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Professional Digital Compositing: Essential Tools and Techniques

Professional Digital Compositing: Essential Tools and Techniques
Author: Lee Lanier
ISBN 13: 9780470452615
ISBN 10: 470452617
Edition: 1
Publisher: Sybex
Publication Date: 2009-12-09
Format: Paperback
Pages: 480
List Price: $59.99

Develop career-worthy skills in digital compositing

Professional animator and author Lee Lanier takes you behind the scenes to show you essential digital compositing techniques in this practical guide for professionals and aspiring artists in the visual effects, feature animation, or commercial production industries. Lanier taps his own experience at Walt Disney Studios and PDI/DreamWorks, as well as the skill sets of dozens of other professionals, to provide the latest techniques.

You'll learn important compositing theory, plus critical tools, effects, filters, and nodes in Adobe After Effects and The Foundry Nuke. As a bonus, the book includes interviews with compositing experts from such studios as ILM, Sony Pictures Imageworks, Digital Domain, and a dozen more. If you want to earn a living as a professional digital compositor, start with this detailed guide.

  • Pull clean mattes from bluescreen and greenscreen

  • Learn the mathematical inner workings of filter effects and nodes

  • Apply color theory, color calibration, and color grading to your project

  • Successfully rotoscope, motion track, and matchmove live-action footage

  • Combine CG render passes such as depth, motion vector, UV, and ambient occlusion

  • Set up 2.5D scenes with 3D lights, cameras, and materials

  • Master advanced techniques, including optical flow and stereoscopic 3D

  • Study the approaches taken by the pros through included interviews

The DVD includes After Effects project files, Nuke scripts, video footage, CG renders, texture bitmaps, and digital stills—over a gigabyte of support material in all. (DVD files were created using After Effects CS3 and Nuke 5.1v1.)