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Desktop Images Announces Visual FX Training Series

Comprehensive two-part DVD series taught by Emmy Award Winning artist Jarrod Davis (May 25, 2005)

Visual Effects Series

Visual FX Series with LightWave 3D & Combustion

Desktop Images, a leading provider of training DVDs for the digital content creation market, today announced the availability of the Visual FX Series, "3D Effects Compositing" and "Set Extensions" a step-by-step instructional DVD set for mastering the essential skills of seamlessly integrating computer generated 3D elements with live action footage.

The two-part Visual FX Series offers in-depth, step-by-step training that leads participants through 3D animation and multi-pass rendering procedures and advanced compositing techniques. With concepts that can be applied to a variety of 3D and compositing applications, the series utilizes NewTek LightWave 3D and Discreet Combustion for demonstrating technical concepts.

"Desktop Images' Visual FX Series contains powerful concepts for anyone involved in visual effects," says Executive Producer, Rex Olson. "Jarrod Davis provides technical as well as artistic insight into multi-pass render compositing, procedures that show you how to take any element you can imagine and seamlessly integrate it into a live action scene.

The Visual FX Series includes:
3D Effects Compositing (DI2107) - Demonstrates particle animation techniques for atmospheric effects, setting up the 3D scene to maximize compositing options, lighting objects in textured environments, rendering individual layer passes, and apply multi-layered effects. Jarrod also demonstrates color correction techniques, and shows how to use filters and grain to blend the elements for the final output.

Set Extensions (DI2108) - Illustrates how to seamlessly incorporate live action footage with 3D elements to turn an average street corner into a futuristic cityscape. Procedures for matching camera angles, perspective and scale for incorporating 3D objects, masks & mattes, blocking & cropping, creating scenic elements, lighting concepts, multi-pass layer rendering, color matching and detail.

Desktop Images professionally produces each training series utilizing "Virtual Set Technology," which presents the instructor in a virtual 3D environment. By providing a full screen view of the computer's interface, which is inter-cut with close-up views of the screen and keyboard, the user's learning experience is maximized while reducing viewer fatigue. To help reduce the learning curve, each DVD includes a time indexed reference card to easily locate subject matter for quick review.

About Jarrod Davis
Emmy Award winning Visual Effects Artist for Zoic Studios, Jarrod Davis has worked on numerous television, film and commercial projects including Van Helsing, CSI, Battlestar Galactica, Century City, Firefly, Star Trek: Enterprise, and Star Trek: Voyager. Though his career began working in 3D, he has grown to love and respect the power of compositing and believes that only by 2D and 3D working together can true excellence in visual effects be achieved.

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. Desktop Images visual training products feature working artists and instructors that provide industry tips and techniques in a real time visual instruction. Each Visual FX training DVD is available individually for USD $69.95 MSRP or the two-part series for USD $124.95 MSRP either through the company's Web site, or one of its designated resellers. The DVDs also includes an English subtitle track for hearing impaired viewers. 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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