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Top 9 ActionVFX Blog Posts

It’s hard to believe, but this month ActionVFX turns three years old! When we launched in 2016, not only was our initial Kickstarter goal fully-funded in a matter of days, but thanks to the support of the VFX community around the world, we ended up tripling our campaign goal!  Thanks to you, the last three years have been amazing. We’ve grown tremendously, added some incredible members to the team, gained tons of feedback from the VFX ...

After Effects To Nuke — Three Tips For Making The Jump

Some will frame the separation between various compositing software as an “entry level” vs. “big boy” conversation. The problem with this, however, is that it ignores the open evaluation of not only the strengths and weaknesses of each tool, but of their purpose. For many VFX artists, animators, and motion designers, After Effects was one of the first tools we had access to. It’s affordable, within the ...

Should I Be A CG Generalist Or A CG Specialist?

When putting together your résumé and LinkedIn profile as you prepare for a job search in the VFX industry, it’s important to know exactly what type of position you’d be a good fit for. Two popular titles in the industry are “CG Generalist” and “CG Specialist.” Today, we’ll break down the differences between the two titles, so you can figure out which one is right for you....

Three Practical Uses for Noise — The Swiss Army Knife of VFX

You know what it is and you’ve used it before: noise. Though fundamentally simple, it’s one of the most versatile tools in visual effects. Once you put it to the test, you begin to see its value! The beauty of noise as it’s used in VFX is how it defies the traditional definition. Merriam Webster definitions for the word throw out terms like “unwanted”, “unpleasant”, and “meaningless”, but in true effects wizard fashion, we make it have meaning! ...

Five Incredible Effects Tutorials Using Stock Footage

Time is money. This simple saying is both an undeniable truth in the world of visual effects and also a three-word sales pitch for one of the most efficient expenditures in any post-production budget: stock footage. VFX stock footage can save countless hours in post-production, and the best part is the VFX artist has ultimate control over how it looks. This final control is what makes ...

Where to Learn VFX Online: 3 Academies Worth Checking Out

Whether you’re interested in starting a career in visual effects, or you’ve been in the field for some time, it’s never a bad idea to sharpen your resume with VFX training. We’ve looked at some great schools to earn a degree in VFX, but depending on your situation, it might be a good idea to pursue an online certification instead. Here are three cutting-edge acade...

5 Hands-On Schools for Earning a Degree in VFX

Whether you’re considering a career in the visual effects industry, or you're looking to further your development as a VFX artist, there are mountains of resources online to help you grow. If you’re looking for something more substantial, like hands-on classroom training or graduate certifications in various disciplines within the VFX world, there are great schools that offer everything from graduate programs to condensed courses to help achieve your goals....

5 Expert Compositing Tutorials | Nuke

The Foundry’s Nuke is an incredible piece of software with a robust toolset. Often the most important and flexible tool in the compositor's repertoire, the node-based solution has prevailed in recent years as the most important software to learn for 2D VFX specialists. At a glance, Nuke can be daunting. For an adept After Effects user, the interface is barren and deceivingly simple. For the general artist, the math,...

5 Incredible Compositing Tutorials For Nuke

Compositing is one of the most volatile and intricate steps in the visual effects process. Though it’s technically during the finishing stages of a shot, compositors are offered an extreme amount of control over assets (both three and two dimensional). From chroma keying to advanced tracking and placement, compositing is all about marrying the creations of several artists into a final and cohesive work. At the forefront of this art form is ...

Five Free Tools for Your VFX Workflow

As budgets get smaller and deadlines get tighter, it’s crucial to know where you can cut corners. Often-times, there are aspects of our workflow which could be updated in the most cost-effective way possible: free stuff! In the world of software, plug-ins, and downloads, free has come back in style through open-source tools with transparent creators and bustling communities. Though it bel...