Global Illumination and Caustics in Maya & mental ray

Lighting and Rendering Series Vol. 4 with Frederic Durand

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Description

In this lecture, Frederic Durand demonstrates a variety of techniques for using Global Illumination and Caustics within Maya and mental ray. Global Illumination and Caustics rendering techniques use photons as the method to create natural lighting phenomenon. Photon based lighting allows light rays to bounce and create complex effects that are not possible with other rendering methods. The training begins with an introduction on Global Illumination theory and quickly moves into how to control the basic GI render settings. Fred shows how to balance accuracy, intensity and photon emission to create fast, production quality renders using Global Illumination alongside of Final Gather. The technical and artistic challenges of caustic lighting are covered in great detail. Materials such as glass, shiny metals and translucent plastics are used as case studies. 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: 193 minutes

Format: HD 1280x720

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  • Global Illumination and Caustics in Maya & mental ray
  • Global Illumination and Caustics in Maya & mental ray
  • Global Illumination and Caustics in Maya & mental ray
  • Global Illumination and Caustics in Maya & mental ray
  • Global Illumination and Caustics in Maya & mental ray
  • Global Illumination and Caustics in Maya & mental ray
  • Global Illumination and Caustics in Maya & mental ray
  • Global Illumination and Caustics in Maya & mental ray
  • Global Illumination and Caustics 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