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Learn the keys to matching CG to live action Matchmoving is a practical skill that can help digital artists get a foot in the studio door. Now you can learn the professional techniques required with this essential guide. Author Tim Dobbert, a veteran in the visual effects industry, has worked on such movies as Avatar and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire , and he passes along years of valuable studio expertise in this fully updated industry standard. You'll quickly start acquiring such technical skills as 2D tracking, 3D calibration, object tracking, what to do on a live-action set, and much more. Learn the fundamentalsmatchmoving concepts and software Discover 2D tracking and how to make every track count Work step by step through each stage of 3D calibration Understand how real cameras work Explore the matchmover's role on a live-action set Do the matchamationmatch your CG character or object to a live-action plate Track the motion of an object seen in the footage Apply matchmove data for painting, compositing, and lighting Examine how 3D movies affect matchmoving Learn how 3D/stereo movies are made and how it affects matchmovers
Tim Dobbert is a layout lead at Industrial Light & Magic in San Francisco and has been in the visual effects industry for over ten years. He has worked as a matchmover and digital artist on over 25 feature films, including Avatar, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides , and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire . In addition to teaching university classes in matchmoving and image-based content creation, he has lectured all over the world on the subject.