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HaZ: My top 10 VFX software

HaZ uses a variety of software tools to make his films, and shares them here, in no particular order.

You’ve started to use HitFilm and it’s a great way to start your journey into VFX; you don’t need any other software for this course. Here, HaZ talks through his favourite tools of the trade. Newcomers to VFX who feel a little overwhelmed by talk of software may want to skip this page, it won’t affect your progress through the course!

As the VFX industry has proliferated, so have the available tools. We wanted to give you all an awareness of other programs you might want to check out one day. You might even have heard of some of them. Some, like ftrack are not VFX specific, but a great support for the VFX artist or filmmaker.

After looking at the video you might want to follow these links to find out more. Be aware that some of these can be quite costly and don’t have the benefit of free editions. Also we are not personally recommending any of these- it’s HaZ’s personal choice, and what he’s comfortable with using for his style of work. Here are links to their websites:

Nuke for Compositing

Maya for 3D modelling and animation

Arnold for rendering

Syntheyes for match moving

ftrack for project management

Mocha Pro for planar tracking and roto

Trapcode Particular for 3D particle effects

Photoshop for 2D image manipulation

Premiere for editing

Resolve for Colour Grading

Something to bear in mind after that long list- no-one expects you to know all these- HaZ works with a bunch of experts, but he knows what to ask for, and what’s available. So it’s worth just getting an understanding of what’s out there- but no need to be a walking encyclopaedia of software!

There’s a lot of software out there these days- maybe you’ve tried some already. What did you think? Tell us if you already have favourite bits of software, and what it does in layperson’s terms for newcomers to this field. Also, if you’re a newcomer, and maybe feeling a little overwhelmed by all this talk about different software, maybe you can ask the group for advice about where to go next to learn more about certain programs, after you’ve got comfortable with HitFilm.

We hope you enjoyed this insight. Once again, for all our newcomers- all you need for this course is Hitfilm, so maybe you’ll want to consult this article sometime in the future. It’ll be available to you even after the course is over

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