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Grant Kay
NEW 4KAY STORY POST: Smoke 2012 - Action: Volumetric & Edge Ray Lighting
on Mar 4, 2011 at 10:28:24 am

Hi All,

I have posted a new Blog on the 4Kay story!!! Action: Volumetric Lighting & Edge Rays.

This is the first of many amazing new features crammed into 2012 of Smoke for Mac OSX. I would like to point out that we have announced version 2012 but it is not shipping.  

If you download the trial, student or commercial version of Smoke for Mac OS - it will be the current shipping version 2011.  

Don't worry we will let you know when we start shipping but these videos will definitely get the creative juices flowing as well as help you start learning how to use these tools to the best of your ability!!!!

This week we'll start examining the 3D lighting tools in action.

For those of you who are not familiar with volumetric lighting, essentially it refers to bright light visible in a dense atmosphere. We have all seen visible beams of light in reality. For example think of light rays shining through clouds, tree tops or a window.

In Smoke's action 3D compositor you can turn lights into volumetric lights with loads of creative potential.

In the next videos, I will show you how to apply these tools and tweak the settings to get an amazing result instantly.

A word for the stereoscopic folk, because the lighting system works in 3D space, it works quite comfortably when doing stereoscopic compositing!

You can check this out at or you can subscribe to my YouTube Channel - CREATIVEFINISHING

Just a reminder about our NAB 2011 hands on training.  It is free and registration is required!!!

Smoke for Mac hands-on in a supervised environment – here is your chance to do it! Join Autodesk at NAB (Las Vegas) in the Post-Production World Conference to attend a 60-minute FREE introductory training session led by Autodesk instructors. These introductory sessions are ideal for digital artists and Apple® Final Cut Pro® software users who want to learn more about Autodesk® Smoke® for Mac OS® X, all-in-one editorial finishing on the Mac®. For a detailed session daily schedule and more information on Autodesk overall presence at the NAB show visit: Seats are limited so sign up today!

Click here to register:

So if you are interested in trying out Smoke for the first time or you know someone who might be interested, certainly get signed up! (not for Smoke power users, you know who you are!)

Hope everyone has a great weekend!!!

Take care where ever you are….


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