Masters of Visual Effects, LLC has released the first two series of Mastersof Visual Effects training videos. The series' offer an overview of visualeffect that artists, producers, and filmmakers, whether novice orprofessional, will benefit from. The first series, entitled "Introductionto Visual Effects," covers introductory concepts in visual effects such asvisual effects cues, film and video as digital images, commercial postproduction basics, pre-visualization and offline editing. The secondseries, entitled "2D Compositing," covers image processing, imagecombination, rotoscoping, 2D painting, tracking, and keying matte creation.Series 3 & 4 cover 3D animation and advanced concepts but will not beavailable until August. Among the experts who host the tapes are John Knoll(STAR WARS EPISODE ONE, MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE, STAR TREK: FIRST CONTACT),Scott Squires (STAR WARS EPISODE ONE, STARSHIP TROOPERS, THE MASK), RonBrinkmann (CONTACT, JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH, SPEED), Eric Chavin (STARTREK: VOYAGER, THE X-FILES, BABYLON 5). For more information visitwww.mastersvfx.com or call Puffin Designs at (415) 331-4560.