Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Escape Studios' Vimeo Tutorial Channel

We're proud to announce our Escape Studios Vimeo Tutorial Channel to support our students with online resources.

The Vimeo Channel offers central hub for our animation and VFX video tutorials, making it easier than ever for our students to find tutorials to support their classroom studies. Tutorials begin with the bouncing ball and progress through to complex character and creature animation. All the tutorials are free for our students and Escapees.

Vimeo Channel
Online learning is part of making the best possible use of resources at Escape Studios; the goal being to provide more online digital support to supplement classroom studies.

Students can get sick, or miss a class through no fault of their own.
Digital tools such as video tutorials make it easy to catch up quickly and painlessly. The Vimeo Account is available all our students at Escape Studios. These can be used by undergraduate, post-graduate, short course students and those taking evening classes.

Vimeo Album Links
Below you can find the album links to the video tutorials. Remember that these are for our students only, and they are all password protected.

Animation Basics
Bouncing Ball

Introduction to Maya
Maya basics by Michael Davies
https://vimeo.com/album/5389397

Bouncing Ball - Intro to Animation
Bouncing Ball by Amanda Costa
https://vimeo.com/album/5605446
For more on the Bouncing Ball tutorial by Amanda Costa, read this blog post.
Pixo Jr Lamp hop

Luxo Lamp Hop
Luxo Lamp hop cycle and performance by Alexander Williams 
https://vimeo.com/album/5793268
Also read this blog post.

Locomotion - Animating Walks and Runs

Basic Walk Cycle with a Biped Primitive  
Basic Walk Cycle by Amanda Costa
https://vimeo.com/album/5605446
For more on the basic walk cycle tutorial, read this blog post.

Basic Walk Cycle with a Human Biped
Basic Walk Cycle with "Heavy" from Team Fortress by Alex Williams
https://vimeo.com/showcase/6316953

Monty
Character Walks with "Monty"
Character Walks with a Biped Primitive by Alexander Williams
https://vimeo.com/album/5605446 
For more on the character walks tutorial by Alex Williams, read this blog post.

How to Stop Feet Sliding in a Walk Cycle
How to stop feet sliding in a walk cycle
https://vimeo.com/showcase/5874233

Run Cycle with a Biped Primitive

Run cycle with Rocket Girl
Basic Run cycle with a biped primitive by Jasvinder Sahota https://vimeo.com/album/5605446
For more on the basic run cycle tutorial by Jasvinder Sahota, see this blog post.

Run Cycle by Amedeo Beretta
Run Cycle with Rocket Girl, by Amedeo Beretta
https://vimeo.com/album/5853121
For more on the Run Cycle with Rocket Girl, see this blog post.

Maya Tools, Techniques Plugins & Best Practice

Setting Up Your Shot - File Referencing
How to Do File Referencing Right by Amedeo Beretta
https://vimeo.com/album/5874233
For more on file referencing, read this blog post

Creating Turntable Animations
by Michael Davies
https://vimeo.com/album/5399154

Maya Grease Pencil Tool
Using the Grease Pencil Tool in Maya - by Amedeo Beretta
https://vimeo.com/showcase/5874233/video/332675669
Also read this blog post on the Grease Pencil tool.

ParentMaster plugin
How to install the ParentMaster Plugin (Maya 2019)
Installation of the PaentMaster Plugin by Alex Williams
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q5R1X2qXv1g
To see how the ParentMaster works in detail, see this blog post.

How to Import Live Action into Maya 
Importing live action onto an image plane into Maya for use as reference, by Alex Williams
https://youtu.be/xaO6PQ6C940
Also see this blog post on the use of live action reference in animation


Animation: Body Mechanics & Flexibility

Animating a character with a flexible tail
Animating a foxy character with a flexible tail by Alex Williams
https://vimeo.com/showcase/5874233
To see how to use the "Ultimate Tailed" rig, read this blog post

Motion Capture Animation

Motion Capture
Using and Adapting Motion Capture
Animating with Motion Capture data by Steven Lall
https://vimeo.com/album/5605446
For more on the Motion Capture tutorial by Steven Lall, read this blog post.

MoCap Retargeting
MoCap retargeting with Amedeo Beretta

https://vimeo.com/356232162
For more on MoCap retargeting, read this blog post.


Animal & Creature Animation

How to Block out and plan creature animation
Quadruped locomotion
The theory behind blocking and planning creature animation by Alex Williams
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EeEn3smIcC8
Also see this blog post on planning and blocking creature animation

Quadruped Locomotion - Walks, Trots & Runs
Quadruped Walks, Trots & Runs 
by Maria Robertson
https://vimeo.com/album/5698554
Crab animation from "Planet Mars"
Also read this blog post for more on quadruped locomotion.

Quadruped Transitions - Walks, Trots & Runs
Quadruped Transitions using the Time Editor by Maria Robertson

https://vimeo.com/showcase/6551271
Also read this blog post on animating transitions.

Crab & Spider Locomotion
Six-legged crab animation by Maria Robertson
https://vimeo.com/showcase/6055339
For more on the crab animation, see this blog post

Dino locomotion: IRex by Truong
Creature Performance using live action reference
Six-legged "Xye crab" mating dance animation by Maria Robertson 
https://vimeo.com/showcase/6191592
Also see this blog post.

Dinosaur Locomotion
Dinosaur Walk Cycle by Alexander Williams
https://vimeo.com/album/5793283
For more on dinosaur animation, read this blog post

Butterfly Animation 
How to Animate Butterfies in Motion by Alexander Williams 
https://vimeo.com/album/5793287
Also read this blog post on Butterfly animation
crow in flight

Vehicle Animation Tutorial  
Cartoony Yellow Beetle tutorial by Alexander Williams
https://vimeo.com/album/5793289
For more on animating vehicles, including rig notes, read this blog post.
 
Bird in Flight Animation Tutorial
Crow in flight tutorial by Alexander Williams
https://vimeo.com/showcase/6218232
For more on animating the crow in flight, see this blog post


Character Animation & Performance


Animate a "Take" with Mr Buttons
Planning & Blocking a Dialogue Shot
Planning & Blocking a Dialogue Shot by Alex Williams
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=682&v=eD2PxUtBpKs
Also read this blog post on Planning & Blocking a Dialogue Shot

Building & Blocking a "Take"
Animating a "Take" by Simone Giampaolo
https://vimeo.com/album/5761140
Also read this blog post

Using the Tween Machine to Break down Key Poses
Using the Tween Machine by Alex Williams
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8WvsX1CQfs
Also read this blog post on How to Use to Tween Machine

Animate like Kermit
How to animate "Head Muppeting"
Hitting the accents in lipsync animation, or "head muppeting", by Alex Williams
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKoXTE-WCQc
Also read this blog post on the purpose of Head Muppeting.

Animating Dialogue & Lipsync
by Simone Giampaolo 
https://vimeo.com/album/5803470
For more on animating dialogue and lipsync, read this blog post.

Smear Frame
Smear Frame Tutorial
by Simone Giampaolo
How to animate a "smear" transition in Maya
https://vimeo.com/album/5913129 

How to Animate Eye Darts
Eye Darts by Alex Williams
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EbLXBmkZJs8
Also see this blog post on Eye Darts and how to use them.  

How to add a blink on a head turn 
Always add a blink on a head turn - by Alex Williams
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vyr-dLY61iE
Also see this blog post on why we blink when we turn our heads.

How to Use the Eye Direction Controller in Maya
by Alex Williams
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymAdDwCYY8U
Also see this blog post on Eye Direction in animation 

How to create a Face Camera in Maya
by Alex Williams
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-H8ovX-wWws
Also see this blog post on creating face cameras

Character Rigging
Character Rigging

Character Rigging
Introduction to Character Rigging with Michael Davies
https://vimeo.com/album/5399149

Also see this blog post on character rigging

Advanced Character Rigging 
Advanced Character Rigging with Michael Davies
https://vimeo.com/showcase/6347017
Also see this blog post on advanced character rigging 

Facial Rigging 
Facial rigging with Michael Davies (2 1/2 hours)
https://vimeo.com/showcase/6540297
Also see this blog post on facial and character rigging 

Rigging Assets
Rigging assets for Michael's tutorials can be found here:
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1IIPlrfnjY-UBnSG80SUKla0_jEXnR3qP


Technical Animation, nCloth & FX 

Flag wave tutorial
Technical Animation & Dynamics
Dynamics, Particles, nCloth and Hair with Michael Davies
https://vimeo.com/album/5399143 

How to animate grass waving in Maya
Animate grass waving with Alex Williams
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tC-yXs3TBbA&t=1s 

Basic nCloth - flag waving
Basics of nCloth - how to animate a flag waving with Alex Williams
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDg_9EP9A_k&t=1s 
Also see this blog post on animating a flag waving in Maya


Animation: Camera, Previs & 3D Layout

Camera Follows, Never Leads
Camera always follows the action, never leads it, with Alex Williams
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_L5zlhH9UWg
For more on why camera should follow the action, read this blog post.


Adobe Premiere
Animation - Editing Techniques

Adobe Premiere Pro - Basics
How to export a series of rendered frames from Maya to Adobe Premiere and export a movie file, with Alex Williams
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h9dlp0QKMto&feature=youtu.be
Also see this blogpost on editing with Adobe Premiere.


 3D Modeling Techniques

Modeling in Maya

Introduction to modeling tools with Michael Davies
https://vimeo.com/album/5393928

NURBS

Introduction to NURBS modeling tools with Michael Davies 
https://vimeo.com/album/5394018

Specialist Modeling Techniques

Introduction to specialist modeling tools with Michael Davies 
https://vimeo.com/album/5396962

Mudbox
Introduction to Mudbox with Michael Davies 
https://vimeo.com/album/5396955

ZBrush
Introduction to ZBrush with Michael Davies
https://vimeo.com/album/5399140


UVs & Texturing in Maya

UVs in Maya
https://vimeo.com/album/5396680

Hypershade and Nodes
https://vimeo.com/album/5396697

Using Texture Maps
https://vimeo.com/album/5397020

3D Stereo
Stereoscopy in Maya:
https://vimeo.com/album/5396966



Lighting & Rendering

Materials, Lighting and Rendering:
https://vimeo.com/album/5394014

Shadows and Lighting Effects in Maya:
https://vimeo.com/album/5396718

Arnold Renderer:
https://vimeo.com/album/5396970

Render Layers and Render Passes:
https://vimeo.com/album/5397104

Renderman:
https://vimeo.com/album/5399156

Creating Physically Based Shaders in Arnold:
https://vimeo.com/album/5399162

Substance Painter
Introduction to Substance Painter:
https://vimeo.com/album/5399159


How to render animation "on twos"
Video tutorial on rendering animations to look like they were animated on 2's, by Michael Davies
https://vimeo.com/368544804

How to use Qube, Escape Studios' Render Farm
https://vimeo.com/showcase/6634249  

 


Compositing with Nuke

2D Tracking
https://vimeo.com/showcase/6290509

Creating Toolsets
https://vimeo.com/showcase/6290598

Premultiplication and Unpremultiplication
https://vimeo.com/showcase/6290610

Using the Copy and Shuffle Nodes
https://vimeo.com/showcase/6290670

Rendering with the Write Node
https://vimeo.com/showcase/6290737

Mattes and Alpha Channels
https://vimeo.com/showcase/6290760

Nuke - Rotoscoping
https://vimeo.com/showcase/6309434

Nuke - Grading
https://vimeo.com/showcase/6309437

Nuke - Merge Node
https://vimeo.com/showcase/6309614

Many thanks to UG Animation Program Leader Michael Davies, who has kindly agreed to share his library of tutorials with our students.

The Escape Studios Animation Blog offers a personal view on the art of animation and visual effects. To find out more about our new BA/MArt, now recruiting for September 2019, follow this link.   To apply, visit the official page here.

3 comments:

  1. Is the channel is also for ex-students, or only for current ones ?:))

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    1. If you are a former student, email me at alex.williams1@pearson.com and I will be able to assist

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    2. Thank You Alexander, yes i am! will drop You a line!

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