Professional Digital Compositing Essential Tools and Techniques

ISBN-10: 0470452617

ISBN-13: 9780470452615

Edition: 2010

Authors: Lee Lanier

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Fix It in Post is the guide for those left to finish the director's vision for a scene. Author Lee Lanier taps his own experience, as well as the skill sets of dozens of other professionals, to provide the latest techniques for digital compositing on topics such as transformations, plate preparation, rotoscoping, advanced render passes, particle integration, 2.5D painting, HDRI, stereoscopy and more. This book targets the trouble spots for today's digital compositor, who has to know a lot of different techniques with a variety of software in an industry that's constantly changing. It includes professional-level tutorials with support materials from the DVD (scenes, sample bitmaps, image sequences), as well as full-color images to fully embody the techniques. Fix It In Post provides concepts and tactics that can apply to most digital compositing software, and will illustrate key techniques using popular software applications such as After Effects, Combustion, Nuke, Shake, Fusion, and Cineon.
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List price: $39.99
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Limited
Publication date: 12/8/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 480
Size: 8.00" wide x 10.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.838
Language: English

Lee Lanier is a professional animator and instructor who has created digital special effects for such films as Mortal Kombat. He served as a senior animator in the Modeling and Lighting departments on Antz and Shrek and has produced and directed the animated short films Millennium Bug, Mirror, Day Off The Dead, Weapons of Mass Destruction, and 13 Ways to Die at Home. He has taught at several schools, including the Academy of Art University, Art Institute of Las Vegas, and Westwood College Online. His work can be seen at

Setting Up a Composite
Choosing a Color Space
Interpreting Alpha and Creating Mattes
Channel Manipulation
Transformations and Keyframing
Convolution Filters
Masking, Rotoscoping, and Motion Tracking
DI, Color Grading, Noise, and Grain
Integrating Render Passes
Warps, Optical Artifacts, Paint, and Text
Working with 2.5D and 3D
Advanced Techniques
Appendix About the Companion DVD
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