Using Maya’s Luminance Depth pass in After Effects

September.09.2010 · Posted By - Rex

A while ago I posted about how to set up and use Maya’s Luminance Depth render layer preset, I just wanted to follow up with a quick video tutorial about how we use that pass when compositing.  The content is a couple of years old but is used identically as of CS5.  Please note you will need the Frischluft LensCare plugin for After Effects if you want to do your Depth of Field adjustment in Post in AfterEffects as …

Using Maya’s Luminance Depth Preset

August.08.2009 · Posted By - Rex

Maya’s luminance depth preset can do a lot of things for the finished look of your animation, with a minimal expense of render time.  You can use it to generate post controlled fog or darkness, depth based compositing of elements, or for a good, post controlled focal blur.

Maya’s Z Depth channel rendering has a few problems.  It’s not easily read or used by your favorite compositing program, it is not anti-aliased so you may get jaggy side effects by using …