With this highly-requested series of tutorials, we'll take an in-depth look at the entire production pipeline for creating a transforming robot effect using industry-standard CG software. This process was created by bringing together our top designers, illustrators, modelers, texturers, riggers, animators, lighting and rendering artists and compositors to focus on the specific hurdles and production decisions that goes into each step of creating a transforming robot shot. You'll get a look at the entire production pipeline from the conceptual phase through the composition of the final shot. This series is intended for intermediate to advanced artists and a strong understanding of your preferred choice of software in the various steps of the pipeline is highly encouraged. This series is specifically created to have the techniques be applicable to any industry-standard CG software. If a certain step in the pipeline, software or an equivalent application in the pipeline is new to you, check out our Beginner's Guide and Introduction courses to quickly get up to speed before beginning.
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Q: How is the Transforming Robot Production Pipeline different than other learning paths? A. Unlike other learning paths that focus on teaching you a piece of software or a specific aspect of software, the Transforming Robot Production Pipeline learning path focuses on teaching you how multiple software packages can be used together in a production environment to bring together a complex VFX shot.
Q. What software is used throughout this learning path? A. Photoshop, Maya, 3ds Max, ZBrush, TopoGun, MARI and NUKEX.
Q. Are there any tutorials that I should watch before starting this learning path? A. Creating a transforming robot effect is a massive undertaking that can require many skilled artists to work together to correctly create assets for the rest of the pipeline. This series is targeted towards intermediate to advanced artists. With this in mind and because many of the skills and techniques used in this series are very easy for more advanced and intermediate level artists to pick up, we chose to create most of this series at the Professional Series level, so you need to be very comfortable in the software. While this series was specifically created so the techniques can be applied to any other industry-standard CG software it is highly recommended that you are already familiar with your preferred software before following along with this pipeline. If a software is new to you, check out our Beginner's Guide and Introduction courses to quickly get up to speed on how to use that software.
Q. What if I have questions while going through this learning path? A. We have set up a community specifically as a place for you to ask technical questions. Our community is frequented by the Digital-Tutors instructors, staff members, moderators and other helpful members that can answer your questions as you learn. You can get to the community by clicking on the "Connect" tab at the top of the site or by clicking here.
Q. Will the Transforming Robot Production Pipeline be updated to use different software? A. No. There are not any plans to update this series with different software in the future.
Q. What if I don't use any of the software in this learning path? Can I follow along in my favorite software? A. Yes you can! While the tools and interfaces may vary, the techniques and concepts that you'll learn throughout this learning path can be transferred to nearly any of the major 3D and compositing applications. We would recommend that if you attempt to port the techniques to your preferred software that you are first familiar with that software. If you find it difficult to transfer these techniques to your preferred software, we have a variety of other learning paths for other software. Check out the Learning Paths page to see the learning paths for your favorite software.
Q. What made the decision for what software should be used for this learning path? A. Any industry-standard software can be used to create a transforming robot. We used the software that we are most familiar with and believe that you should do the same.