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Jack D
09-16-2009, 12:24 PM
I've been looking around for training DVD that focuses on video compositing with lightwave 9.6 and I can't find one. I have looked a Kurv and 3D garage and while I have found one at Desktop it seems out dated. It could be I'm just missing them but I could sure use some direction.

Any ideas?

09-16-2009, 01:23 PM
You sure 4 threads is enough? :)

No clue btw.. never seen one either, but never really looked for it...

09-16-2009, 02:10 PM
If u mean doing the compositing within LW... then ur SOL really, LW doesnt have much for that anyway, background image/sequence, maybe add some geometry to catch shadows, thats about all there is to tell.

If you're talking about the process of composting 3d lements into video, and want to learn about camera matching, light matching, etc, etc... then any number of different VFX books or training should suit u fine, as such processes have little to do with the packages you use.

09-16-2009, 03:33 PM
good luck

09-16-2009, 03:41 PM
I’m a novice in this area, Lightwave is one thing & video editing is something else.

The guys in the SpeedEdit section are extremely helpful to say the very least. They gave me a stack of help which I very much appreciated, it would have taken infinitely longer to get going without there help.

Not only will you need SpeedEdit or similar software, your will need some DVD authoring software as well, Sony Architect Studio for example.

Saving frame as “.tga “makes life a lot easier with SpeedEdit.

As far as actual training info, they would be the ones to ask.

Jack D
09-16-2009, 04:19 PM
Yeah, that whole 4 thread thing was a mess, I had a little computer freakout and now I don't know how to delete them.
What I'm after is instruction on how to get the best result with lightwave, to add 3D elements into live action. I am using AfterEffects to do the compositing. I thought as much as Lightwave is used in live action there would be some specific training out there. Sounds like that's not the case. The best thing I found so for is from "desktop images" but it was done back in 2005. I guess most of the info. would be the same, I just thought there might be something new.

09-16-2009, 05:10 PM
I have looked a Kurv and 3D garage and while I have found one at Desktop it seems out dated.

http://www.spinquad.com/forums/showthread.php?t=25505 :) :D

09-16-2009, 09:53 PM
Visual Effects for Directors:


is an incredible DVD tutorial set. It is not really application-specific, but it does give you a great overview of comping 3D with live action and how best to accomplish it along with the caveats of the process. I think that there is still a 30% discount available.

That's good for maya and fusion. Only one I know of for lw with combustion. If the OP doesn't mind other software packages
there's a lot at gnomon

Richard Hebert
09-17-2009, 10:33 AM
There is a DVD tutorial series by Jarrod Davis that is LightWave specific and although a little outdated version wise, the fundamentals are all still the same. I've used these techniques for compositing with After Effects with really nice results. Just do a Google search for Jarrod Davis and more tuts may be available. He's worked for Zoic Studios on Firefly and Battlestar Galactica Miniseries (to name a couple) so you should check him out.



09-18-2009, 10:14 AM
I made some short .avi movies with LW, in output, no compression. Then I can use those clips in AfterEffect, stretch, rotate and so on.....
You can load them here: http://www.jessnet.fi/downloads.html
Absolutely free to use. :)

Jack D
09-18-2009, 11:54 AM
I found the DVD's by Jarrod Davis at http://desktopimages.com/. You can get the set of Composting and set extennsions for $100. That seems like a good price.

10-16-2009, 11:08 PM
If you like, you can go to videocopilot.net and check out the tutorials. He does composite 3Dmax renders (3d renders, doesnt matter that they are from max, whats important is how the variouse passes are rendered ie alpha channels etc.) in there specific image formats with AE.

The crater tute shows pretty much ALL the steps required. Make sure you watch all three.


Hope it helps.