Ambient Occlusion in Maya & mental ray

Lighting and Rendering Series Vol. 5

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Description

In this lecture, Frederic Durand demonstrates a variety of techniques for indirect and direct lighting using Ambient Occlusion within Maya and mental ray. In its most basic use, Ambient Occlusion allows artists to simulate contact shadows in an image. Frederic begins with an introduction to Ambient Occlusion theory and quickly moves into how to control the look and feel of Ambient Occlusion lighting. The technical and artistic challenges of lighting using Ambient Occlusion are covered in great detail. Production techniques for using the built-in AO Shader, MIB_FG OCCLUSION, MIB_AMB_OCCLUSION, MIB_FAST_OCCLUSION and MIB_BENT_NORMAL_ENV are leveraged to create professional quality renders. Advanced concepts like environment lighting, refraction and transparency are covered to ensure clean, accurate and aesthetically pleasing results from complex situations. Compositing is addressed as an integral part of any lighting workflow as it helps to work more efficiently while rendering in passes is critical to any successful lighting strategy. For those interested in mastering mental ray, this title offers invaluable techniques from an experienced industry artist.


Duration: 225 minutes

Format: HD 1280x720

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  • Ambient Occlusion in Maya & mental ray
  • Ambient Occlusion in Maya & mental ray
  • Ambient Occlusion in Maya & mental ray
  • Ambient Occlusion in Maya & mental ray
  • Ambient Occlusion in Maya & mental ray
  • Ambient Occlusion in Maya & mental ray

Frederic Durand

Lighting Artist

Working on animated films, feature films, and commercials for the past 20 years, Frederic Durand has had the opportunity to work at Sony Imageworks, Disney Animation, DreamWorks, Jim Henson’s Workshop, the Mill, MPC and Digital Domain. He is the co-founder of Noroc Studio. As a leading lighting artist, his approach is not only technical, but also artistic. He heavily emphasizes and integrates aspects of cinematography into his approach. Frederic graduated from the Ecole Nationale des Arts Decoratifs (ENSAD) in Paris, France. Additionally, during his master’s program, he completed one year residency at The Copper Union in NYC.

  • Fred is one of the most technical and proficient lighters I've ever had the pleasure to work with, and his knowledge of mental ray is unparalleled. For the commercials on which Fred and I worked together, he proved himself to be an indispensable part of the team.

    - Nathaniel Morgan
    CG Generalist at Bad Robot