Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Learning Softimage - BMW disappear under tons of water

Hi everyone, it's already the end of my 2nd session studying here at CentreNAD and it's time to turn in my "session project". We had to imagine a "Magic effect" of something disappearing. We made this project in a team of two. I had a lot of fun with the talented 3D freelancer and student Bruno-Pierre Jobin. He had modeled a very nice BMW i8 during the year so we decided we would use this car.

As for the backdrop, we wanted something realistic and animated. This is why we used E-on Vue 10. Using the integrated Vue software into the Softimage workflow, we managed to create a low-rez version of our terrain, which we used to do the water simulation and the car animation.

In order to animate the car in a realistic way, we had to rig it. We stumbled upon a very great plug-in for Autodesk Softimage named Craft Director Studio by the company Craft Animation. It helped us a lot get a good quality rigging in no time. I encourage you to check it out.

For the water simulation itself, we used the in-app Softimage's Lagoa Multiphysics simulation. Using multiple Render Pass we managed to create a transparent look that we then comped onto our high rez Vue 10 backdrop.

For the compositing part of the project, we used Nuke by The Foundry, which was both efficient and powerful enough for our needs.

I hope you like it.

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