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Master the Art and Science of Matchmoving

Written by a matchmoving expert, this book is much more than a technical primer. It helps you think like a pro so that you can find the right solution for your matchmoves, no matter how tricky. You'll also find coverage of tasks that commonly go hand-in-hand with matchmoving, along with advice on the contributions you can make on the set of a live-action shoot. Whether you're a student or professional, Matchmoving: The Invisible Art of Camera Tracking gives you the knowledge and perspective you need to quickly and successfully solve every matchmove.

Coverage includes:

  • Understanding how matchmove programs work
  • Perspective matching
  • Getting optimal 2D tracking data
  • Calibrating/solving cameras
  • Using automatic tracking
  • Fitting matchmoves into a CG set
  • Mastering matchamation techniques
  • Modeling from matchmoves
  • Troubleshooting bad matchmoves
  • Multi-purposing matchmove data
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Editorial Reviews

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Matchmoving is the art of matching CG elements to live-action footage. When done right, it’s invisible -- hence, not glamorous. (Making it a great way to break into the effects industry.) Already a pro? Chances are you’ll be called upon to matchmove at least once in a while, and it’s easy to get in over your head. Now, one of the field’s leading experts teaches all you need to know to do it right: concepts, software, workflow, troubleshooting, and more.

Straight from leading matchmoves on Hellboy, Tim Dobbert illuminates everything from 2D tracking and 3D calibration to set prep and matchamation. The book’s software independent: You can use it with any tool you’re handed. And the CD-ROM’s worksheets, checklists, and reports will make it look like you’ve been doing this for years. Bill Camarda, from the April 2005 Read Only

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780782144031
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/28/2005
  • Series: Wiley Desktop Editions Series
  • Edition description: BK&CD-ROM
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

Tim Dobbert is matchmove supervisor at noted visual effects house The Orphanage. He has worked on such films as Hellboy, Spy Kids 3-D, and The Day After Tomorrow. He also teaches matchmoving at the Art Institute of San Francisco and Expressions Center.

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Table of Contents


Chapter 1: The Basics of Matchmoving.

Chapter 2: Matchmoving Software.

Chapter 3: 2D Tracking.

Chapter 4: 3D Calibration.

Chapter 5: Automatic Tracking.

Chapter 6: Cameras.

Chapter 7: Set Fitting.

Chapter 8: Being on Set.

Chapter 9: Matchamation.

Chapter 10: Troubleshooting and Advanced Techniques.

Chapter 11: Modeling from Matchmoves and Image-Based Modeling.

Chapter 12: Multipurposing Matchmove Data.

Appendix A: Resources.

Appendix B: Matchmoving Software and Useful Links.

Appendix C: Film Formats.



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