The Art and Science of Digital Compositing: Techniques for Visual Effects, Animation and Motion Graphics / Edition 2

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Overview

*The classic reference, with over 25,000 copies in print, has been massively expanded and thoroughly updated to include state-of-the-art methods and 400+ all-new full color images! At ILM, compositing is one of the most important tools we use. If you want to learn more, this excellent 2nd-edition is detailed with hundreds of secrets that will help make your comps seamless. For beginners or experts, Ron walks you through the processes of analysis and workflows - linear thinking which will help you become deft and successfully tackle any shot. - Dennis Muren ASC, Senior Visual Effects Supervisor, Industrial Light & Magic Ron Brinkman's book is the definitive work on digital compositing and we have depended on this book as a critical part of our in-house training program at Imageworks since the 1999 Edition. We use this book as a daily textbook and reference for our lighters, compositors and anyone working with digital imagery. It is wonderful to see a new edition being released and it will certainly be required reading for all our digital artists here at Imageworks. - Sande Scoredos, Executive Director of Training & Artist Development, Sony Pictures Imageworks The Art and Science of Digital Compositing is the only complete overview of the technical and artistic nature of digital compositing. It covers a wide range of topics from basic image creation, representation and manipulation, to a look at the visual cues that are necessary to create a believable composite. Designed as an introduction to the field, as well as an authoritative technical reference, this book provides essential information for novices and professionals alike. *17 new case-studies provide in-depth looks at the compositing work done on films such as Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Golden Compass, The Incredibles, King Kong, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Sin City, Spider-Man 2, Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, and Star Wars: Episode 3 - Revenge of the Sith. *Includes new sections on 3D compositing, High Dynamic Range (HDR) imaging, Rotoscoping, and much more!

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*17 new case-studies provide in-depth looks at the compositing work done on films such as Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Golden Compass, The Incredibles, King Kong, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Sin City, Spider-Man 2, Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, and Star Wars: Episode 3 - Revenge of the Sith.

*Includes new sections on 3D compositing, High Dynamic Range (HDR) imaging, Rotoscoping, and much more!

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Visual Effects has become a ridiculously complicated road to travel, but Ron's book manages to straighten it out, pave it, and gently drive you down it with ease.
-Ken Ralston, Senior Visual Effects Supervisor, Sony Pictures Imageworks

An essential reference, The Art and Science of Digital Compositing thoroughly covers the fundamentals that every professional compositor should know.
-John Knoll, Visual Effects Supervisor

Effective digital compositing is critical in almost all visual effects work, and this book acts as a “soup to nuts” reference on the subject. If you need a question answered, this is the book for you – recommended for novices and experts alike!
-Eric Roth, Executive Director, Visual Effects Society

Brinkmann has considerable experience both designing industry-leading VFX software and working at facilities applying this sort of software to create world-leading effects and imagery. It is this experience that makes The Art and Science of Digital Compositing the definitive text for the VFX industry and probably the most widespread book found on the desks of artists at MPC.
-Nick Cannon, Chief Technology Officer, Moving Picture Company

Without digital compositing, we would have no visual effects. This book is the fundamental reference tying the art of visual storytelling to the science of image manipulation through the lens of digital compositing.
-Richard Weinberg, Ph.D., USC School of Cinematic Arts

Ron's book is The Bible for visual effects. As soon as it becomes clear that someone doesn't know what they're talking about, I make them go and read this book before I'll speak with them again.
-Kim Libreri, Vice President, Digital Domain

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780123706386
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science
  • Publication date: 6/4/2008
  • Series: Morgan Kaufmann Series in Computer Graphics Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 704
  • Sales rank: 725,650
  • Product dimensions: 7.54 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 1.49 (d)

Meet the Author

Ron M. Brinkmann has been working in the field of Computer Graphics for over a decade, involved with both hardware and software design, development and use. His primary field of expertise is in visual effects for feature films, and his personal feature-film credits include: Contact, The Ghost and the Darkness, James and the Giant Peach, Die Hard with a Vengeance, Speed, Hideaway, Tall Tale, Last Action Hero, and In the Line of Fire. He has had articles published in a number of magazines, and has lectured on the topics of digital compositing and visual effects in the U.S., Europe, Australia and China.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface
Chapter 1 Introduction to Digital Compositing
Chapter 2 Learning to See
Chapter 3 The Digital Representation of Visual Information
Chapter 4 Basic Image Manipulation
Chapter 5 Basic Image Compositing
Chapter 6 Matte Creation and Manipulation
Chapter 7 Time and Temporal Manipulations
Chapter 8 Image tracking and Stabilization
Chapter 9 Interface Interactions
Chapter 10 Formats: Media, Resolution, and Aspect Ratios
Chapter 11 Quality and Efficiency
Chapter 12 Creating Elements
Chapter 13 Additional Integration Techniques
Chapter 14 Advanced and Related Topics
Chapter 15 Case Studies
Appendix A Digital Compositing Software: Tools and Features
Appendix B Digital Image File Formats
Appendix C Common Film and Video Formats
Bibliography
Glossary
Index
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