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The Importance of Digital Color CorrectionThe Importance of Digital Color Correction

Paulo de Andrade is an accomplished video effects artist whose work includes 19 years in broadcast television where he has worked on hundreds of major international series and films. In this article, Paulo looks at the importance of digital color correction and explores some of the ways that he uses to create visual magic in his own work. As the founder of, a site dedicated to Macintosh media professionals, Paulo focuses on tools like Final Cut Pro and Discreet Combustion in this article.

Paulo de Andrade
Autodesk Combustion
Combustion 3Combustion 3

Alan Edward Bell takes a thorough look at Discreet Combustion 3 and concludes with, "...Many feature film and television effects houses use Combustion on a daily basis for doing everything from matte generation, color correction to full blown compositing, I cannot recommend this software enough, and this review only scratches the surface of what is possible."

Alan Edward Bell
Autodesk Combustion
Using Selections, Particles & Turbulence in CombustionUsing Selections, Particles & Turbulence in Combustion

In this tutorial, Michael Mey demonstrates using some simple operators in Combustion to make a castle look like it's burning. The intent of this article is to show how selections and particles can be combined to make some elements of the picture to be in front of the particles effects and others to be behind.

Michael Mey
Autodesk Combustion
Combustion 4, a first look by Ken LaRueCombustion 4, a first look by Ken LaRue

Creative Cow's Ken LaRue explores the just announced Discreet combustion 4. Packed with many new features that Ken enthusiastically describes as ''Hot!'' and which include quite a number that many users have had on their own personal wish lists, C4 is drawing a lot of attention and discussion here in the Creative Cow forums. In this article, Ken helps us explore many of the reasons why...

Ken LaRue
Autodesk Combustion
Creating Shadows and Reflections In CombustionCreating Shadows and Reflections In Combustion

In this tutorial, Mike Harper demonstrates, using Discreet Combustion, how to create shadows and reflection layers and how they interact with lights in a 3-D environment.

Mike Harper
Autodesk Combustion
How to Use Bit Depth Converters and View LUTHow to Use Bit Depth Converters and View LUT

In this tutorial, Alan Edward Bell demonstrates how to work with Cineon files and combustion. Generally speaking the rule of thumb is, that you should do all your color correction in Log space and the majority of your image transformations in linear space.

Alan Edward Bell
Autodesk Combustion
Runaway Training:Combustion Underground Training DVDsRunaway Training:Combustion Underground Training DVDs

In this article, contributing editor Jim Harvey reviews Combustion Underground Training DVDs by Lee 'Rod' Roderick from Runaway Training. Read the review to find out why Jim gave this training 5 COWs.

Jim Harvey
Autodesk Combustion
Creating the Old Movie look with CombustionCreating the Old Movie look with Combustion

Contributing Editor, Bimo Adi Prakoso demonstrates some techniques for Creating the Old Movie Looks with Combustion in this tutorial. He adivises readers that, ''Many plugins for creating an old movie look are available at various costs, but the challenge is creating one without any plugin at all. Actually, it's a simple, straight forward process''.

Bimo Adi Prakoso
Autodesk Combustion
Creating the Old Movie look with Combustion - Dirt and ScratchesCreating the Old Movie look with Combustion - Dirt and Scratches

In this tutorial, Contributing Editor, Bimo Adi Prakoso introduces further techniques for Creating the Old Movie Look with Combustion. Read on to continue this tutorial with Part 2: Creating Scratches and Dirt.

Bimo Adi Prakoso
Autodesk Combustion
Combustion 4 Training CourseCombustion 4 Training Course

Michael Hurwicz looks at Kenneth LaRue's combustion 4 training DVDs and concludes that this set is great for novices and intermediates alike, but if you're already an expert, you may only need the 'What's New in Combustion 4' set that's available.

Michael Hurwicz
Autodesk Combustion
Changing the Image in ParticlesChanging the Image in Particles

In this tutorial, Federico Dedeu demonstrates an interesting text effect using the particle generator and the text effect.

Federico Dedeu
Autodesk Combustion
3D Transitions in discreet combustion3D Transitions in discreet combustion

In this tutorial, Ben Munkres demonstrates building a transition in order to instruct in the use of the 3d workspace and how to put into use in a production piece.

Ben Munkres
Autodesk Combustion
Combustion: Replacing A Color using the Color Suppression OperatorCombustion: Replacing A Color using the Color Suppression Operator

Beginners in Combustion often ask the question: My actor's shirt is green. How do I change it to blue? In this tutorial, Ayman Abdel-Basset demonstrates how to change one color in an image to another color. And he does it in Combustion without extra plug-ins.

Ayman Abdel-Basset
Autodesk Combustion
Using the Diamond Keyer of Combustion 4 to change a selected colorUsing the Diamond Keyer of Combustion 4 to change a selected color

In this tutorial, Ayman Abdel-Basset demonstrates how to use the new Diamond Keyer of Autodesk Combustion 4 along with the Color Correction operator to change the selected color of the footage.

Ayman Abdel-Basset
Autodesk Combustion
Morphing Smoke into TextMorphing Smoke into Text

When I was working on a title sequence for a short film, I needed some help creating a particular effect; smoke morphing into text. Not knowing where to turn, I wrote a post in the Combustion Forum. Lucky for me some people were more than happy to help out. Lee "Rod" Roderick, Discreet Training Specialist, helped me out. This tutorial was created from his original file. In this tutorial, we will use Combustion's Particle effects and text operators to create a cool effect suitable for your home or office.

Adam Tracksler
Autodesk Combustion
Sapphire Plug-ins Provide Big Help on ''Little Manhattan''Sapphire Plug-ins Provide Big Help on ''Little Manhattan''

Film editor and FX artist, Alan Edward Bell shares some Hollywood secrets in this discussion of his recent job for 20th Century Fox and New Regency Pictures, "Little Manhattan." One tool he came back to again and again was GenArts' Sapphire Plug-ins -- both during the editing stage to create effects within Final Cut Pro, and during the finishing stage to finalize the effects at film resolution within Autodesk combustion.

People / Interview
Alan Edward Bell
Autodesk Combustion
Creating Jittery TextCreating Jittery Text

Adam Tracksler was reading through the tutorials at CreativeCow and stumbled across an After Effects tutorial on creating Jittery Text. He thought, hey, you can do that in Combustion, and here's how.

Adam Tracksler
Autodesk Combustion
Combustion: Create a Traced Watermark ImageCombustion: Create a Traced Watermark Image

In this tutorial, Rikard Bosnjakovic will demonstrate converting an existing logo to a paint-object and use it as a watermark for pictures. The intent of the tutorial is to overcome some nasty and unwanted problems with traced objects in the paint operator. This tutorial is for beginners.

Rikard Bosnjakovic
Autodesk Combustion
Combustion v2: The On-Line WebWarriors Guide -- a review by Marisu FroncCombustion v2: The On-Line WebWarriors Guide -- a review by Marisu Fronc

Marisu Fronc takes a look at Combustion v2: The On-Line WebWarriors Guide by Jack Pfeiffer. Read why Marisu believes this book is a must-have for all combustion users.

Marisu Fronc
Autodesk Combustion
Writing a Logo with LightWriting a Logo with Light

In this video tutorial, CreativeCOW leader Ayman Abdel-Basset demonstrates a quick, easy way to use the eraser of the paint operator and the particle system of Autodesk Combustion to create a nice writing logo effect -- complete with shining rays. This tutorial is for advanced users of Combustion, but also has some useful tips for new users.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Ayman Abdel-Basset
Autodesk Combustion
The Blonde with One Green ScreenThe Blonde with One Green Screen

The following technique from CreativeCOW member Todd Groves can be applied to situations where the actor or object that is placed before a greenscreen/bluescreen has some element about them that cannot be separated by the standard approach to keying. The situation that inspired this solution involved a blonde haired actress in front of a greenscreen.''

Todd Groves
Autodesk Combustion
Creating a Promo Transition with CombustionCreating a Promo Transition with Combustion

As the lines between television and the internet continue to blur, it seems like every TV channel wants you to look at their website. Whether you're CNN or community television, you'll have to rise above the straight cut or dissolve to get the viewer's attention.In this tutorial, Lee 'Rod' Roderick will show you how to use Discreet combustion to create a promo transition that combines digital video and motion graphics. Once you set it up, you can substitute your own clips and text.

Lee Roderick
Autodesk Combustion
Combustion: Creating Rays of Sunshine without Plug-insCombustion: Creating Rays of Sunshine without Plug-ins

In this tutorial, Ayman Abdel-Basset demonstrates how to create the effect of rays without 3rd party plug-ins by using the keying operator and dolly blur operator - creating the illusion of light using simply basic blurs in Combustion.

Ayman Abdel-Basset
Autodesk Combustion
3D Transitions in discreet combustion: part 23D Transitions in discreet combustion: part 2

Purpose: To build a transition that helps to instruct the use of the 3d workspace, and how to put it to use in a production piece. This is part 2 of a two-part tutorial.

Ben Munkres

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