Autodesk University
Compositing: What Is It Good For? An Introduction to Compositing
Lecture    AV2655
Marcus Kim
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Description

In today's design industry, 3D visualization has become an important part of the practice. Media and entertainment studios have long developed compositing techniques for their renderings, a method in which visual elements from a 3D scene are sent out as separate elements and stylistically reassembled through a compositing program into a single image. However, in the architecture design industry, these techniques are little known or typically practiced to a very limited degree using available software such as Adobe® Photoshop®. There exists a common misconception that a Hollywood-like compositing workflow is too expensive or beyond their reach. For architectural companies that have 3ds Max® software, a powerful compositing program called Autodesk® Composite is already inherently available. From Autodesk Composite software, learn how to assemble your rendered layers and make post-production changes that impact the look and feel of your final rendered image.

Key Learnings

  • Explain the principles of compositing
  • Render to individual layers from 3ds Max and 3ds Max® Design software
  • Define critical layer types that are crucial for maximum compositing flexibility
  • Begin using the high dynamic range OpenEXR image format instead of the traditional JPEG or TIF format

Speakers

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Marcus Kim is a Business Consultant for Autodesk Consulting with over 15 years of industry experience and has spoken at AU in 2011 and 2010. Prior to Autodesk, he has served as the BIM Manager at the Chicago office of Skidmore Owings and Merrill on many early BIM projects and has held lead roles at other AEC firms for competitions, design visualization, design architecture, and technical architecture. At Autodesk, Mr. Kim provides enterprise-level BIM consulting, BIM and design visualization training, and has mentored his customers throughout every critical phase of a project. Outside of Autodesk, Mr. Kim volunteers his time to chair the Chicago Chapter of the Computer Graphics Society, a non-profit organization, whose mission is to mentor professionals and students in the latest design and visualization techniques. Mr. Kim has a BA in Architecture from the University of Illinois Chicago, and an AAS in Digital Media from the American Academy of Art in Chicago.
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