Intro to Multi-pass compositing

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Intro to Multi-pass compositing

A quick introduction to Multi-pass compositing using Fusion 5. In this example, we take a look at one of the case studies from the book “The Art and Science of Digital Compositing” by Ron Brinkman.

Make it how you want | With all the different passes | It’s Zen you shall reach

We use Fusion 5.3 in this example.

If you want more information, please check out my Advanced Multi-pass Compositing tutorial!

If you have any comments or questions, please, feel free to ask!


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30 Responses to “Intro to Multi-pass compositing”

  1. joci Says:

    you rule man… you just help me so much! thanks a lot! nice tutorials and btw you are a great teacher, not some lazy and old bastard :)
    take care dude

  2. - Says:

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  3. joci Says:

    the other tutorials are great also… i watched them all except the two photoshop tutorials and blurs tutorial… currently watching the new one! you really helped me to completely transfer from shake to fusion. thanks a lot for the free tutorials dude.
    take care

  4. Kert Gartner (VFX Haiku Admin) Says:

    Thanks for the kind words Joci! I’m glad you like the tutorials. I haven’t really used shake that much, but if there’s anything else that you think might be valuable to cover in fusion, just let me know!


  5. joci Says:

    Well it would be nice if you could provide us some 3d tutorial… for example, how to import 3d camera or object data to fusion and to show us some basic tips and tricks for that kind of compositing… yeah, that would be nice :) take care Kert!

  6. fudini Says:

    Thanks for the great tutorials!

    When using the Boolean node to do an Add shouldn’t you also set the Alpha to “Do nothing” so you don’t end up with clipping Alpha channels (values >1)?

    Thanks again. :-)

  7. Kert Gartner (VFX Haiku Admin) Says:

    Hi Fudini,

    That’s a good point! Yes, generally, you shouldn’t add your alphas together.

  8. gnat_robes Says:

    Excellent tutorial for an intro to multi-pass comping. You are not boring at all unlike most tuts. I usually fall asleep from most teachers but you have broken the zen of slumber to learning. Thanks for this very nice presentation. Excellent job. I also like your concept for your website – Haiku…most appropriate…gave me some peace from my dreadful schedules in VFX.

  9. Kert Gartner (VFX Haiku Admin) Says:

    Thanks for the compliment Gnat_Robes! I agree, the schedules and workload of the VFX industry can be crushing at times. A little zen and peace goes a long way!

  10. Al Says:

    Great tutorials for fusion!
    Do you use Maya at all? Would be nice to see an in-depth maya to fusion tutorial!

    Hope you carry on releasing these!

  11. Kert Gartner (VFX Haiku Admin) Says:

    Hi Al, Unfortunately, I don’t know Maya at all :) There’s TONS of Maya tutorials out there if you look in the right places :)


  12. mantra Says:

    How compositing passes, if in scene i have a GI,AO and shadow passes?
    And how to split lightning into two light passes?

  13. Kert Gartner (VFX Haiku Admin) Says:

    Hi RockKenny, I cover how to use GI (Global Illumination) and AO (Ambient Occlusion) passes in my Advanced Multi-pass compositing tutorial. Take a look at what the tutorial covers here:


  14. eeeooo Says:

    Thanks, great and very enlightening intro for an AE user.

    I think nodes don’t intimidate me that much anymore ;)

  15. ilovesurferboy Says:

    hi kert! i really love your tutorials! i’m an ae user transitioning to fusion and what you did here help me a lot. unlike other tutorials that are boring and teaches artists to be lazy…this one you got here is really great. i started using fusion only last month, i hope to use it for my compositing projects in the coming year…hope to see more tutorials from you…

    thank you so much!

  16. Kert Gartner (VFX Haiku Admin) Says:

    Hi SurferBoy! you might really like my tutorial called Node Based Compositing for After Effects Users. Enjoy!

  17. Tomek Says:

    Thanks! Best Fusion tutorial that I have seen so far!

  18. Kert Gartner (VFX Haiku Admin) Says:

    Thanks Tomek! I’m glad you liked it!! :)

  19. BLADE Says:

    Finally I found your website. Good tutorials on fusion are rare on the net. You really have some nice treasure here. Thank you very much!

  20. mantra Says:

    how to make lighting scenes such like this?
    environment separately and characters separately?
    can make a lesson on this subject?

  21. Mike Robinson Says:

    I’ll echo the comment that “this tutorial is extremely well-done.” First of all, you took a familiar scene from a well-thumbed book. :-D But then, you pointed out what the original comp did, and also, what it (so to speak) “did wrong.” Or, “could have done better.” And, you also pointed out clever tricks (like a substitute for a zed-mask) that the original comp did.

    Most impressive of all is “fixing these problems on-the-spot,” which you did several times, and did “en passant.” This is, of course, exactly what you have to deal with all the time when compositing in the real world: you can’t go back and change the render; you don’t have time to re-do anything. You have to make good choices based on what you have to work with (and “ship” by tomorrow, please, or can you have it to me yesterday?). ;-)

    A good, well-paced, practical tutorial in HD. Very nice.

  22. Jules Says:

    hi Kert,

    I’ve just started using DF for about a week already and the transition is tough for an AE user until i came across your website. This tutorial is a GREAT guide for beginners. Thanks!!!

    By the way, i’m currently learning how to recreate AE projects inside DF and i ran into some problems.Is it possible to parent multiple images together to a null/layer in DF like you could in After Effects?

  23. Kert Gartner (VFX Haiku Admin) Says:

    Hey Jules,

    There’s not really any parenting paradigm in Fusion, because of the way a node based project is structured. All you need to do is place a transform (or if you’re working in 3D, a 3D Transform) after whatever nodes you want to be “parented” and that node will control the position of all the nodes before it.

    Hope this helps!

  24. Boreale Says:

    Hi Kert,
    Thanks a lot for these tutorials about node compositing. I’m a AE user and I’m about to learn Nuke. Your tutorials are clear, and you’re an excellent teacher.

  25. paulutham Says:

    Its good

  26. Nilesh razz Says:

    hi i want that footage that u used in tutorial.

  27. Kert Gartner (VFX Haiku Admin) Says:

    The footage comes with this book:

  28. srinivas Rangu Says:

    hi it’s nice tutorial, it was really help me, Tanks.

  29. sai Says:

    nice tutorial, it was really help me,

  30. kunal mazumdar Says:

    Thanks for providing such a basic but very useful video. It is really very helpful to understands the flow, tools (merge, cc, bmp, masking etc). I am really a fan of yours site now and hope to see more such useful videos.

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