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Wizard Combat Tutorials

Posted: Mon, 22nd Feb 2010, 4:14pm

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Wizard Combat Tutorials

My latest set of video tutorials focuses on the Wizard Combat sequence, which you might have seen a preview of a few weeks ago. I'll be releasing a new tutorial each week throughout March, so keep checking back.

Week One: Wizard Combat sequence



Week Two: Wand Glow Tutorial



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Week Three: Energy Beam Tutorial



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Week Four: Collider Tutorial



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Week Five: Magic Goo Tutorial



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Week Six: Color Grading Tutorial

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Posted: Mon, 22nd Feb 2010, 6:28pm

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Looks awesome... Is this the entire short or will more be revealed later?
Posted: Mon, 22nd Feb 2010, 6:53pm

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That's the whole thing. Its just a quick scene created specifically for this series of tutorials, which I've no doubt will be awesome.

Tarn's effects work in this is really superb. I'm continually impressed as his VisionLab work gets better and better.
Posted: Tue, 23rd Feb 2010, 2:03pm

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Thanks, Axeman!

Hope people like the tutorials once they're done, too.
Posted: Tue, 23rd Feb 2010, 4:19pm

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Nice Tarn. I think you are the master of subtly when it comes to things like flares and grading. You really know how to tie everything together.
Posted: Tue, 23rd Feb 2010, 6:48pm

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Brilliant!
Posted: Wed, 24th Feb 2010, 7:24am

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Brilliant
Posted: Fri, 26th Feb 2010, 1:59pm

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Thanks guys!

Just a quick update to say that the first tutorial will go up on Monday.
Posted: Fri, 26th Feb 2010, 2:00pm

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Tarn wrote:


Just a quick update to say that the first tutorial will go up on Monday.
*goes into hibernation*
Looking forward to it. This was done with some stock footage right?
Posted: Fri, 26th Feb 2010, 2:05pm

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It was quite a mixture of effects. Wait and see. wink
Posted: Mon, 1st Mar 2010, 2:33pm

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OK, the first tutorial has been uploaded and can be found in the first post of this topic! Hope you guys like it.
Posted: Mon, 1st Mar 2010, 4:55pm

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Love it!
Posted: Mon, 1st Mar 2010, 9:07pm

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Awesome! Not gonna leave a real long comment since I already did with my youtube account on the video. Good job guys! -SG
Posted: Tue, 9th Mar 2010, 4:24am

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More great stuff on the second installment. Another technique that I've used on occasion, Tarn, is to include the core on the second layer, but shift its color so that it matches the glow. That way you can effectively get three layers of glow, to create a softer gradient as it falls away from the trunk of the effect. Then altering the twitch and wave controls ever so slightly on the second layer imparts the glow with a bit of life of its own, which can potentially increase the power of the effect.

Not that your effect needed it, it looks terrific as is, but its a trick to play with on another occasion. The gleam technique you use on both of these first tutorials is really quite clever and effective. I wouldn't have thought of that.
Posted: Tue, 9th Mar 2010, 2:24pm

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Axeman wrote:

The gleam technique you use on both of these first tutorials is really quite clever and effective.
That's actually the part that stuck out the most to me. Really, really, well done.
Posted: Wed, 10th Mar 2010, 9:34am

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Thanks guys! smile
Posted: Mon, 15th Mar 2010, 3:43pm

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Week 4's video is now online! This week I'm taking a look at the flashy collider part of the effect.

Posted: Mon, 15th Mar 2010, 7:07pm

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Very nice Tarn... very nice. biggrin
Posted: Sun, 21st Mar 2010, 2:17am

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Great Tarn smile
People will know how to make they're effects look better after this. wink
Posted: Mon, 22nd Mar 2010, 5:08pm

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The latest video is now available! Check the first post for details.

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Posted: Mon, 22nd Mar 2010, 6:33pm

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This keeps getting better and better. biggrin
Posted: Mon, 22nd Mar 2010, 7:11pm

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I really appreciate how well this latest clip illustrates that using stock footage isn't simply a matter of dropping a stock clip on top of your footage and being done. Stock is an excellent resource, and Tarn has clearly demonstrated how it generally needs to be modified and adjusted to really work in a scene. Once again, well done sir!
Posted: Mon, 22nd Mar 2010, 10:18pm

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Brilliant as always Tarn!
Posted: Tue, 23rd Mar 2010, 8:53am

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Thanks guys! Axeman actually spotted an error on one of the title cards for this latest one, so I'm just uploading a new version with a fix (dammit!).

Glad you're enjoying the tutes, though, they were a lot of fun to do.

Quick question: Do you guys generally prefer several tutorials around a single shot/sequence, as with this little series, or would you rather each tutorial was based on a completely different effect?
Posted: Tue, 23rd Mar 2010, 9:26am

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Thanks for asking T. but what you're doing right now is great IMO.
It makes a ton of sense and is very easy to understand plus you don't over-complicate anything in the tut.

Some folks may need you to hold their hand while they go through the tut but not all of us I think.

I for one look forward to any of your tuts and or dvd's when they come out.

Since we're on the subject... when can we expect a much needed tut on the lightning engine?

I was really inspired by the 1st few pics that you posted while you were working on your last DVD tut... the star wars type one.

That was most likely the best lightning that I've seen anywhere and I can honestly say that it looked better than what you used for the DVD...
That's just me though.

But yeah... I've been messing around with the lightning engine for about 3 and a half weeks and came up with some really good looking force lightning. Not that anyone gives a crap but I will do some more tweaking and post a screenshot or two to get your opinion soon.

Anyway... great job so far. biggrin
Posted: Tue, 23rd Mar 2010, 9:29am

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The space adventure DVD did have tutorials on the lightning, plus the 'energy beam' tutorial in the Wizard Combat series is all about lightning. I presume you've watched them already, though. smile

Was there a particular topic relating to lightning you wanted to know about?
Posted: Wed, 24th Mar 2010, 5:43pm

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Oops sorry. I checked those out again. I didn't pay close enough attention during my first viewing of those tuts.

Well... check this out. I'm still working on the color and have to adjust the wave and seed settings but I'm liking the overall appearance so far. Let me know what you think.


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Posted: Thu, 25th Mar 2010, 9:46am

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That's a pretty dramatic shot!

One thing that'd help it a lot, I think, would be to do some grading on the floor. The lightning is so intense and so close to the floor that it should be lighting it up red a bit - check out how the sparks on the ground are lighting up the ground yellow.
Posted: Thu, 25th Mar 2010, 11:13pm

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Right on. Thanks Tarn and glad you liked it. I was afraid that it may look a little too... I don't know... corny and over the top maybe?

I was thinking of duplicating the footage, de-saturate it and then play with the levels to make an alpha matte to key out the brighter parts of the image.
Then add a separate grade filter with an object mask to color grade those more vibrant colors and parts of the background as they light up since the guy who shot the footage used onset pyrotechnics which look really good during playback.
Posted: Mon, 29th Mar 2010, 3:31pm

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Here's the final segment of the Wizard Combat tutorials!



Thanks again to everyone for watching, hope you enjoyed the last month's installments. smile
Posted: Mon, 29th Mar 2010, 4:28pm

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Thanks. Great stuff.... smile
Posted: Mon, 9th Aug 2010, 8:26pm

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Really cool sequence. I'm going to try and find time later to study how you created the battle sequence.
Posted: Mon, 16th Aug 2010, 10:52pm

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So the water effect came from action essentials 2 then. Do they sell a dvd with just the water effects themselves? Or can you only get them through the entire packaged dvd.