re tempted to create your own UFO animations, Pro Users can download our model here.

If you’re interested in more compositing tutorials, check out our Helictoper tutorial.