- Paperback: 264 pages
- Publisher: Focal Press; 1 edition (December 17, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0240809637
- ISBN-13: 978-0240809632
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.8 x 9.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #922,158 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Steve Wright has hit it out of the ballpark again. After his wildly successful book Digital Compositing For Film and Video he tackles digital compositing anew, but this time from the perspectives of the curious beginner all the way to industry professionals. In easy to follow terms he leads the reader through the entire process and techniques used to create blockbuster effects, but makes the journey easy for the lay-person. This is a MUST HAVE book for anyone who wants to know just what is this digital compositing magic."
-- Jeffrey Jasper, VFX Compositor, New Deal Studio (The Good Shepherd, X-Men 3, Pirates of the Caribbean 3)
"Steve Wright is the master of clarity. His new book Compositing Digital Effects is easy on the brain and on the eyes, as he deftly explains fairly complicated computer graphics and digital effects in a way that is so easy to follow, augmented with hundreds of color pictures. It is the perfect textbook for students who are just becoming familiar with computer graphics and filmmaking. I'm excited to begin using it for my animation and special effects courses."
-- Larry Elin, Associate Professor, Television, Radio, Film, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, Syracuse University
"Every time I come out of a conversation with Steve I know a lot more about how visual effects are done than I did before and am more confident that I can handle whatever the movie I'm working on is going to throw at me next. Reading Compositing Visual Effects is nearly as much fun as talking to Wright in person because he writes just like he speaks: entertainingly, concisely and accurately. Now when we can't get him on the phone we can pull him off the shelf."
--George Merkert, Visual Effects Producer (As Good As It Gets, Total Recall, In The Line of Fire, Starship Troopers)
About the Author
Steve Wright is a visual effects compositing veteran with 70 broadcast television commercials and over 60 feature films credits. He's developed video games at Atari, done 3D animations for Robert Abel and Associates, and was senior compositor and 2D technical director at Kodak's Cinesite. Steve is now a freelance, digital-compositing guru, who teaches, trains, writes, and develops on-line training programs.
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What I liked (and am liking) is that it is geared towards more of a primer in the sense of the fundamental operations involved in digital compositing. And ironically, it was also what I did not like. I expected to have a more thorough or at least a methodical approach (not necessarily step-by-step) towards teaching basic compositing principles. That is what the aforementioned book describes. (And I say this based on the Table of Contents.)
So, I give a 5-star review to let people know that if they want to get a handle on "essential" concepts, that is easy to understand and comprehend, then get this book. Even if you have no interest in making movies or working in a VFX field, this will be a fun read to see the tricks the pros build upon to create some truly imaginative results. However, if you know what bluescreen compositing is, multi-plane compositing, premultiplication, etc., then this book might be redundant for you.
Once I'm done with this book, though, I'll be moving onto his other text and will be better prepared to absorb more detailed techniques.
The first edition of the book was a solid introduction to the basic principles of how film and video work and the processes of manipulating them. Things like frame rates, aspect ratios, bit depths, film formats and elementary compositing techniques. Topics you may have a working knowledge of, but don't know the finer points of it all. Wright explains everything at the most basic level, giving us a more solid foundation to build upon.
I can personally say now that knowing the actual math that goes into a certain blending mode is much more helpful than just trying them all out and guessing at which one I should use.
The big additions to this version are sections on planar image tracking and how HDR imaging works (Some of this can also be found in the author's more advanced book Digital Compositing for Film and Video, but it's nice to have an intro here), and whole chapters on stereoscopic 3D compositing, and the workflow needed to take a shot from camera to composite.
"Compositing Visual Effects" is a thorough beginners book. Even if you know the basics of visual effects and image processing, this book will help you know them better.
But I've found a lot of really interesting, useful and sometimes interesting items for myself - VFX Supervisor with 18 years of experience!
Yeah... I know there is the other book, (wich one I buyed too now and i'm seeing it's really much more complicated too.. jaja Digital Compositing for Film and Video, Third Edition). But if you are new in tthe compositing world, or chromaa, after effects, premiere, 3d Programs, whatever in the pixels motion world. THis book Suits you.
I really liked (more than the compositing for films and video, i'm seeing this last one too much complicated... by now...).
and.. eii... there's no DVD... but it's not really necessary in this book... i promise :P