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Smoke 101: An Introduction to Smoke


This three-day hands-on course introduces key interface components, media management, editing essentials, color correction, basic animation techniques, keying and compositing. This course also provides an introduction to ConnectFX/Action: Smoke’s powerful 3D compositing environment. The goal of this course is to enable editors and compositors to quickly learn the essential skills needed to use Smoke in the post-production industry as well as understand the concepts that will allow them to expand their skills while using Smoke in their daily work.


What you will learn:

• NAVIGATE the user interface


• PERFORM basic editing on the timeline

• APPLY and EDIT timeline effects


• COMPOSITE multi-layer scene

• CREATE a basic 3D scene

• RENDER and EXPORT the final project


Who should attend:

The course is designed for users who are knowledgeable of editing and compositing workflows but are novice to Smoke.



• Knowledge of Mac OS X and basic computer navigation

• Familiarity with compositing and/or editing applications such as Final Cut Pro, Motion or Color is recommended


What you will walk away with:

Smoke 101

1. Understand the Smoke workflow

2. Reveal the power and capabilities of the timeline effects

3. Acquire an introductory understanding of 3D compositing



Smoke 101 Course Outline:


Day 1:

Getting Started

  • Start Smoke

  • EditDesk Overview

  • Interface Layouts

  • Player

  • Timeline Navigation

  • Keyboard Shortcuts

Basic Editing

  • Source/Record View

  • Source/Record Timeline

  • Overwrite Edits

  • Insert Edits

  • Editing

  • Settings

  • Sliding clips

  • Trimming Clips, Heads & Tails

  • Cue Marks

  • Cuts & Editorial Dissolves

Media Workflow (part1)

  • Project & User

  • Library Interface

  • Import Media

  • Load & Join

  • Source and Record Areas

  • Starting a New Sequence

  • Saving your Work

  • Switch Project

Timeline Effects

  • Introduction to Soft FX

  • Resize FX

  • Timeline Controls

  • Introduction to the Color

  • Corrector

  • Copy FX

  • Gap FX

  • Focus Point

  • Process FX

Day 2:

Color Correction

  • Introduction to the Color Warper

  • Matching Shots in the Timeline

  • Triptych View

  • Timeline FX vs. Desktop FX

  • Balance Shots


  • Introduction to the Text Effect

  • Introduction to keyframe animation

  • Timeline

  • Versioning

Media Management (part 2)

  • User Preferences

  • Drag & Drop Conform

  • Organize Media

  • Sequence Workflow

  • Network Options


  • Process and Export the Timeline

Compositing on the Timeline

  • Introduction to Axis FX

  • Vertical Editing

  • Matte Container

  • Axis Controls

Day 3:


  • Master Keyer introduction

  • Refine the Matte

  • Patching Techniques

  • Gmask

  • Introduction

  • Tracking Introduction

Introduction to 3D Compositing

  • Introduction to Action

  • Interface Overview

  • Create a Multi-layer Composite

  • Position Elements in the 3D Space

  • Multi-Viewports

  • Action Schematic

  • Render the

  • Scene

  • Clip History


Course Cost: $1,750

Click here to Register.

Class runs from 10am - 6pm.  Each student will have their own workstation.

Students may take Smoke 101 & Smoke 201 as a bundle for a total of $2,499 if they register and pay for the classes at the same time. Students will have up to a  month to redeem this bundle.  That's over 15% off! Please register via our website registration page and indicate in the comments box which dates you are signing up for and you will be charged the appropriate amount.

Click here to see our Smoke 201 workshop.


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Cost: $1,750

Certification cost: NA