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Grant Kay
NEW 4KAY STORY POST - Action: Lights & Shadows
on Mar 11, 2011 at 10:36:31 am

Hi Everyone,

I know last week's blog definitely got your attention with the edge rays but we are not done yet with what you can do using Smoke 2012 for Mac OS X.

I have posted a new video entry to The 4Kay Story - ACTION: Lights & Shadows

This week's entry focuses on new light types and shadow casting abilities that you can apply in the 3D compositing environment.

New light types give you more ways than ever to apply light to your scene.

Why is this so special?

Well aside from the creative potential of light manipulation, Autodesk R&D have streamlined the lighting systems so that they are compatible with the lighting in Autodesk 3DSMax and Autodesk Maya. So if you built a lighting rig in your favorite 2012 3D application you could export a 2012 FBX file and import it directly into Smoke and the lighting would be recreated. It's all about repurposing data. Besides, who wants to redo the same work over again???

We also explore the shadow casting in the Action 3D compositor. Now lights can cast shadows in 3D space that interact with both flat image layers and 3D geometry – and with options that let you keep Action as interactive as you need it to be.

Check it out at or subscribe to my YouTube Channel - CREATIVEFINISHING

A quick reminder about the Smoke 2012 hands on-training sessions for video editors and digital artists.

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!)

Seating is limited so make sure that you reserve your seat ASAP.

I hope that everyone has a great weekend!!!


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