Professional Digital Compositing
Essential Tools and Techniques
By Lee Lanier
Publisher: Wiley / Sybex
Final Release Date: December 2009
Pages: 416

Develop career-worthy skills in digital compositing

Professional animator and author Lee Lanier takes you behind thescenes to show you essential digital compositing techniques in thispractical guide for professionals and aspiring artists in thevisual effects, feature animation, or commercial productionindustries. Lanier taps his own experience at Walt Disney Studiosand PDI/DreamWorks, as well as the skill sets of dozens of otherprofessionals, to provide the latest techniques.

You'll learn important compositing theory, plus critical tools,effects, filters, and nodes in Adobe After Effects and The FoundryNuke. As a bonus, the book includes interviews with compositingexperts from such studios as ILM, Sony Pictures Imageworks, DigitalDomain, and a dozen more. If you want to earn a living as aprofessional digital compositor, start with this detailedguide.

  • Pull clean mattes from bluescreen and greenscreen
  • Learn the mathematical inner workings of filter effects andnodes
  • Apply color theory, color calibration, and color grading toyour project
  • Successfully rotoscope, motion track, and matchmove live-actionfootage
  • Combine CG render passes such as depth, motion vector, UV, andambient occlusion
  • Set up 2.5D scenes with 3D lights, cameras, and materials
  • Master advanced techniques, including optical flow andstereoscopic 3D
  • Study the approaches taken by the pros through includedinterviews

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

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