OpenEXR formats are extremely useful when they are utilized in the most effective way. In this week's tutorial, Sebastian Siggerud is back to show us how to use multi-channel OpenEXR passes in Nuke, while also teaching how to turn a 2D background into a 3D scene.

I was on-set filming as VFX Supervisor, and the first Assistant Director (1AD) had a simple question for me, "Do you want to film this shot with the smoke on, or add it in later? I know some VFX artists like to get the plates clean." Let me address a few thoughts before I continue with how I answered this question.

We wanted to show our Fusion (software) users a few tips and tricks to adding explosion stock footage in your scene. Our instructor lectures on best practices of making an asteroid smash into the ground and causing an explosion to occur.

If you want to keep up with the cutting edge in media and technology you need to get used to a slew of event acronyms, among them: GDC, SXSW, SIGGRAPH, and of course NAB. The National Association of Broadcasters annual trade show finished up its 28th event last week and this year once again displayed the ceaseless advancement of both the content we create and the tools we use for it.