Q. Why do some of the tutorials in this learning path have to do with Toxik?
A. Autodesk Toxik and Autodesk Composite are the same program. Toxik used to be a program that had to be purchased separately from other Autodesk products, but as of 2009 it was packaged with licenses of 3ds Max and Maya and shortly thereafter it was renamed from Toxik to Composite. Even though the name has changed from Toxik to Composite, the user interface is nearly identical so the tutorials throughout this learning path that use Toxik are still relevant to Composite.
Q: What can I expect to get out of this learning path?
A. This learning path will teach you how to use Composite as a compositing tool for both 3D and real video footage. If you've never touched Composite before and you're looking for a place to start learning how to composite, this is the learning path that you'll want to start with first. After finishing this learning path, you will have a solid understanding of how to move around inside of Composite as well as knowledge of the major aspects that make up successful composites.
Q. Are there any tutorials that I should watch before starting this learning path?
A. Before starting this learning path, we would recommend that you watch our Visual Guide series to first learn some of the essential terms and definitions that you'll encounter in this learning path.
Q: Do I have to follow along with the tutorial? Can I work on my own project?
A. The ultimate goal is to be able to transfer the techniques and tools you've learned in this learning path to your own projects. While everyone learns at a difference pace, we recommend a three-step process before trying to apply the techniques to your own projects. The first step is to watch each tutorial and take notes along the way. Secondly, watch the tutorial and follow along trying to replicate each step in the tutorial. Lastly replicate the project from the tutorial on your own trying not to watch the tutorials as much as possible. This helps to ensure that you not only are able to replicate what was taught in the tutorial but that you understand the techniques and tools that were used so you can then transfer them to your own projects.
Q: What if the version of Composite in the tutorial is different than what I have? Can I still follow along?
A. Yes! While there are certainly new tools and features that get added with each new version of Composite, a majority of the core techniques taught are the same and can be transferred easily from version to version. Just keep in mind that due to file version differences it may not be possible to open project files that were created in a newer version of Composite if you're using an older version. And of course you can always post questions on our forums if you ever come across something that looks different in your version of Composite than in the tutorial.
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 Composite. You can get to the community by clicking on the "Connect" tab at the top of the site or by clicking here.
Q: What is a learning path? How do I use them?
A. Learning paths are a series of courses organized into levels for easier organization. We recommend that you start with the first course in level one and work your way through all of the courses and levels sequentially.
Q. What if I don't use Composite? Can I follow along in my favorite software?
A. While we recommend using Composite to follow along with this learning path, nearly all of the core fundamentals can be ported to another piece of software if you are 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.