+ Dover Studios, Inc. announced the release of Shake: Techniques Volume 1, their latest visual effects training DVD. Shake: Techniques Volume 1 provides compositors with a variety of solutions that can be applied to everyday compositing challenges. Through a series of in-depth lessons, visual effects artists, Andrew Hazelden & Russell Hazelden, share tips and techniques that will help you create better composites in Shake. Essential topics include several approaches to stabilizing footage including the Stabilize node that uses motion trackers, and the SmoothCam node that uses optical flow technology. Learn how to use the Defocus node and see how it can be used to simulate a real lens by creating the Bokeh lens effect.
Discover how to pull a key from a blueScreen shot by using the Keylight keyer and learn how to use the Keylight status mode to troubleshoot a key. Advanced topics include: creating a procedural animation using an audio file and an expression, and building a composite using an external matte with the SwitchMatte node. Demystify the topic of alpha channels by learning what the terms pre-multiplied and un-pre multiplied really mean. Check out www.DoverStudios.com today and download the free preview movie. Shake: Techniques Volume 1 is available on DVD-ROM for Mac OS X and Windows. Shake: Techniques Volume 1 is available now for $49.95 CAD.