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The Art and Science of Digital Compositing: Techniques for Visual Effects, Animation and Motion Graphics [Paperback]

Ron Brinkmann
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May 21 2008 0123706386 978-0123706386 2

*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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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

About 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Art and Science of Digital Compositing Nov. 17 2002
Format:Hardcover
this book is a very good overall explanation of digital compositing, it is packged with information.
but please note that this is not a tutorial/workbook type of book, if you are looking for exercises recreating special effects you need to look elsewhere, but on the other hand if you are looking for a thorough insight into what is 'really' going on (which can often be the difference when saving an effects) then this is for you, you will know about cineon, lin/log colourspace, pre/unpre-multiplied images etc.
great book!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the best book on computer graphics Jan. 4 2002
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
This is THE reference book if you have anything to do with creating or manipulating images in a digital environment.
It starts by explaining the very basics and later goes into really complicated topics, not only explaining techniques but also telling you WHY something is done a certain way.
Very good read for everyone, beginners, pros and experts.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The textbook for compositers Dec 20 2001
Format:Hardcover
This was our assigned textbook for a course I took in digital effects. The author has created a book with techniques and info that are not likely to become dated anytime soon, which is a good thing, but to do this he had to completely avoid application specific information. So the book will work regardless of your preference of software, but this can be frustrating too. Many times I wanted him to confirm that the tool he was describing was 'just like the ______ tool in Photoshop.' Overall the book is solid, what it really is, is a book of compositing techniques that are universal. How and why to achieve certain things.
There are chapters on motion tracking, matte creation, formats & aspect ratios. Sections on lighting, shadows, atmosphere, curve editing. There's a interesting 'case studies' section in the back, which breaks down and explain certain composites from movies like Titanic, Star Trek, Independance Day, and a few others. Definately a worthwhile book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Irreplacealble March 27 2001
By miguel
Format:Hardcover
Irreplaceable and amazing. It discuss about the digital issues with a very logical and accurate explanation (stills and video). If you want to get the digital process at the whole part, you must buy this book. If you are busy or anxious to do things to show, probably, this book will disappoint you. But the basics gives you the keys to do great things. I rather recommend this book. Sorry for my english.
Impresionante. Trata de los sistemas digitales con mucha precisión y mucha lógica desde los conceptos más elementales. Si quieres comprender el proceso digital totalmente, entonces, debes comprar este libro. Si estás ansioso por hacer cosas interesantes para enseñar de manera inmediata, entonces, puede que este libro te decepcione. Pero las bases te dan las pautas para hacer grandes cosas y para COMPRENDER, que es de lo que se trata. Recomiendo este libro encarecidamente.
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Format:Hardcover
In-Depth and Professionally Oriented, Brinkman's book explains all the key concepts of compositing, in an approachable way that will be useful for users of any brand of compositing software. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants a solid introduction to the field of professional compositing for film and television effects.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Book! Aug. 23 2000
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
This is a wonderful resource. Very detailed. Great insight into many things I never even thought of. A must read for anyone involved in digital graphics, compositing and the like.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is a gem July 4 2000
By JB
Format:Hardcover
I especially suggest the chapter: Learning to See. It's really mind-opening. It heals digital mind-set so widely spreaded.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for beginners and intermediates July 3 2000
Format:Hardcover
I found this book of good use. Although I knew a lot of the stuff, it still gave me more brain food. This book cuts through all the incorrect jargon and explanations that exist in the industry. I was expecting it to go more in depth however. Maybe this will be the second book's aim. The CD-Rom is a waste though. It just has the pics that are in the book.
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