It’s no secret that Unreal Engine 4 is an incredible tool for producing gorgeous environments for VFX. Whether you’re a UE4 novice or an expert, scene building can be a lot of work. Fortunately, there’s; a set of pre-built environment packs and tools that can make a huge improvement in your UE4 workflow, allowing you to rapidly build gorgeous custom environments with ease.

Before the digital revolution, matte paintings were typically photorealistic images painted on glass that were layered together in-camera with actors on set. Today, there are a limitless number of possibilities when it comes to learning the craft of matte painting, and we're going to look at five great tutorials to get you started!

Chances are you’ve probably had to deal with less-than-perfect footage at some point in your career. Today, we’re going to look at several common issues you may encounter when working with footage, as well as how to resolve the problems with After Effects. Let’s get started!

Last minute travel, cramped flights, Uber rides stuck in traffic — you name it. In the professional world, this is just a small nuisance for some. You can still check your email, undergo simple tasks, and generally keep connected to most fields of work. For VFX artists, however, whose lifeblood is the system on which they work, travel can be a hard roadblock for progress.

While it’s great to have a nice budget for VFX work, sometimes you may be severely limited on resources. Today’s article is going to show you five simple visual effects you can use without the need for purchasing additional plug-ins or specialized software.

One of the greatest gifts of Star Wars is its sheer variety. At the technical level, the subject matter covers the full spectrum of visual effects complexity: from entry-level all the way to the cutting edge. In your next short film based in a galaxy far, far away, try to grab a mixed bag—here’s a few killer tutorials to get you started.

When Adobe added the 3D Camera Tracker to After Effects several years ago, it was a complete technological breakthrough for compositors and VFX artists everywhere. The tedium of object tracking and manual keyframing was mostly alleviated with an effect that takes very little effort to execute. HitFilm Pro’s new 3D Camera Tracker works almost identically to the one found in After Effects, which is yet another testament to the value included in HitFilm Pro.

In order to have the most effective HDRI lighting simulations possible in your 3D comp, practical lighting references can be extremely helpful. If you want to take it a step further, we’re going to look at a method that will allow you to use those same practical lighting references to build accurate CG representations for your VFX shot with Cinema 4D and RedShift.