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The Art and Science of Digital Compositing: Techniques for Visual Effects, Animation and Motion Graphics Paperback – May 21 2008
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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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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.
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.
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.
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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I was expecting way more from the book... especially reading all those reviews on the cover of the book... Read morePublished on Sept. 10 2010 by SERGEY BURLAK
This book is a Must-Have if you want to be introduced to the glorious world of compositing. It is also really usefull if you took the VFX101 course with Ron Brickman on [...] . Read morePublished on Dec 11 2009 by Kevin Landry
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... Read morePublished on Oct. 6 2000
This is a wonderful resource. Very detailed. Great insight into many things I never even thought of. Read morePublished on Aug. 22 2000
I especially suggest the chapter: Learning to See. It's really mind-opening. It heals digital mind-set so widely spreaded.Published on July 4 2000 by JB
Ron's book gives not only the basics for upcoming compositors and students, but goes into depth about the various issues that face more experienced compositors as well. Read morePublished on Nov. 29 1999 by AP
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