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Originally posted by Jack Pfeiffer:

 

 

Hi...

 

First and Foremost, PLEASE remeber that there are over 13 FREE Tutorials that are already available from Discreet.... They are on the DEMO CD-ROM, or you can find them at:

 

http://www.discreet.com/products/combustio..._tutorials.html

 

These Lessons cover almost all the "basics" and have PDF files with instructions for each lesson, as well as ZIP files with the media, workspace files, and sample AVI/MOV files. Here is the summary of free lessons:

 

-Intro: Welcome to combustion (PDF - 301 KB) which includes Detailed descriptions of the lessons, terms, the conventions used in the tutorials, as well as instructions for setting the preferences needed for the tutorials

- Lesson 1: Touring combustion

- Lesson 2: Creating Composites in 2D Space

- Lesson 3: Compositing in 3D Space

- Lesson 4: Using Paint

- Lesson 5: Tracking and Stabilizing

- Lesson 6: Keying

- Lesson 7: Using Garbage Masks

- Lesson 8: Color Correcting

- Lesson 9: Animating Particle Effects PDF

- Lesson 10: Working with Paint Selections

- Lesson 11: Animating Layers in 3D Space

- Lesson 12: Working with Motion Graphics

- Lesson 13: Using Scenes from 3ds max

- Bonus:Combustion for AE users (four more lessons and tips)

 

 

NEW: Discreet has added over 30 Free Workspaces with basic effects for free download.. You can open these up and "reverse engineer" to learn them, modify them and use them..

Get them at:

 

http://www.discreet.com/products/combustio...index_text.html

 

 

NEXT, below is a Rundown of some of the FREE TRAINING websites -- most offer chatrooms, tutorials and tips.

 

http://www.CreativeCOW.net (Chat room, Tutorials, articles, etc.)

 

http://www.FXGuide.com >> Extensive Tips & Tricks postings, articles & chatrooms

 

http://www.CGTalk.com > Home of the 3D Festival - with a buncha Chatrooms

 

http://www.VFXTalk.com > News Articles and chatrooms

 

http://www.3d-palace.com chatroom, and free tutorials (DIVX videos)

 

http://www.highend2d.com/ chatrooms

 

http://www.3d-buzz.com >> VTM (Video Training Magazine) & chatrooms

 

 

Combustion User websites - with Discreet Combustion Tutorials and help, and are really worth mentioning ... (These are Listed in No particular order... ) Thanks to all these people!

 

http://www.northgatestudios.com/combustion/ (PowerUser/Trainer Lee "Rod" Roderick provides a buncha Tutorials - CWS's but no PDFs...)

 

http://www.bmunkres.com/tutorials/combusti...onTutorials.htm

(PowerUser/Trainer Ben Munkres provides a geat tutorial working in 3D space, with 10 pg PDF.)

 

http://www.ddb.co.za/fede/combustion_tutor...orial/index.htm (particles tutorial)

 

http://www.discreet-training.com/inset_free.html (PowerUser/Trainer Gary Davis's kool help guides)

 

 

If you are an After Effects User and considering Combustion, be sure to read the following articles from Digital Producer Magazine. Entitled "Combustion 2 for After Effects Users," it is a series of three articles designed to help explain things....Nicely written by Kevin Schmitt.....

 

- Part 1: Working with Illustrator files

http://www.digitalproducer.com/2003/01_jan...mbustion_ae.htm

- Part 2: Working with Photoshop files

http://www.digitalpostproduction.com/2003/...bustion_ae2.htm

- Part 3: A birds-eye view of the C2 interface

http://www.digitalproducer.com/2003/05_may..._26/com_ae3.htm

 

Lastly, there is an article in Animation World Magazine entitled "Combustion 2 in Action" written by Scott Jenkins. He reviews Combustion 2 and checks in with a production "in progress" to see how Combustion stacks up against key competitor After Effects.... Although it is a year old, it is still a good read....

http://mag.awn.com/index.php3?ltype=search...article_no=1437

 

 

If you are ready to spend money to learn, Discreet does sell their Courseware, which is what they use when you buy one of their Discreet classes:

 

Discreet Combustion v2 Courseware-with CD-ROM, used at the Discreet Training Centers in the official Discreet classes worldwide. There are priced at approximately US $ 75.00 and can be ordered through your local Discreet Dealer.

WHAT YOU GET: Discreet combustion v2 Courseware Index- 37 Lessons with CD-ROM: Table of Contents: Part 1 - Using Paint = 1- learning Paint Basics ; 2 - Animation Text ; 3 - Exploring Draw Modes in Text ; 4 - Revealing a Background Image ; 5 - Wire Removal ; 6 - Creating Text Gradients ; 7 - Animating Gradients ; 8 - Combining Selections ; 9 - Animating Selections ; Part 2 - Fundamentals : 10 - Touring Combustion ; 11 - Creating Simple Composites ; 12 - Using Operators in a Composite ; Part 3 - Transforming Layers : 13 -Animating Layers Using Pivot Points ; 14 Keyframing ; Part 4 - Linking and Controlling Layers ; 15 -Cropping and Corner-Pinning ; 16 - Linking Layers Through Parenting ; 17 - Aligning Objects to a Motion Path ; 18 -Linking Layers with Hinging ; Part 5 - Changing Layer Surface Properties ; 19 - Setting Surface Properties ; 20 - Exploring Transfer Modes ; 21 - Displacing a Layer ; Part 6 - Using Channels, Mattes and Masks ; 22 - Using Alpha Channels ; 23 - Creating Channel Effects ; 24 - Using Masks ; Part 7 - Using Null Objects, Lights, and the Camera ; 25 - Animating with a Null Object ; 26 - Moving the Camera ; 27 - Creating Shadows with Lights ; Part 8 - Tracking and Stabilizing : 28 - One-Point Tracking ; 29 - Four-Point Tracking ; 30 - Two-Point Stabilizing ; Part 9 - Keying and Color Correcting : 31 - Using the Discreet Color Corrector ; 32 - Using the Discreet Keyer ; Part 10 Nesting Composites : 33 - Basic Nesting ; 34 - Creating a Motion Blur ; 35 - Importing Workspaces ; Part 11 - Additional Lessons: 36 - Working with Rich Pixel Renderings ; 37 - Creating Particles Effects

 

Other "After Market" books and training materials....

 

1) I have written a Combustion training book, which is the first third party training book on the market. Entitled "Combustion v2: The On-line WebWarriors Guide" You can read about it here: http://www.mci.dk/combustion or check the review at www.CreativeCow.net (book reviews.) Note that my WebWarrior Book is billed as a Tips & Tricks Guide to provide help to speed up any user and make them more efficient, not just as a beginner tool. Each book also includes a one-year subscription to updates and more Tips. In May 2003, I released (for free download to those who bought the book) another tutorial teaching Motion Graphics. So, my book is a book that "keeps on giving."

 

2) Released in Late JULY 2003 is the Hot New "Advanced Combustion training DVDs " -- I have reviewed these and they are REALLY GOOD - well worthy the investment! There are four DVDs with 6 1/2 hours of material --It is taught by three Combustion Power Users/Trainers, Lee "Rod" Roderick, Gary M. Davis, and Ken LaRue, who have teamed up to teach, advise and guide you through 15 advanced lessons of real world projects. This is the first volumne in a planned series.. Check them out -- you'll be glad you did.. http://www.thestreetproductions.com

 

3) There is a very good (and long) DVD / VHS Video set with 14 hours of training and tutorials . It is the most expensive training out, but you do get 14 hours (!) This is also taught by Ken LaRue (see above) and is available from Technical Animations (http://www.techanim.com)

 

4) Coming up in the later this year a new book available on www.amazon.com called “combustion ground rules” by Todd Petersen. The Table of contents for his book is scheduled to be: Chapter 1 Introduction to Post Effects - Chapter 2 Introduction to the Combustion Interface - Chapter 3 Quick Start Tutorial - Chapter 4 Paint 101 - Chapter 5 More on Paint - Chapter 6 Compositing 101 - Chapter 7 More on Compositing - Chapter 8 Working with Audio - Chapter 9 Integration with MAX - Chapter 10 Integration with Edit - Chapter 11 Advanced Compositing - Chapter 12 Advanced Compositing 2. Gpo to amazon.com to read more.

 

5) There is an older 90-minute Combustion v1 VHS Training Tape with advanced subject material available at http://www.videoblurb.com. It has received excellent reviews and covers color correction, keying and more.

 

Anyway, there's FREE TRAINING and stuff you can BUY...

 

Whatever you do . . . . Keep Combustin' !

 

Jack

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Author of the "WebWarriors Guide to Combustion." (see: www.mci.dk/combustion) - Combustion Forum leader at the following: www.creativecow.net - www.fxguide.com - wwwvfxtalk.com

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Guest igorschmigor

Again, originally posted by Jack Pfeiffer:

 

 

 

Hi...

 

There are some NEW Free Combustion Tutorials are posted

over at the Creative Cow...

 

http://www.creativecow.net/articles/combustion.html

 

Have a Combustion Problem or a Question? :

Check out their Combustion Forum at:

Do a Quick & Easy Search on their Forum - they

have 1000's of posts dating back to 2001 !

 

http://www.creativecow.net/index.php?forumid=14

 

 

Jack

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Author of the "WebWarriors Guide to Combustion." (see: www.mci.dk/combustion) - Combustion Forum leader at the following: www.creativecow.net - www.fxguide.com - wwwvfxtalk.com

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Originally posted by Jack Pfeiffer:

 

Hi..

 

Over the years (well, since Combustion Version 1 anyway) I have compiled a rather "complete" list of free tutorials, websites, chat rooms and user websites...

Now, with the start of 2004, it is time for an Update...

 

Start point: Discreet has a rather new COMBUSTION RESOURCES page, which also mentions many of the links below:

http://www.discreet.com/combustion/resources.html

 

Free Combustion version 2 Tutorials: As you may already know, there are over 13 FREE Cv2 Tutorials that are available directly from Discreet, and these will work with Cv3 as well. Discreet has mentioned that they are working on more Cv3 specific free tutorials, and they will be out later. The Cv2 tuts are downloadable here:

http://www.discreet.com/products/combustio..._tutorials.html

These Lessons cover almost all the "essential basics" and have PDF files with instructions for each lesson, as well as ZIP files with the media, workspace files, and sample AVI/MOV files. Here is the summary of free lessons:

-Intro: Welcome to combustion (PDF - 301 KB) which includes Detailed descriptions of the lessons, terms, the conventions used in the tutorials, as well as instructions for setting the preferences needed for the tutorials

-Lesson 1: Touring combustion

-Lesson 2: Creating Composites in 2D Space

-Lesson 3: Compositing in 3D Space

-Lesson 4: Using Paint

-Lesson 5: Tracking and Stabilizing

-Lesson 6: Keying

-Lesson 7: Using Garbage Masks

-Lesson 8: Color Correcting

-Lesson 9: Animating Particle Effects PDF

-Lesson 10: Working with Paint Selections

-Lesson 11: Animating Layers in 3D Space

-Lesson 12: Working with Motion Graphics

-Lesson 13: Using Scenes from 3ds max

-Bonus:Combustion for AE users (four more lessons and tips)

 

Next: Discreet has posted over 30 free finished Combustion Workspaces to demonstrate basic effects and composites for download. You can open these up, inspect them, change and modify them and save them as your own. Or, by simple "reverse engineering" you can to learn how they were made. Get them at: http://www.discreet.com/combustion/workspace/

 

Here is a Rundown of some of the FREE TRAINING websites -- most offer chatrooms, tutorials and tips.

 

The CreativeCOW Combustion Forum at: http://www.creativecow.net/index.php?forumid=14

Don't forget to review the variety of Creative COW FREE COMBUSTION Tutorials: http://www.creativecow.net/articles/combustion.html

 

The "combustion exchange FTP site" also known as the Alex Site, where Combustion users can upload/download and exchange images, workspaces, and setups with other users. Much explanation and comments of the material here is posted at the CreativeCOW Combustion Forum. The Alex site Address: ftp://combustionexchange.no-ip.com Note: Login: " combustion_user " and password: " learn "

 

For Spanish speaking Combustion users, there is a Spanish version that mirrors the Alex ftp site, and including explanations in Español here: http://www.swimmexico.net/esmouk/

 

 

Discreet has their own "official Combustion User Forum" which requires registration for participation. Quite frequently, Discreet Technical Support Staff drop in and offer comments, solutions and advice. Visit: http://support.discreet.com/webboard/wbpx....dll/~combustion

 

http://www.3dbuzz.com >> offers a free downloadable Combustion v2 VTM (Video Training Magazine)

 

http://www.3d-palace.com also offers some free Cv2 DIVX video tutorials for download.

 

There is a Combustion Tips & Tricks List at: http://www.fxguide.com/modules.php?name=fx...ip_list&catid=8

 

For Combustion Version 3 users, the VFXTalk website has added a special Section of free downloadable Combustion v3 Expressions... As of todays date, there are two posts with three Expressions/Tuts - Click on scripts and be sure to "show all posts from the beginning."

http://www.vfxtalk.com/forum/forumdisplay....y.php?forumid=2

 

 

User websites - with Discreet Combustion Tutorials and help, and are really worth mentioning ... Thanks to all these people! These are Listed in No particular order...

 

http://www.northgatestudios.com/combustion/ PowerUser/Trainer Lee "Rod" Roderick provides a buncha Tutorials - CWS's but no PDFs...

 

http://www.bmunkres.com/tutorials/combusti...onTutorials.htm PowerUser/Trainer Ben Munkres provides a geat tutorial working in 3D space, with 10 pg PDF.

 

http://www.ddb.co.za/fede/combustion_tutor...orial/index.htm Frederico offers a free particles tutorial.

 

http://www.discreet-training.com/inset_free.html PowerUser/Trainer Gary Davis's kool help guides

 

 

More Interesting Websites:

 

Tutorial: Digital Producer: Free On-Line Tutorial on How to Pull a Combustion GreenScreen Key:

http://www.digitalproducer.com/2002/03_mar...creet_keyer.htm

 

More from Digital Producer: If you are an After Effects User, be sure to read the following series of articles on Cv2 popsted last year at Digital Producer Magazine. Entitled "Combustion 2 for After Effects Users," the three articles are designed to help explain things....Nicely written by Kevin Schmitt.....

- Part 1: Working with Illustrator files

http://www.digitalproducer.com/2003/01_jan...bustion_ae.htm-

Part 2: Working with Photoshop files

http://www.digitalpostproduction.com/2003/...ustion_ae2.htm-

Part 3: A birds-eye view of the C2 interface

http://www.digitalproducer.com/2003/05_may..._26/com_ae3.htm

 

Yet another article, from Animation World Magazine, entitled "Combustion 2 in Action" written by Scott Jenkins. He reviews Combustion 2 and checks in with a production "in progress" to see how Combustion stacks up against key competitor After Effects.... Although it is over a year old, it is still a good read....

http://mag.awn.com/index.php?ltype=search&...article_no=1437

 

 

You can also choose to BUY training material:

 

If you are ready to spend money to learn, Discreet does sell their Cv2 Courseware, which is still applicable to Cv3. this is the same courseware that is used at an official Discreet classe. The Discreet Combustion v2 Courseware includes a CD-ROM. Priced at approximately US $ 75.00, this can be ordered through your local Discreet Dealer. Again, these lessons will work with Cv3. WHAT YOU GET: Discreet combustion v2 Courseware Index- 37 Lessons with CD-ROM: Table of Contents: Part 1 - Using Paint = 1- learning Paint Basics ; 2 - Animation Text ; 3 - Exploring Draw Modes in Text ; 4 - Revealing a Background Image ; 5 - Wire Removal ; 6 - Creating Text Gradients ; 7 - Animating Gradients ; 8 - Combining Selections ; 9 - Animating Selections ; Part 2 - Fundamentals : 10 - Touring Combustion ; 11 - Creating Simple Composites ; 12 - Using Operators in a Composite ; Part 3 - Transforming Layers : 13 -Animating Layers Using Pivot Points ; 14 Keyframing ; Part 4 - Linking and Controlling Layers ; 15 -Cropping and Corner-Pinning ; 16 - Linking Layers Through Parenting ; 17 - Aligning Objects to a Motion Path ; 18 -Linking Layers with Hinging ; Part 5 - Changing Layer Surface Properties ; 19 - Setting Surface Properties ; 20 - Exploring Transfer Modes ; 21 - Displacing a Layer ; Part 6 - Using Channels, Mattes and Masks ; 22 - Using Alpha Channels ; 23 - Creating Channel Effects ; 24 - Using Masks ; Part 7 - Using Null Objects, Lights, and the Camera ; 25 - Animating with a Null Object ; 26 - Moving the Camera ; 27 - Creating Shadows with Lights ; Part 8 - Tracking and Stabilizing : 28 - One-Point Tracking ; 29 - Four-Point Tracking ; 30 - Two-Point Stabilizing ; Part 9 - Keying and Color Correcting : 31 - Using the Discreet Color Corrector ; 32 - Using the Discreet Keyer ; Part 10 Nesting Composites : 33 - Basic Nesting ; 34 - Creating a Motion Blur ; 35 - Importing Workspaces ; Part 11 - Additional Lessons: 36 - Working with Rich Pixel Renderings ; 37 - Creating Particles Effects Other "After Market" books and training materials....

 

1) The "Advanced Combustion v2" DVDs From "the Street Productions." These are great! My review of the first DVD is posted at the CreativeCOW: http://www.creativecow.net/articles/pfeiff...tdvd/index.html ) This is an excellent investment. Three power users/trainers, Lee "Rod" Roderick, Gary M. Davis, and Ken LaRue have teamed up to create 6.5 hours on four DVDS with 15 lesssons -- this is all real world projects for the advanced user, and well worth the påtice. This is the FIRST in a series, and the second one is already on it's way. Ken has also announced an entirly NEW Combustion V3 "Basics" DVD set as well. Get all the information from: http://www.thestreetproductions.com

 

2) There is an older Combustion Version 2 DVD Video set also available: although designed for just for Cv2 & also rather expensive, it does contain about 14 hours of Cv2 training and tutorials. That set is also taught by Ken LaRue (same guy as above) and is directly available from the supplier Technical Animations ( http://www.techanim.com )

 

3) The first Cv3 book is out Feb 20, 2004: It is written by Gary Davis, a discreet training specialist and called "The Focal Easy Guide to Discreet Combustion 3". I am very familiar with Gary and he has already shared some preliminary info about his book. From what I have seen, I fully expect Gary's book to be an excellent choice for Cv3 training. I can recommend it without hesitation, and it is also priced very VERY affordably -- This book is listed at Amazon.com and is available by special order from Amazon.UK

 

4) A second Combustion V3 book has also been announced: it is called "Combustion Ground Rules" and written by Todd Petersen, with a release date of May 1, 2004. Todd has written other books such as "3ds max Ground Rules." Since I don't know Todd at all, I can't say much about expectations of this book. This book is listed at Amazon.com as well as Amazon.UK

 

In December 2002, I wrote and released the first Combustion book on the market called "WebWarriors On-Line Guide to Combustion v2." This book is now almost sold out - Remaining copies may be at our Swedish Supplier: http://www.readit.se - info@readit.se

 

Whatever you do . . . . Keep Combustin' !

 

Regards

Jack

denmark

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Author of the "WebWarriors Guide to Combustion." (see: www.mci.dk/combustion) - Combustion Forum leader at the following: www.creativecow.net - www.fxguide.com - wwwvfxtalk.com

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Again, Jack Pfeiffer posted in the wrong thread, so i had to move it here:

 

 

Hi All...

 

Over at the Creative COW Combustion Tutorials Site, there is a new example of Combustion real-life use... Last month, as an example for the Danish Parliament (called the "Folketinget") I created a 30 second motion graphics video opening. The clip combines shots of the meeting room, logos and images, all with music from Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy.” The entire project was created using Combustion v3.0.2 on an XP PC with dual 2,8 Ghz and 1GB RAM. Available for download are two video clips: a Quicktime version (file size 912kb,) and an AVI version (file size 810kb,) as well as some screen shots of Combustion and the CWS itself. By the way, THANKS go out to Lee Rod Roderick for his Flag-Waving Help! (see Lee's HOT new "Combustion Training DVDs" at his website: www.runawaytraining.com )

Check out the COW stuff here: http://www.creativecow.net/show.php?forumi...ment/index.html or see the WHOLE List of Free Combustion Tuts here: http://www.creativecow.net/show.php?forumi...combustion.html

 

 

Also, there's Two more Free Combustion Tutorials from Luke Harris, a Combustion & 3ds max user in Ireland and member of the Young Irish Film Makers...

 

1) Combustion - 3ds max Tutorial: "Creating Realistic Fire without plugins" -- a free tutorial on his colleges website: It shows you use combustion to alter the look of max's particles. The tut starts with standard 3ds max particles, and then focusses mainly on combustion. It covers advanced colour correction and other operators. See the Tutorial here: http://student.dcu.ie/~harrisl3/yifm/firetut.html

See the finished flamses as a GIF here: http://student.dcu.ie/~harrisl3/yifm/IMAGE...ES/ANIMCOMP.GIF

 

2) This tutorial goes through how Luke used Combustion to ceate a mist effect for an opening shot for the Young Irish Film Makers film: " The Children. " http://www.yifm.com/yifm/filmmakingtips_1.html

 

Thanks to Luke for making these available...

 

Enjoy!

 

Jack

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Discreet has put up some Quicktime and WMV files of combustion usage for C4.

 

http://www4.discreet.com/combustion/combustion.php?id=1101

 

Videos include...

 

Diamond Keyer

 

 

 

Setting Up and Tweaking a Key

Windows Media [3.8MB] QuickTime [14.7MB]

 

 

 

Refining Your Key

Windows Media [3.4MB] QuickTime [14.9MB]

 

 

 

 

Paint Enhancements

 

 

 

Using B-splines

Windows Media [3.0MB] QuickTime [11.1MB]

 

 

 

Using Grouped Points

Windows Media [3.7MB] QuickTime [16.6MB]

 

 

 

 

Timewarp

 

 

Animating the Timing of a Curve

Windows Media [9.0MB] QuickTime [14.9MB]

 

 

 

Learning Various Blend Modes

Windows Media [4.4MB] QuickTime [22.0MB]

 

 

 

 

RPF Building

 

 

Exploring the G-Buffer Builder

Windows Media [6.5MB] QuickTime [24.2MB]

 

 

 

Working with the G-Buffer Builder

Windows Media [4.3MB] QuickTime [15.0MB]

 

 

 

 

Building Capsules

 

 

 

Building and Saving Capsules

Windows Media [5.5MB] QuickTime [22.7MB]

 

 

 

Exporting Controllers

Windows Media [9.0MB] QuickTime [43.6MB]

 

 

 

 

Workflow Enhancements

 

 

 

Setting Up Your Workspace Environment

Windows Media [2.4MB] QuickTime [9.2MB]

 

 

 

Using Various Compare Setups

Windows Media [3.3MB] QuickTime [13.9MB]

 

 

 

Filtering Channels

Windows Media [4.8MB] QuickTime [20.0MB]

 

 

 

Working with the Grid, Guides and Ruler

Windows Media [6.0MB] QuickTime

 

 

Enjoy!

 

BKM

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