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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 3 edition (4 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 024081309X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240813097
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 19 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 213,712 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Steve Wright is a visual effects compositing veteran with 70 broadcast television commercials and over 60 feature films credits. He's developed video games at Atari, done 3D animations for Robert Abel and Associates, and was senior compositor and 2D technical director at Kodak's Cinesite. Steve is now a freelance, digital-compositing guru, who teaches, trains, writes, and develops on-line training programs.

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* What is Digital Compositing, anyway?
** A Look at the Third Edition.
*** Highlights.
**** Conclusion.

* In short, "Digital Compositing," is from author Steve Wright's standpoint, "to take images from a variety of different sources and combine them in such a way that they appear to have been shot at the same time, under the same lighting conditions with the same camera."

Although the book, in scope, pertains to the subject of mixing and editing of various footages, the weight of this book is squarely focused on the color correction aspect of digital and film footage in Special Effects editing.

** The 3rd Ed. is a 500-page "Classroom-In-A-Book." The book is both in theory and in practice and is accompanied by a 4 GB DVD-ROM with movie, jpg and film scan files (.dpx). It is stated that this book is for intermediate to advance (or experienced) students, but I'd venture to say that this book is solely for geared for those seeking to enter into to this highly specialized aspect of film editing or to those who want a more advanced text to draw upon, because it will take some time to absorb the high quality and specialized layout of this thesis. This book is, by no means, a joke. There is an education to be obtained from within these pages.

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Ch. 1 Introduction. Stereo- / Multi-pass CGI-/ 3D Compositing. Photoshop/ Flowgraphs.
Ch. 2 Pullin Mattes. Luma-Key/ Chroma-Key/ Bump. Extracting/Scaling/Refining & Leveling.
Ch. 3 Refining Mattes. The Monitor/ Garbage and Filtering.
Ch. 4 Despill. The Despill Operation/ Artifacts/ Algorithms. Refining and Unspill Operations.
Ch. 5 The Composite. The Processed Foreground Method. The Add-Mix Composite.
Ch. 6 CGI Compositing. Pre-/Unpremultiply.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Francesco Rossi on 5 Jan. 2011
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This is a sequel of Steve Wright books, updated with new standards.
I had the previous and moved to this edition to keep me up to date. The book is easy to read and to understand.
If you are a beginner in compositing, this is a very recommended book for you, but I also recommend it to professional compositor as it can add to your workflow some good tips & tricks.
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This book is a good read for people studying or interested in compositing. It gives theories, examples with flow graph charts and images, as well as industry insider's tips. We use this in my VFX course and it really does help understand why certain things are done in that way for what reasons. Each chapters are broken down into details (check the content list). It isn't super in-depth, but it's a good handbook for getting the basic knowledge. (My tutor said it's the best book for compositing) "Compositing visual effects: essentials for the aspiring artist" by the same author is the next level read (more focused and in depth)
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product cam promptly and as expected good quality - good work!
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Just what daughter needed for degree.
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