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Upcoming Dates

  • June 25 - 27, 2018
  • July 9 - 11, 2018
  • Aug. 6 - 8, 2018
  • Dec. 5 - 7, 2018

Smoke 101 | 3 Day

An Introduction to Smoke - $1,750

[THREE-DAY INTENSIVE, 10am-6pm]

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
  • COLOR CORRECT shots
  • 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

Titling

  • 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

Rendering

  • Process and Export the Timeline

Compositing on the Timeline

  • Introduction to Axis FX
  • Vertical Editing
  • Matte Container
  • Axis Controls

Day 3:

Keying

  • 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