The first module of my „Blender 2.9 for Production“ series is done. In this first module we’ve talked about the build-in node-based Compositor of Blender 2.9 and how to work with it in an effective integrated workflow. You have learned how you set up Render-Layers and -Passes and how to work also with external OpenEXRs from other 3D-Applications and Renderers. My conclusion is, that this Compositor is a really powerful addition to every workflow and I am hoping for more improvements in the future. 01 Introduction to the Blender Compositor Workflow 02 Basic Compositing Tasks in Blender 2.9 Compositor 03Read More

Learn the Compositing Workflow inside of Blender! Today, I have started a new tutorial series for Blender 2.9 “Blender 2.9 for Production”. This tutorial series „Blender 2.9 for Production“ focuses on Blender 2.9 as a full Production Suite for (Indie) 3D- & VFX Productions. In this tutorials, I will explain how to work with the different Modules of Blender 2.9 and how they are connected to each other. I will give you an introduction of the specific functionalities, but also the production context and workflows, which can help you to use Blender in your productions. The first tutorial is onlineRead More

Start your Blender 2.9 Journey now! Blender 2.9 – A full production suite for 3D, VFX and Animation. Next to my beloved Houdini FX, Blender is for me the solutions for Modeling, Animation and PreViz. As you may have seen, I have published the last days 4 free tutorials about the new features of Blender 2.9.You find them on my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/pixeltrain3DVFXTrainings If you now have the feeling, that you want to start seriously to learn this great free production suite, here are some event tips, where I will be teaching Blender for you. >> VIEW CONFERENCE 2020, OctRead More

Hello Houdini Beginners, The first module of my free “Houdini FX Practice Hour” project “CoffeeCup” is finished! Over the course of 13 lessons, you will learn the basics of the Houdini Polygon Modeling tools and how to get into a procedural approach with selections, groups and a little bit of HScript. You will learn how to work with UVs and build a workflow between Houdini and Substance Painter. We will render our scenes in Mantra. In two bonus lessons, we dive deeper into the Classic Material Workflow between Houdini and Substance Painter 2020 and the new UDIM based workflow. IRead More

Dear Houdini FX Enthusiasts, What keeps you up in long nights sitting in front of your screen? Right, Coffee 🙂 Today, I have finished the first 4 hours module of my new free “Houdini FX Practice Hour” project “Coffee Cup”. My focus this time was showing you the first steps in approaching procedural Polygon Modeling in Houdini FX. We talk about groups, channel referencing and we write some snippets of HScript. We also talk about different UV Tools inside of Houdini and look into the exchange workflow of the Model with external Painting Applications like Substance Painter, 3D-Coat and Mari.Read More

This time I talked too much and so our “Houdini FX Practice Hour” tutorials are a little bit late. But, I think you will like them. 3 new lessons … This time we finish the lid of our coffee cup – again with procedural Polygon Modeling – and you will learn a little bit more Houdini HScript expressions as helpers. Also you will see how to make your own Houdini shelf, add a node presets … Ok, enough, here is the link to my YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/pixeltrain3DVFXTrainings See you next week and if you like the content, please LIKE and SUBSCRIBERead More

*** It’s finally done! Helge and his team worked for more than a year on this epic publication and are happy and proud to be finally able to tell you all about it. So here are the details about the contents of this video-tutorial: This publication “pixeltrain – Houdini FX Fundamentals >> Fast Forward“ by experienced trainer Helge Maus is a complete Introduction to Houdini FX. In 117 lessons with a duration of 18,5 hours, your instructor Helge Maus provides you with a step by step approach to understanding Houdini FX and its workflow as a fully featured 3d application.Read More

*** 21. – 25. Oktober 2019, Turin Helge’s MASTERCLASSES auf der VIEW Conference 2019: >> Sonntag, 20. Oktober 2019, 15.00 – 18.30, Sala Mezzanino:   Blender 2.8 – The Free Production Studio for Indies In dieser Masterclass gibt Euch Industry Master-Trainer Helge Maus einen schnellen Überblick über Blender 2.8, die OpenSource Production Suite für 3D, VFX & Animation. Blender 2.8 ist kostenlos zu verwenden, aber für ernsthafte Produktionen unglaublich leistungsfähig und vollwertig. Das Feature-Set ist sehr umfangreich und hilft Künstlern, ihre Visionen zum Leben zu erwecken, ohne mit Abonnements, Gebühren und Einschränkungen zu kämpfen. Folgende Funktionen und Bereich werden wir uns in dieserRead More

>> MOUVO – Education in Motion 22. – 23. Februar 2019, Prag   “Mouvo – Festival presenting Motion Design in all of its forms. Ubiquitous and creative dynamic field, combining graphic design, animation, video, special effects and new technologies. Mouvo festival is a meeting place for all the thinkers, talents and producers around the world, who would like to cooperate and meet others from the community, those who are eager to learn, inspire and to be inspired.” www.mouvo.cz   Helge wurde als Vortragender auf das Mouvo Festival in Prag eingeladen. Damit wird dieses Motion Design Festival das 3D & VFX Eventjahr 2019 für pixeltrain einläuten. Nach der MouvoRead More

  In Helges neuesten, kostenfreien Video-Tutorials geht es um das kostenfreie PluginProEXR 2.0 (https://www.fnordware.com/ProEXR/) für Adobe After Effects CC. Dieses Plugin erlaubt es, Adobe After Effects Arists endlich komfortabel mit multi-channel EXRs zu arbeiten und auch noch Cryptomattes direkt in AEX nutzen zu können. Damit rückt After Effects ein Stück näher an die VFX-Pipelines der großen Studios heran.     Im ersten Tutorial stellt Euch Helge das kostenfreie Plugin ProEXR 2.0 (https://www.fnordware.com/ProEXR/) vor, mit dem Ihr ganz einfach Kanäle aus den EXRs extrahieren könnt. Außerdem könnt ihr automatisch ein gesamtes Composite von allen Ebenen einer EXR-Datei ausgeben lassen. Zudem auchRead More