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The Art and Science of Digital Compositing (The Morgan Kaufmann Series in Computer Graphics) Hardcover – 7 Jun 1999

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  • Hardcover: 364 pages
  • Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann; Har/Cdr edition (7 Jun. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0121339602
  • ISBN-13: 978-0121339609
  • Product Dimensions: 24.3 x 18.8 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 149,662 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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Format: Hardcover
The digital compositor has recently received as much acknowledgement and appreciation in his work as the cameraman and director. Never before have there been so many films that have had some subtle or blatantly obvious compositing.
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.
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I work in VFX and was told my many people that this is a must read. It is almost like a bible for anyone working in the industry and after reading it, can understand why it has such high praise. Anyone who is a compositor or interesting in becoming one has to own a copy of this
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I can't recommend this enough - the definitive overview of the subject, from the most basic principles of how we and the camera see the world to in-depth compositing examples from major movies, it's got something for everyone. Even if you already know pretty much all of it, Brinkman's lucid and perfectly laid out overview is packed with fascinating detail, so it's ideal for both practising compositors and anyone who wants to get a broad understanding of the field. As one of the guys who originally developed Shake (but note that the book is not in any way application specific), he really knows what he's talking about from the inside and he's drawn on a wealth of experience from colleagues at the very top of their game.

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.
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I bought this book whilst considering making a career change into the VFX field. I still haven't made that jump, but I found the book a really interesting read. It covered lots of useful topics, and gave me an interesting grounding in the subject. I don't doubt that were I involved in the field, it would be a daily reference manual!
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Clear and concise about what it does and what it doesn't, put simply if you're only going to buy one book on compositing then this is the one to get - even if you have the first edition consider getting this; the layout has been greatly enhanced with the colour coded sections which make it easier to read and more noticeable the colour images which are used to great effect are now easier to understand. Staying away from being a program's manual it instead focuses on the techniques and principles which are always explained simply whilst giving hints and prods as to, artistically, make what you doing a better piece - this book is widely known as the compositors bible, and upon reading it you to will wonder what you did without it.
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This book really is the compositors Bible.
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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