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 in this example.

If you have other examples of how you’ve used it please share!

Case Study – Browning Safe Ad

May.16.2010 · Posted By - Rex

Production Company: Alvey Media Group

Client: Browning

Role: Modeling, Texturing, Effects, Lighting, Animation


Most know Browning as a maker of rifles, but they also have a long standing line of safe products. Alvey Media Group connected with us in the fall of 2008 to help bring one of Browning’s safe products to life.

In the 30 second spot, a burglar breaks in to a home and attempts to break in to Browning’s safe. To his surprise, …

Sound Scoring for the Musically Challenged

September.20.2009 · Posted By - Rex

I don’t consider myself a professional editor for the first thing, let alone a musician.  Over the years I have used a variety of methods to add fitting music to animation productions.  Each have their points and uses going forward.  I just wanted to share some of those experiences from you and see if you have any feedback or experience that can help us as well.

We at PerspectX do quite a bit of animation that has to stand ‘on it’s …