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3D Special Effects Rigging and Dynamics Made Easy

LightWave's Automation and Dynamics Capabilities are the focus of new DVD Training Release (January 26, 2006)
Desktop Images, a leading provider of training DVDs for the digital content creation market, today announces the availability of two new "Visual FX Series" instructional DVDs entitled "Technical Direction" and "Dynamics and Detail". The two new DVDs offer a virtual classroom experience, providing step-by-step visual instruction that focuses on technical direction skills for model rigging, secondary animation and the application of real world dynamics to a scene.

Technical Direction (DI2109)  explores model rigging techniques that enable objects to react automatically to actions and movement within a scene. Expressions, Soft FX and Follower are just a few LightWave tools explored. A Zero fighter model is the subject for demonstrating a variety of techniques for anticipatory animation of control surface flaps, synchronized movement of landing gear, tire dynamics and reactive wheel rotation all with accuracy and controllability.

Dynamics & Detail (DI2110)  uses a pre-animated attack sequence to apply dynamics within a scene. Particle explosions, flying debris and snapping cables are animated with the use of Particle Dynamics, HardFX, SoftFX, Metalink, Wind and Collision Effectors. Techniques are demonstrated for applying density and weight to objects that react accurately to friction and gravity attributes for real world dynamic effects.

This release adds to The Visual FX Series which includes "3D Effects Compositing" (DI2107)  and "Set Extensions" (DI2108)  all together offering over six hours of instruction on Visual Effects production for Film, Television Commercial and Music Video production.

About the instructor
Greg Sullivan has been animating on computers since the debut of the Apple IIe. Former lead animation director for KidzVid Studios where he over saw three full length animated DVDs. Since then Greg has directed animated television commercials, created "performance animation" pieces for live, interactive experiences and contributed to several independent films.
Each Desktop Images training DVD is created as a "virtual classroom experience" featuring the abilities of highly talented artist instructors. The instructor is presented in a virtual 3D environment with full screen and close up views of the computer's interface inter-cut to maximize the learning experience and minimize viewer fatigue. Each DVD is extensively menu indexed with accompanying reference insert to easily locate subject matter for quick review.

Pricing and Availability
The Visual FX Series is released in the DVD Video format for playback on set-top DVD players as well as DVD drive equipped computers. Each Visual FX training DVD is available individually for USD $69.95 MSRP or the four-part series for USD $249.95 MSRP through the company's Web site, and designated resellers. Viewers with DVD-ROM equipped computers can access project files and source material for each lesson. For more information on the Visual FX Series and other Desktop Images products, visit

About Desktop Images
Founded in 1992, Desktop Images has become a leading producer and distributor of training DVDs for digital content creation software and hardware products. Based in Burbank, Calif., Desktop Images currently features training for Avid Xpress Pro/DV, NewTek LightWave 3D, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe After Effects and Discreet Combustion. The company's products are distributed through both direct and reseller-based sales efforts. For more information on Desktop Images or its products, visit

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Related Keywords:Visual FX, LightWave 3D, rigging, animation, Metalink, cloth FX, Particle FX, Expressions, Follower


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