The Visual Impact Academy is running training courses in 3D, picture profiling and nanoFlash workflow in London, Cardiff and Prague.
It only began offering training at its London, Teddington branch recently, following requests from customers, having started its Academy in South Africa in 2006.
Its previous 3D courses were fully booked, and it is now adding further dates and venues. "The feedback from attendees has been excellent with many pleased with the mix of practical tips, real world examples and hands-on sessions," said Rob Newton, Group Business Manager, Visual Impact UK.
Trainers include Alister Chapman (pictured), an experienced DoP, Stereographer and filmmaker, who specialises in filming extreme weather, making programmes for National Geographic and Discovery. He has produced 3D corporates for the Sony Alpha camera launch and 3D online commercials for IBM, as well as providing 3D launch materials for the upcoming Discovery 3D channel.
Visual Impact currently has places on its £150 introduction to 3D workshops in London, Cardiff and at O-Video in Prague, later this month, with a chance to use a full 3D rig, as well as find out about topics like rig alignment, how to calculate 3D space and editing using Avid and Final Cut Pro.
The £100 Picture Profiling workshop will de-mystify many of the adjustments you can make to a camera to fine-tune the image quality, such as gamma curves and how they affect dynamic range, detail correction and the colour matrix, with demonstrations of Sony and Panasonic settings.
A further course will cover the recording workflow for Convergent Design's tiny nanoFlash HD recorder, especially combined with Sony's XDCAM EX cameras. It will look at ways of mounting and powering the nanoFlash, making it record in sync with the EX and some of the clever tricks you can do to gain extra functionality.