The companies that make the software the VFX industry uses provide personal learning editions/demo versions, or heavily discounted software and video tutorials to help you get started. You don’t need a super computer to run this software – most of what we suggest here will run on a desktop machine. If you are still at school or college, take this opportunity to try things out, see what you enjoy and dip your toe in the VFX water. Here are some examples and they are free.
Nuke is the most widely used compositing software in the industry. You can find The Foundry’s (creators of Nuke) training resources here
Silhouette is used for compositing/2d paint/prep and roto tasks (entry into a compositing/2d career). Find out more here
Matte painters (as well as texture and concept artists and some compositors) use Adobe Photoshop. You can view Adobe’s (creators of Photoshop) tutorials here
We recommend you review the following websites for technology know how, discussion and current trends in the VFX industry: