Smoke 101: An Introduction to Smoke

at Manhattan Edit Workshop - Chelsea

Course Details
$1,750 6 seats left
Start Date:

Mon, Dec 09, 10:00am - Dec 11, 6:00pm (3 sessions)

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Chelsea, Manhattan
119 W 23rd St Ste 700
Btw 6th & 7th Avenues
New York, New York 10011
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Class Level: Beginner
Age Requirements: 16 and older
Average Class Size: 6

What you'll learn in this smoke training:

This three day hands-on course introduces key interface components, media management, editing essentials, color correction, basic animation techniques, keying and compositing.

This course also provides an introduction to connectfx/action: smoke’s powerful 3D compositing environment. The goal of this course is to enable editors and compositors to quickly learn the essential skills needed to use smoke in the post production industry as well as understand the concepts that will allow them to expand their skills while using smoke in their daily work.

What you will learn:
  • Navigate the user interface
  • Import and organize media
  • Perform basic editing on the timeline
  • Apply and edit timeline effects
  • Color correct shots
  • Composite multi-layer scene
  • Create a basic 3D scene
  • Render and export the final project
  • Understand the Smoke workflow
  • Reveal the power and capabilities of the timeline effects
  • Acquire an introductory understanding of 3D compositing
  • Knowledge of Mac OS X and basic computer navigation.
  • Familiarity with compositing and/or editing applications such as final cut pro, motion or color is recommended.
Smoke 101 course outline:

Day 1:

Getting started
  • Start smoke
  • Editdesk overview
  • Interface layouts
  • Player
  • Timeline navigation
  • Keyboard shortcuts
Basic editing
  • Source/record view
  • Source/record timeline
  • Overwrite edits
  • Insert edits
  • Editing
  • Settings
  • Sliding clips
  • Trimming clips, heads & tails
  • Cue marks
  • Cuts & editorial dissolves
Media workflow (part1)
  • Project & user
  • Library interface
  • Import media
  • load & join
  • Source and record areas
  • Starting a new sequence
  • Saving your work
  • Switch project
Timeline effects
  • Introduction to soft fx
  • Resize fx
  • Timeline controls
  • Introduction to the color
  • Corrector
  • Copy fx
  • Gap fx
  • Focus point
  • Process fx
Day 2:

Color correction
  • Introduction to the color warper
  • Matching shots in the timeline
  • Triptych view
  • Timeline fx vs. desktop fx
  • Balance shots
  • Introduction to the text effect
  • Introduction to keyframe animation
  • Timeline
  • Versioning
Media management (part 2)
  • User preferences
  • Drag & drop conform
  • Organize media
  • Sequence workflow
  • Network options
  • Process and export the timeline
Compositing on the timeline
  • Introduction to axis fx
  • Vertical editing
  • Matte container
  • Axis controls
Day 3:

  • Master keyer introduction
  • Refine the matte
  • Patching techniques
  • Gmask
  • Introduction
  • Tracking introduction
  • Introduction to 3d compositing
  • Introduction to action
  • Interface overview
  • Create a multi-layer composite
  • Position elements in the 3d space
  • Multi-viewports
  • Action schematic
  • Render the
  • Scene
  • Clip history
School Notes:

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Refund Policy

Rescheduling policy: Bookings transferred by the customer more than 14 business days before the commencement date of the course will incur no transfer fee. Bookings rescheduled by the customer within 0 to 14 business days of the commencement date of the course will incur a $150 transfer fee. All transferred courses must be completed within 3 months of the commencement date of the original class.

Cancellation/exclusion policy: Any student who cancels at least 7 days before the class should receive a 100% refund. If they cancel 0 - 6 days before the course, they should be charged a registration fee of 10% of the total course cost or $100, whichever amount would be less.

In the event that a customer cancels a booking for which a transfer has taken place, this will incur a minimum 50% cancellation fee.

Exclusion of a student by the school may occur if the student displays behavior deemed inappropriate and/or disruptive to other students and/or the school. Student will receive 1 (one) written warning regarding behavior. If the behavior in question is repeated, the student will be removed from the class with a written explanation of their exclusion. In the event that a student is removed due to the above-mentioned repetitive and/or disruptive behavior, no tuition fees will be refunded.

Note: Any transfers and cancellations require written notification to [email protected]


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