The Art and Science of Digital Compositing (The Morgan Kaufmann Series in Computer Graphics) Hardcover – 7 Jun 1999
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Digital compositing, defined here as "the digitally manipulated combination of at least two source images to produce an integrated result", is a huge field incorporating 2-D and 3-D still and animated artwork. The Art and Science of Digital Compositing homes in on a specific area--visual effects in film, multimedia and commercials--and expands on it in a highly precise and technical fashion. The author, Ron Brinkman, has applied his expertise to many projects, including such feature films as James and the Giant Peach and Die Hard.
Here he teaches aspiring film, video and multimedia artists how to create mattes; manipulate time; track, view, and analyse images; work with various film and video formats and understand the issues of quality versus efficiency. Brinkman concentrates on improving what you've put together by manipulating colour, brightness, perspective, lighting, cameras and more. You can apply much of the introductory information-- resolution, bit depth, compression, colour and geometric manipulations--to simple image-compositing projects. But then you're off into Hollywood territory, though the tone is one of serious insight, not whimsical observation. This is essentially a textbook for people who are looking for an in-depth discussion of technology for advanced animation production. As such, it does an excellent job. --Kathleen Caster, amazon.com
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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Although compositing is only part of the production process it is however a vast and often complex area to get to grips with. Ron Brinkman has very delicately taken the major processes of compositing and broken them down into easy to understand steps, which often go in to great depth and therefore lead to a good understanding of all the processes and techniques involved. With his great experience he has passed on some fundamental tips and examples. Sometimes I felt that there should be a few more illustrations and images to explain some of the processes but generally there are clear and precise explanations.
A world of warning, I would not recommend this book to those who do not have a basic knowledge of digital imagery. As the cover suggests, there is a degree of science involved! As a experience compositor myself, I would however recommend it as a great companion for those who want to learn or are quite experienced in compositing.
He writes simply and well about even the most complicated stuff. It's a book every compositor will want to have and keep handy - the excellent structure means it's a great work of reference.
My only reservation is that for me I could have done with more detailed discussion of the "techniques" of the title, as apart from the specific movie examples at the end of the book (which are written up by the teams that executed those individual projects rather than Brinkman himself and are of varying usefulness), it's much more a work of theory and principles than it is of specifics. This new edition is pretty much right up to date but the author is the first to admit that it's an incredibly rapidly evolving discipline. All in all, well worth the investment.
Everything is in here.
It won't give you a tutorial a copy.
But it will give you real understanding to the methods and terminology.
It's a huge high quality book.
This isn't a pick up and read, but it's a book to reference from and read sections that you need help with.
If you want to be a compositor, you need this.
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I bought this book for my son who is doing tv and film production at college. He couldn't put it down and read it from cover to cover. Read morePublished on 3 Mar. 2013 by J. Littlewood
All good everything as it was said. + + + + + + + + + + + + +Published on 9 Dec. 2012 by Kristian Liven
This is an brilliant book which is pretty future proof. It has great content on techniques used, and lots of case studies including scenes from Star Wars, Titanic,and lots morePublished on 26 July 2011 by D. Orchard
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