Upcoming Dates

  • Dec. 9 - 11, 2019

  • Jan. 6 - 8, 2020

  • March 23 - 25, 2020

Smoke 101 | 3 Day

An Introduction to Smoke - $1,750


This three-day hands-on course introduces key interface components, media management, editing essentials, color correction, basic animation techniques, keying and compositing. This course also provides an introduction to ConnectFX/Action: Smoke’s powerful 3D compositing environment. The goal of this course is to enable editors and compositors to quickly learn the essential skills needed to use Smoke in the post-production industry as well as understand the concepts that will allow them to expand their skills while using Smoke in their daily work.

Each student gets their own workstation.  

Who should attend? The course is designed for users who are knowledgeable of editing and compositing workflows but are novice to Smoke.

Prerequisites: Knowledge of Mac OS X and basic computer navigation. Familiarity with compositing and/or editing applications such as Final Cut Pro, Motion or Color is recommended

What you will learn:

  • NAVIGATE the user interface

  • IMPORT and ORGANIZE media

  • PERFORM basic editing on the timeline

  • APPLY and EDIT timeline effects


  • COMPOSITE multi-layer scene

  • CREATE a basic 3D scene

  • RENDER and EXPORT the final project

  • Understand the Smoke workflow

  • Reveal the power and capabilities of the timeline effects

  • Acquire an introductory understanding of 3D compositing

Course Outline:

Day 1:

Getting Started

  • Start Smoke

  • EditDesk Overview

  • Interface Layouts

  • Player

  • Timeline Navigation

  • Keyboard Shortcuts

Basic Editing

  • Source/Record View

  • Source/Record Timeline

  • Overwrite Edits

  • Insert Edits

  • Editing

  • Settings

  • Sliding clips

  • Trimming Clips, Heads & Tails

  • Cue Marks

  • Cuts & Editorial Dissolves

Media Workflow (part 1)

  • Project & User

  • Library Interface

  • Import Media

  • Load & Join

  • Source and Record Areas

  • Starting a New Sequence

  • Saving your Work

  • Switch Project

Timeline Effects

  • Introduction to Soft FX

  • Resize FX

  • Timeline Controls

  • Introduction to the Color

  • Corrector

  • Copy FX

  • Gap FX

  • Focus Point

  • Process FX

Day 2:

Color Correction

  • Introduction to the Color Warper

  • Matching Shots in the Timeline

  • Triptych View

  • Timeline FX vs. Desktop FX

  • Balance Shots


  • Introduction to the Text Effect

  • Introduction to keyframe animation

  • Timeline

  • Versioning

Media Management (part 2)

  • User Preferences

  • Drag & Drop Conform

  • Organize Media

  • Sequence Workflow

  • Network Options


  • Process and Export the Timeline

Compositing on the Timeline

  • Introduction to Axis FX

  • Vertical Editing

  • Matte Container

  • Axis Controls

Day 3:


  • Master Keyer introduction

  • Refine the Matte

  • Patching Techniques

  • Gmask

  • Introduction

  • Tracking Introduction

  • Introduction to 3D Compositing

  • Introduction to Action

  • Interface Overview

  • Create a Multi-layer Composite

  • Position Elements in the 3D Space

  • Multi-Viewports

  • Action Schematic

  • Render the

  • Scene

  • Clip History

Click here for a free 30 day Smoke trial before you take the class.

*BUNDLE SMOKE 101 + 201 for over 15% OFF


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Smoke 201 | 2 Day

Advanced Compositing - $1,195


This two-day hands-on course focuses on advance compositing and visual effects. You will learn keying; color correction and tracking techniques that will help you achieve complex composites with professional results. As well you will create 3D scenes that take full advantage of Smoke’s powerful 3D compositing environment and 3D tools. This course complements the Smoke 101 course.

Each student gets their own workstation.  

Who should attend? The course is designed for users who have taken the Smoke 101 class or are already familiar with the Smoke software.

Prerequisites: Smoke 101 course or familiarity with the Smoke software

What you will learn:

  • Ability to create complex 3D composites in Smoke

  • Advance keying and tracking techniques

  • Understanding of 3D workflow and lighting techniques

  • COMPOSITE a 3D scene

  • ACHIEVE complex KEYING

  • COLOR CORRECTION techniques

  • TRACKING techniques

  • TRACK Garbage Masks

  • TRACK elements in Action

  • IMPORT 3D objects and scene

  • CREATE and modify 3D text

  • ADD lights and shadows

  • USE motion blur

Course Outline:

Day 1:

Keying in Action

  • Working in Action

  • Keying in Action

  • Keying Tips & Techniques

  • Garbage Masks

  • Rotoscoping

Secondary Color Correction

  • Color Warper Selectives

  • Color Isolation techniques

Tracking & Stabilizing

  • Auto-Stabilizing

  • Tracking Garbage Masks

  • Tracking Elements in Action

Day 2:

Action Surfaces and 3D Scene

  • Surface Types

  • Warping Images

  • 3D Views

  • Cameras

  • 4-Point Tracking (corner Pinning)

Advance 3D compositing

  • Import 3D Model and Create 3D Text

  • Lighting Techniques

  • Shading

  • Texture Mapping

  • Motion Blur

Media Management

  • Manage your projects and your Media

  • Archive a Smoke project

  • Restore a Smoke project

*Modular Keyer Overvied

  • Advanced Node-Based Keyer Overview

* This additional topic is available to users familiar with node-based compositing.

Click here for a free 30 day Smoke trial before you take the class.

*BUNDLE SMOKE 101 + 201 for over 15% OFF