How to Learn CG and VFX

The most frequent question I get asked from VFX artists starting out is: “How to learn VFX?”

Or:

“How to learn CG & VFX”

Where to start learning VFX? In this video I share some tips about 3D and Animation software such as 3Ds Max, Maya, Cinema 4D, and zBrush. I also talk about how to start learning and retain information.

If you take a moment to subscribe I will be sharing lots of advice on how to level up your career, and how to get out of it what you put in. I will also be sharing plenty of tutorials and training on animation, rigging, modeling, texturing, render engines, compositing, keying, tracking, roto scoping, production hardware, behind the scenes as well as visual effects tutorials, particles, fluids, and more.

Also, I have a new FREE DEMO REEL GUIDE. If you want to download the Guide I wrote on How to Make a Demo Reel (from an employer’s perspective) go to www.allanmckay.com/myreel/

I also have a new 18 hour FREE Live Action Visual Effects City Destruction Class – check out www.VFXCOURSE.com which I just posted this week.

I hope either of these help you. Thanks, guys!

Allan

Youtube comments:

Eric Liang
I swear to God you're one of the best, if not THE BEST vfx teacher/guide/mentor there is on youtube! Thanks for everything!! <3
Pramod Kumar
If I am a beginner in fx then what kind of task should I have taken?
Rui
Thanks a lot Allan!!!
tkkstar
Really loved the video! I really enjoyed how you summarized everything at the end of the video. It was a nice way to bring everything in and put a nice bow on it. It would be cool to see some more info graphics in the future in your videos. Keep up with the great videos!
himadri Roy
i had a really complicated question allan!
Umam K
INDONESIA MANA SUARANYA....
L Deen
Thanks dude, you've really inspired me to take a more agressive learning approach for future learning. Been doing casually for about 4 years now (I'm in highschool) but still trying to keep improving my skills. Thanks for this, you've really helped me develop a plan for the future. Appreciate 'ya!!
Yuvraj Wedding Filmmakers
This video is so helpful!! Thank you so much!
vazak11
Great stuff as always, as to my methods of learning, I am very much a "Do it by trying" type, so I usually follow video examples along, then start, then restart until I get it wright, then try other project, then come back later and try to do the same thing without needing to follow the initial video/guideline specifically.
Robert Kelly
Very good. One thing I've learned recently is once I've read something I take a time out to ask what did I learn and what do I remember and go back over to remind myself. Also Derren Brown once wrote that in order to remember things you must keep them in your long term memory and the best way to do that is by creating images (more exaggerated the better) for one and linking them if its, say, a list of things. Currently doing this in Rich Voss book where, funny enough, I eventually came across you. Cheers
GG SUB
You and andrew is the best teacher on YouTube!! Thks you so much
Barry Allen
i know it is hard to learn these kind of stuffs because of lack of equipment | software, lack of money to buy those equipment and software, example of these lack are in need of better RAM, Graphic Cards must be better. What should we do?
HITESH KUMAR
Thank you sir.... Keep posting videos related to vfx and cgi.... We learn a lot from you.... A big fan of you from India🇮🇳
Adrian Ramirez
This is ridiculously helpful. Some of this I learned the hard way but you opened my eyes to the things that have caused me to go in circles. You're great, keep doing what you're doing
Victor Kironde
Thank you for this. I kept nodding in agreement throughout the video!
Diogo Carrijo
Great insights Allan! Always appreciate your videos!
Nabin sharma
I Love You Sir , You Are My VFX Ideal ( Guru) . Thank You Sir
Iegor Gorodok
Very interesting evolution fo content) I like it!
Rashed Sarwari
this is my procedure for learning 3D for environment and cinamatic look, i set goals, mostly i pick my references from pinterest.com and i try to make the same with some aesthetic look to it by the help of my art director which he lives in japan. your speeches inspire us and helps to rich goals easily i hope someday i work in big companies
eduardo cardona
Cg masters academy and cg spectrum offers vfx houdini and nuke courses but are expensive. . Gnomon looks like a amazing education but it costs 102,000 plus dollars for a bfa degree.