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Today Gnomon Workshop is releasing the FULLY UPDATED! Mental Ray: Fundamentals, Rendering Techniques with Matt Hartle. This DVD focuses on the fundamental implementation and functionality of Mental Ray from within Maya. This title covers many important topics, including the Mental Ray interface, Memory and Performance, Raytracing, Motion Blur, Displacements and much more. This DVD is a great resource for any production artist needing to get the most out of Mental Ray.
On this DVD, Matt focuses on the fundamental implementation and functionality of Mental Ray from within Maya. He covers many areas, beginning with an in-depth exploration of the interface of Mental Ray, including the use of MEL scripts to access custom features. Next, he shows an initial scene setup using a custom naming script to label files automatically and correctly as they are output. Many other topics are covered in depth, including setting up basic frame buffers, using diagnostics to debug your scenes, various implementations of motion blur including the rasterizer (rapid motion), lens shaders, a custom shader allowing you to blur in post, depth of field, displacement utilizing the latest techniques, including a thorough explanation of ccmeshes (Catmull-Clark meshes) and how to access them from within Mental Ray for Maya.
Mental Ray Interface
Initial Scene setup
MEL Commands for Scene Setup
Memory and Performance
Sampling and Contrast Threshold
Basic Frame Buffer
Depth of Field
Matt is currently 3D Director at DEVA Studios. Matt has been in the theatrical advertising and visual effects industry for over eleven years. During that time he has contributed to many projects including dozens of film trailers such as 10,000 B.C., Wanted, Beowulf, Forbidden Kingdom, the Harry Potter franchise, Iron Man, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Charlotte's Web to name a few. He has also led teams that created such memorable studio logos as Sony Pictures Animation, JC 23, and many iterations of the Warner Brothers logo. Matt has taught at various institutes for animation and visual effects including the Academy of Art, San Francisco and the Gnomon School of Visual Effects in Hollywood. Matt studied Illustration at Art Center College.
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