In this Professional Series course, we will explore some of the techniques and concepts used during the lighting and rendering of our transforming robot project. In Volume 9 of this 'Transforming Robot Production Pipeline' series, we will discuss the techniques that were used and some of the issues that were encountered during the lighting and rendering of this transforming robot project. We will look at how we went about matching the lighting between our CG and live-action elements, setting up our materials and textures, and rendering all of the passes and other information that our compositing artists will be using during Volume 10 of this series. Software required: Maya 2012.
Kyle was one of the first authors for Digital-Tutors (now a Pluralsight company) and has been a part of the team for over 10 years. Kyle began his career in computer graphics education as a college instructor and worked as a Digital-Tutors rendering tutor and curriculum manager since 2002.
Introduction and Project Overview Hello, and welcome to the Transforming Robot Production Pipeline Volume 9-- Lighting and Rendering. This is an advanced learning guide brought to you by Digital-Tutors, the world's largest online CD training library, and an Autodesk authorized publisher. My name's Kyle. And I've had the privilege of teaching Maya to students, educators, and professional artists for over a decade. And, also, I'm highly privileged to work with an extraordinarily talented team of artists and instructors here at digital-tutors. So when our team sat down to build this transforming robot series really we approached this from a purely educational standpoint. So our goal was to document our processes, our workflows, any complications that we ran into, and how we were able to overcome those. All with the express purpose of sharing that knowledge with you. So in this course we'll be looking at some of the techniques that I used, and some of the issues that I faced during the lighting and rendering of this transforming robot project. I do need to point out that this course is not intended for anyone who's still very new at Maya rendering. So if you have not already done so then I would highly recommend viewing our Introduction to mental ray course, our HDRI workflows with Maya and Photoshop, and linear workflow rendering strategies in Maya. So with that, if you're ready, then we'll get started in our next lesson.