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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; Pap/Cdr edition (4 Mar. 2005)
  • Language: English, German
  • ISBN-10: 0782144039
  • ISBN-13: 978-0782144031
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 1.4 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 779,764 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Master the Art and Science of Matchmoving Written by amatchmoving expert, this book is much more than a technical primer. It helps youthink like a pro so that you can find the right solution for your matchmoves, nomatter how tricky. You’ll also find coverage of tasks that commonly gohand–in–hand with matchmoving, along with advice on the contributions you canmake on the set of a live–action shoot. Whether you’re a student orprofessional, Matchmoving: The Invisible Art of Camera Tracking gives youthe knowledge and perspective you need to quickly and successfully solve everymatchmove. Coverage includes: Understandinghow matchmove programs work Perspective matching Getting optimal 2Dtracking data Calibrating/solving cameras Using automatictracking Fitting matchmoves into a CG set Mastering matchamationtechniques Modeling from matchmoves Troubleshooting bad matchmoves Multi–purposing matchmove data

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Tim Dobbert is matchmove supervisor at noted visual effects house The Orphanage. He has worked on such films as Hellboy, Spy Kids 3–D, and The Day After Tomorrow. He also teaches matchmoving at the Art Institute of San Francisco and Expressions Center.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "simon_mck" on 20 April 2005
Format: Paperback
I have some detailed experience of match moving and I recently read this book. I found it very useful, uptodate and relevant. If your interested in this area of work, its a great book.
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Is this the only book on match moving?

I found a lot of helpful tutorials on the internet regarding the many aspects of matchmoving and was looking for something to supplement this as well as help me choose a relevant tracking software. This book has lots of information about all the aspects of matchmoving which may prove unnecessary for someone looking to do a quick track.

Tim Dobbert seems to be the expert in this area with several training Gnomon DVDs covering the same subject.

The book is non-software specific (all though most available softwares have similiar features). It does different sections with the software demos provided on the CD (Boujou, Matchmover Pro, Syntheyes) and the last chapter is on Maya.

A bit of colour would have improved the book no end, especially to highlight important aspects, I find B&W so dull.

The CD comes with some software demos, footage from the chapters so you can practise with your choice of software.

If you're serious about matchmoving then you have to have this book, if it's just a quick match though you'd be better off scouring the internet.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Tim Dobbert is a true master 19 Mar. 2005
By G. Leavitt - Published on
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This is an amazing book. I am a VFX professional and this book has shed a whole new light on the "mystical" art of matchmoving. The veil has finally been lifted!

This book is a must have for both begginers and advanced effects artists. If your new to the visual effects world, then this book will help you understand the very seldom talked about skill of matchmoving. If your a seasoned pro, and rely on a matchmoving department to create your matchmoves, then this book will help you understand what goes into this very time consuming and sometimes very difficult skill.

I have been using matchmoving software for a while, but never really understood what it takes to acheive the best results. This book has helped me re-asses my thought process when it comes to building my shots.

This book is well writen and layed out perfectly. Once I picked it up, I could not put it down.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Its Amazing 1 Oct. 2005
By Priyank - Published on
Format: Paperback
Every page of this book is worth. Whether you are a student or a professional if you are jumping in to the field of matchmoving this book will fulfill your dreams more than you had expected to learn through a book. I am a vfx professional but a starter to this field and was struggling to understand the subject because u wont find many teachers on this subject like other fields of VFX.I was also very uncertain about the material before buying the book because it was the single book available on the subject, but voila it was more than i could have expected. Tim Dobbert is a wonderful teacher, he will make you understand matchmoving like anything, from very basic to quite an advanced level of problem solving techniques, figuring out the problems when matchmove isnt working and the ways to make it work. Twelve chapters are arranged in a class room type lecture, packed with tutorials and the techniques which you can apply literary to any matchmoving software.

Don't think just buy it..........
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
An Industry Staple 24 Oct. 2005
By Ryan A. Thompson - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book is cheap wisdom that might save you its weight in gold on your next complex track. If you're a seasoned artist or even beginner, you may be surprised by the considerations required to produce perfect results. Automatic systems are incredible tools, but you can't always rely on them without a solid understanding of camera and setup. This all-encompassing, step-by-step coverage of matchmoving is a mandatory read for any interested CG artist, producer and / or supervisor.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
A Real Must 3 Aug. 2006
By Storari Massimo - Published on
Format: Paperback
There's a important phrase into the introduction of Tim Dobbert's book, a phrase often told by the author to his own students: << if you've done your job right, non one should ever know you've done your job at all >>. That's the right way to describe the goal of the INVISIBLE ART OF CAMERA TRACKING.

As an INVISIBLE absolute beginner freelancer in vfx here in Italy, where you must know a lot of different pipeline aspects in the production enviroment, I quickly understood the importance of matchmoving in making believable integration between CG elements and live footage.

I found this book very useful to understand what is photogrammetry and briefly to grasp the meaning of what's really happening "under the hood" of a matchmoving software. After several explanations, tutorials and deepenings, Tim shows some interesting troubleshootings and tips, I personally found very useful, which works on every package because they concern how to correct and optimize your footage before matchmoving. Doing so I've been able to solve scenes impossible to track before, and I had the opportunity to make my MATCHING more INVISIBLE. So, if you wanna make your camera tracking more INVISIBLE and your vfx more VISIBLE and NOTICEABLE I suggest you to buy this book it right now!! No regrets!! You bet your boots!!


Massimo Storari

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great for the novice and experienced user. 30 May 2007
By M. Guttman - Published on
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Recently, I started doing matchmove work again, after a two year break. Before starting the new job, I wanted to brush up by reading this book. This is an excellent reference and I wish I had it when I started matchmoving four years ago. For the novice I can not recommend this book enough. For a manual, this book is easy to read and breaks down all aspects of matchmoving in just 250 pages. I did not go over the tutorials on the CD, I am just reviewing the written portion of the book.
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