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Digital Compositing for Film and Video from Focal Press is a practical, hands-on guide that addresses the problems and difficult choices that professional compositors face on a daily basis. In the book, author Steve Wright presents you with tips, techniques, and solutions for dealing with badly shot elements, color artifacts, mismatched lighting ,and other commonly-faced compositing obstacles. Practical, in-depth lessons are featured for bluescreen matte extraction, despill operations, compositing operations, as well as color correction. The book is presented entirely in an non application-specific manner, allowing you to apply lessons learned to your compositing regardless of the software application you are using. An included DVD contains before and after examples as well as exercise files for you to refine your own techniques on.
New to the 3rd edition is a chapter entitled 'CGI Compositing Techniques', covering how the modern CGI production pipeline is now pushing many tasks that used to be done in the 3D department into the compositing department. Technological changes that have occurred between now and the publication of the 2nd edition are also covered, as well as new media on the DVD and corresponding lessons within the book.
Table of Contents
Introduction Pulling Mattes Refining Mattes Despill The Composite Lighting Camera Action Gamma Video Film Log v. Linear Working with Log Images CGI Compositing Techniques
About the Author
Steve Wright is a visual effects compositing veteran with 70 broadcast television commercials and over 60 feature films credits. He's developed video games at Atari, done 3D animations for Robert Abel and Associates, and was senior compositor and 2D technical director at Kodak's Cinesite. Steve is now a freelance, digital-compositing guru, who teaches, trains, writes, and develops on-line training programs.
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Focal Press Book: Digital Compositing for Film and Video (3rd Edition)