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Post production questions
show user profile  LOL500
Okay, so I have a few questions about post production and I was wondering if you could help me.

1) What do you do in post production?
2) Is it necessary for a piece of work to go through post production?
3) Does post production make your work look significantly better?
4) I have heard that After Effects is quite popular, is it easy to use in your opinion?
5) Can you recommend some post production software that you think are the easiest to learn?

Thank you.
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1/22/2012 11:19:38 AM (last edit: 1/22/2012 11:19:38 AM)
show user profile  jareu
first of all. would you take the blue pill or red pill?

He who says it cannot be done is interrupting the man doing it.

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1/22/2012 12:24:56 PM (last edit: 1/22/2012 12:24:56 PM)
show user profile  STRAT
The use and value of post production means different things to different people.

For the hobbyist and part timer, Post production means.......

1) fine tuning and adjusting/correcting colour balances and saturations, erasing erroneous reflections or speculars etc, enhancing or dumbing down, adding people, cars, extras etc etc. mask/matting etc etc. all the things the renderer itself can't do. Or, the things it can do but you deem done better in 'post'.
Very usefull (and sometimes essential) for stitching together rendered frames and compiling animations.

2) Not at all. Most do, but it isn't a given must by any means. Some artists and render systems get it right first time. Most don't.

3) again, It can do. Usually helps whatever. Most pro companies do it as standard. The nube or wannabe won't need these pro standards, whilst still knocking out wonderful work.
In my position, I render out my work from the renderer as best I can, then a collegue of mine in post production adds the finishing touches and 'sparkle' in line with our company's visual.

4) AE is very popular. It's like the animation version of photoshop, and very easy to pick up and learn.

5) Vegas, AE, Premier etc

Post production is a massive and subjective standard. Above is just a couple of items involved.


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1/22/2012 1:09:48 PM (last edit: 1/22/2012 1:14:24 PM)
show user profile  jareu
wasn't sure if this was one of those auto-generated ask a question and spam the shit out of threads.

Post production is basically used whether the project is still or video, and helps achieve that final 'mood'. It can be as limited as simply adjusting levels and colour balance, or as heavy as taking thousands of prerendered assets and merging them together to create a final piece.

I'd say that it is necessary to post produce a final piece, because, as I said, it can be as simple as adjusting levels or contrast, or adding a vignette or a title etc.

AE is pretty much industry standard.

He who says it cannot be done is interrupting the man doing it.

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1/22/2012 2:00:28 PM (last edit: 1/22/2012 2:00:28 PM)
show user profile  Dr. Jim
I will add that all of the above is true.

Breaking down further though asks the question of what do you want from post.

Ae is great....and is quite good for animating too.

Nuke is industry standard for composiiting in larger pipelines.

Your question is very open ended and can go down quite a few paths......
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1/23/2012 12:20:50 AM (last edit: 1/23/2012 12:20:50 AM)
show user profile  stevey2shoes
I want to add to this but don't feel i can.
From my experience, I started with Powerdirecror, as it was just a bit of fun, and it was a fraction of the price, but it was mainly for making home videos etc., but it does use chroma key etc, so it was a good way to start.
I eventually bought AE because MAX didn't render avis very well, and I had been told since year dot that animations should be rendered as a series of jpegs.
STRAT said it perfectly when he compared as an animated version of Photoshop.
One thing I will say is obviously price. I was told that adobe were REALLY tight on giving away student prices, as Id just got MAX on a student rate, due to ill health (and the fact im not using it for financial gain)
But I just rang adobe, told the man that Autodesk had granted me a student discount, and he said, on condition I provided documentary proof, he would as well. a real pleasure to deal with and a fraction of the price i was expecting.
Doesn't answer your question, just some rambling
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1/24/2012 9:42:55 PM (last edit: 1/24/2012 9:42:55 PM)
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