I’ve heard of Cryptomattes a lot lately. My friend, Paul Rivera, first mentioned it to me for Clarisse and loving the ease of use. Then literally the next day in a tutorial I heard about them. And then a co-worker mentioned them about if we’d looked into them at my work.
So I decided to dig into it a little. Cryptomatte is a tool created by Psyop studio as a way to automatically generate ID mattes using information available at render time. It works with motion blur, transparency, and depth of field. It was presented at Siggraph 2015. This tool has already been picked up by multiple studios and various packages. The nice thing is Psyop has kept this an open source tool. Here is a good intro to them: PSYOP releases Cryptomatte
So far, Clarisse, V-ray, Katana, Maya, Houdini, Blender, Renderman, Redshift, Arnold, Nuke, Fusion, and After Effects can use it.
You can download it on GitHub
It’s super easy to install in Nuke. Takes only a few seconds to setup.
Here’s a Redshift tutorial that was useful: Tutorial #15
A cool update to Cryptomatte looks like their’s a new release of OpenEXR plugin for Photoshop: EXR-IO 2
I’ll be digging into it more over the coming months.
Comic-con turns 50. It was an amazing weekend filled with great talks, amazing artists, and tons of people dressed up as their favorite characters. Here’s some highlights of this years Con for us and some swag we got along the way.
I was recently introduced to Carol Dweck and her research on mindset. Dweck, a professor of psychology at Stanford proposes that everyone has either a fixed mindset or a growth mindset. A fixed mindset is one in which you view your talents and abilities as like it sounds, fixed. In other words, your intelligence and talents are fixed. A growth mindset, on the other hand, is one in which you see your talents and abilities are fluid. You can build your abilities up by doing the work and putting in the time.
Here are a couple videos that explain it in more detail:
I am currently reading her book, “Mindset: A new Psychology of Success“. It’s pretty interesting so far.
Some other interesting reads:
“The Talent Code” by Daniel Coyle
“Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise” by Anders Ericsson and Robert Pool
A former student of mine, Emma Wittwer, shared with me a great link of awesome Photoshop tutorials by PiXimperfect on YouTube. He has over a 1 million subscribers so he is definitely doing something right. Continue reading “Photoshop tutorials”
Just a little plug for Disney Animation. 🙂
I am currently working on Wreck it Ralph 2. It’s my first show here at Disney and it’s
been a blast working on it. Continue reading “Wreck it Ralph 2”
We all know our jobs are getting more and more complex. There is an ever increasing amount of skills, training, and development needed in VFX and Animation. But when is enough, enough? Continue reading “When is too much, too much?”
If you haven’t heard of the Photo Ark, you were in the same camp as me a month ago. My wife showed me an episode of it on PBS. It’s National Geographic photographer, Joel Sartore’s quest to document various species of animals before they go extinct. He’s taken 7,297 different species of animals photos so far.
Continue reading “The Photo Ark”
My wife and I just finished attending Comic Con in San Diego this weekend. It still doesn’t disappoint. Just an amazing gathering of artists, companies, and fans. I also enjoy catching up with fellow friends there.
Every year there is something new to see and enjoy. Continue reading “Convention Summer”
When we’d release a new movie, the PR dept would ask the cast for their local newspapers in order to see if anyone wanted to do a write-up for anyone on the team. This got me to thinking of my hometown and one of my local heroes, Paul Pelletier.
Continue reading “Hometown heroes”
Some books just rise above the others, some seemingly choose you, and some just keep coming back to you through all your years.
I was introduced to “Composition of Outdoor Painting” almost two decades ago. It still is one of my go to books of choice. The book was first printed in 1941 (now in it’s 7th printing).
Edgar Payne (1883-1947) was a gifted plein-air painter whose powerful work and impressionistic style inspired many an artist. His bold use of color and rugged landscapes captivated audiences. He was one of the first artists to illuminate the Sierras and the Southwest.
I was lucky to see a traveling show of a large body of his work: Edgar Payne: The Scenic Journey in Pasadena several years ago. The link above is a retrospective book of his work and was printed to coincide with the show. The printing is top notch, but I have to admit seeing the originals are simply sublime.
Here is a nice retrospective video on Edgar Payne
Payne wrote his book at the latter part of his life and gives us a wonderful insight in his thought process and painting language. It is filled with pages and pages of thumbnails for compositions and his suggestions for what makes a “good” composition.
I simply love his line work and simplicity of his design of composition (which is not simple at all). His dated prose style may not be for all readers, but there is a certain tone to it that I rather enjoy. The book is filled with designs and compositional instruction that any artist will devour. Whenever I am at a loss at a composition, I am always drawn back to this excellent book for some help.
“Originality is but old thoughts made over.”