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bt365体育在线Autodesk software for visual effects (VFX) professionals powers modern production pipelines.

bt365体育在线What is Visual Effects? (0:12 min.)

What is visual effects?

Visual effects (VFX) is the process through which imagery is altered, created, or enhanced for live-action media that could not be captured during live-action filming due to it being costly, dangerous, impractical, or impossible to shoot. Visual effects allow for the integration of live-action footage and VFX to create realistic objects, characters and environments.

What is the difference between VFX, CGI and special effects?

The three are often used interchangeably but are different in that VFX are created using a combination of live action shots and digital imagery, CGI is anything created digitally, and Special Effects are captured live, without the aid of a computer.

difference between vfx & cgi


VFX (visual effects) encompasses any kind of effect created in post-production that wasn't shot directly on set.

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bt365体育在线(Computer-generated imagery) is anything that is created digitally within a computer. CG can be incorporated into a VFX shot in a live-action movie (i.e., The dinosaurs in Jurassic World) or used to create a fully CG film (i.e., Toy Story).

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SFX (special effects) are practical effects that are implemented directly on set and captured during the live-action shoot. Examples include prosthetic makeup, props or animatronics.

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See how studios are using visual effects software

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Double Negative talks VFX on "Thor: Ragnarok"

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My journey to "Blade Runner 2049"

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VFX resources

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