Create Position Reference (Pref) Pass in Vray for Maya

While Vray is remarkably intuitive for some daily operations, others might require a much more convoluted process. The creation of non-standard render passes, and especially the “Pref” pass is one of these (read that P-ref, like you’d read T-Rex). A few tutorials cover how to render custom render passes (a.k.a. AOVs) such as this one [...]

By | October 21st, 2016|Maya, Nuke, Tutorials|2 Comments

Rendering Textured XGen Fur with Vray in Maya 2016

Even though I usually like to post about Compositing, I’m doing a little exception this time. I recently had to help a student create Fur for her personal project, and I got surprised how few tutorials were present online for the Xgen/Vray Combo. Some sort of Bug prevented us to make any progress for a long [...]

By | August 4th, 2016|Maya, Tutorials|5 Comments

Compositing elements with a colored background, or how to invert almost any comp operation.

Alright, that’s a long title, but that’s the shortest I could come up with to describe this tutorial. It’s not rare that someone, somewhere, provides us with an element (logo, UI, motion graphics, precomp, anything really) with a nice alpha, but with a white or colored background.  Of course it’s not ideal, but that’s nothing [...]

By | June 26th, 2016|General, Nuke, Tutorials|1 Comment

Nuke for Beginners: The Shuffle Node

People getting started with Nuke, even experienced Compositors coming from other software, often seem confused about the Shuffle Node. Prerequisite knowledge The first thing to understand, is that in Nuke you're not limited by 1 RGBA layer. You will sometime see the word Channel and Layer used interchangeably (example: Multichannel EXR), I prefer to use Channel [...]

By | February 16th, 2016|Nuke, Tutorials|6 Comments

Nuke & Python: Making your first functional plugin: Node colors presets. Part 1/2

We’ve looked at a few examples of Nuke code in my previous posts, and hopefully you’re starting to get around to reading Python code. Today I’d like to take you through the whole process of making a small python plug-in. We will start by defining the project, think about different solutions, define the main structure [...]

By | May 4th, 2015|Nuke, Python, Tutorials|0 Comments