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Digital Compositing In Depth ! [Paperback]

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Provides professional compositors, digital compositing software users, students, etc., with a comprehensive reference that includes all the information available on resources for digital compositing. Overview of methods, procedures, and results attainable with various digital compositing software, such as lighting, transitions, rendering optimization, and more. Contains thorough reviews of software packages, plug-ins, and resources relating to digital compositing.


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There is often far more going on in any given frame of a contemporary movie or commercial than meets the eye. In Digital Compositing in Depth, the techniques of both visible and invisible effects are explored and explained.

Obvious visual effects are pervasive in today's broadcast media; less obvious effects like color correction, image stabilization, object removal, and virtual backgrounds are more common than most observers might guess.

And that's exactly the point of Digital Compositing--to educate those not involved in the business, or to broaden the knowledge base of those involved with exposure to other software tools. The book starts and ends with discussions on the business of compositing: what it is, the responsibility of the compositor compared to other team members, and an excellent chapter on how small and large studios are run and how to launch your own studio.

The meat of the book contains a comprehensive set of tutorials varying in complexity, from "Basic Compositing" through "Advanced Compositing" and "Output." They cover both video and film resolution projects. The tutorials use a variety of software, most of which can be found in demo form on one of the two accompanying CDs.

Final compositing is often the last and crucial step in the development cycle of a project, but it usually gets in the limelight least. Digital Compositing in Depth is a valuable eye-opener, and a worthwhile book for anyone involved in video or film post-production. --Mike Caputo



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Pages   650
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.22" Width: 7.46" Height: 1.54"
Weight:   2.88 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 1, 2002
Publisher   Paraglyph
ISBN  1932111549  
ISBN13  9781932111545  


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has it all  Sep 21, 2003
hi,
I teach compositing(after effects,combustion,flame).
I read this book a few years back when i was just starting out and refer it as a MUST READ to all my students.
I wish the author had followed up after this book...woder why he did not :( .
this book is a bit dated but has all the theory and practise you'll eve need.Actually it'll be more than what you need if youre just starting out.

4 stars cause no one or nuthing is perfect.

thanks kelly.

b

 
A very Precise and perhaps Overfocused Reference  Aug 3, 2002
Being relatively new and in self education of digital compositing, this was one of the first books I purchased. Based on the way the context goes, this book will either be your bible or a dust gathering reference on the shelf. For me this was the perfect way to get started and learn exactly and truly in depth on how many different things can be acheived.

However, it may be too precise. Unless you have the high-end programs Commotion, Digital Fusion, or After Effects, this will probably be a waste of your time. The projects it focuses on are very common to the field, but there isn't enough of the creative aspect, or case studies on how problems are fixed. Also, I found it very useful that the book went into how to do each effect in various programs, but others have said this was a relative waste of space.

Overall, the book stretches into every basic realm of the field and career, giving numerous case studies and information to help people develop their demo reels etc.

If you already have a job in the field, or are relatively experience, then this book is a good reference on the basics and common problem solving techniques. For others, this book is good to open your horizons... if you have the right software that is.

I give this book four stars, mainly because of how much it helped me.

 
A very Precise and perhaps Overfocused Reference  Aug 3, 2002
Being relatively new and in self education of digital compositing, this was one of the first books I purchased. Based on the way the context goes, this book will either be your bible or a dust gathering reference on the shelf. For me this was the perfect way to get started and learn exactly and truly in depth on how many different things can be acheived.

However, it may be too precise. Unless you have the high-end programs Commotion, Digital Fusion, or After Effects, this will probably be a waste of your time. The projects it focuses on are very common to the field, but there isn't enough of the creative aspect, or case studies on how problems are fixed. Also, I found it very useful that the book went into how to do each effect in various programs, but others have said this was a relative waste of space.

Overall, the book stretches into every basic realm of the field and career, giving numerous case studies and information to help people develop their demo reels etc.

If you already have a job in the field, or are relatively experience, then this book is a good reference on the basics and common problem solving techniques. For others, this book is good to open your horizons... if you have the right software that is.

I give this book four stars, mainly because of how much it helped me.

 
Spread too thin....  Apr 9, 2001
The title of this book is misleading: There is more *breadth* than actual "depth". This book has the potential of being the digital compositing world's equivalent of Trish and Chris Meyer's "Creating Motion Graphics with After Effects"--An invaluable *practical* bible for its field. Unfortunately, the author wastes way too much space by attempting to appease users of several different compositing applications at once. He tries to explain how to perform each compositing topic in Digital Fusion, Adobe After Effects, Newtek Aura, Nothing Real Shake, Puffin/Pinnacle Commotion, Discreet effect* and Silicon Grail Chalice.

This wouldn't be so bad if it weren't for the fact that a great majority of the time (particularly in regards to Newtek Aura), you are told that if you want to do such-and-such compositing task, you'll need to "use another program" that does because " doesn't support it". It's so recurring that it almost seems like a joke whenever you get to the Newtek Aura section of each tutorial, and the book basically tells you that you're screwed if you want to do that particular compositing task in it.

As other reviewers have mentioned, there is a heavy bias towards Eyeon Digital Fusion in this book. However, even as a heavy After Effects user, I didnt mind this at all, since its the *concepts* and techniques that matter to me more. If you understand these basic concepts, you can apply them to *any* compositing application. This is the book's main virtue. The in-depth discussions of Matchmoving, bluescreening, tracking and "cleanup" are very good, and haven't really been practically discussed at length in any other book, AFAIK. Theres also a lot of good information about the unglamourous side of CGI work--the "business" of selling yourself and getting work.

If the author would have just narrowed his scope, application-wise, this could have been an absolutely killer book. The inclusion of Chalice and Shake in this book are particularly puzzling, since it would seem to me that anyone who is in a position to be actually /using/ these products is already doing high-end film compositing to begin with, and probably wouldn't need a book like this. The fact is that the vast majority of digital compositors who would even *need* a book like this are most likely using more common applications like Digital Fusion, After Effects and Commotion. If this book just concentrated on these apps, more space could be used to discuss each of thier strengths and weaknesses relative to the compositing task at hand, and in the end, it would make for a much more practical and useful book.

All that being said, I still think this book is worth getting if you aren't already a battle-scarred veteran of digital compositing. Just be prepared to wade through a lot of chaff to get to the real useful bits. I would still recommend buying Brinkmann's "The Art and Science of Digital Compositing" first, though. Thats as close to a "bible" as you'll get right now. "Digital Compositing in Depth" is *almost* there....

 
oh good, more old stuff  Jan 17, 2001
Why stop at Lee Stranahan? Why not have doug Kelly review it too? That should bump the # of stars up more.

Like others I agree that this is a digital fusion book. There is way too much space taken up with "get another compositing package" there is page after page of listing what each comp package can't do.

What really killed me was I saw stuff in there from Doug's other books. Let pad out the books with old stuff there Doug. We didn't see enough of that lamp composite in the others.

I would have to say Ron's book is better.

 

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