From the Back Cover
Master the art and technique of blue and greenscreen compositing with this comprehensive how-to course in creating effective and realistic composited scenes in video formats. Written for the video professional, this book will introduce you to the arcane field of special effects compositing with clear explanations of the mechanics of the technology and the craft of creating a visual that "works" convincingly.
Learn how the different types of keying techniques work and get a practical understanding of the processes for:
* Motion and non-motion compositing solutions
* Setting up a chroma key studio
* Lighting techniques
* Costuming and art design for color-based compositing
* Reconciling different video color sample schemes
* Creating background plates and mattes
* Fixing it in post
* Live keying with a production switcher (SEG)
Detailed tutorials demonstrate the techniques for using each of the major software keyers. Software applications profiled include After Effects and Apple's Shake and other software that operate on Windows or Max OSX.
About the Author
John Jackman is an award-winning independent director and producer who has been involved in dramatic and video production since the mid-seventies. Widely regarded as an authority on digital production techniques, John has been a contributing editor to DV Magazine, and has taught workshops for NAB, the American Film Institute (AFI), Digital Video Expo, the Library of Congress, along with various film schools, colleges, and university programs.