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Adobe® After Effects® 6.5: Studio Techniques by Mark Christiansen

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Chapter 6. Color Keying

Color Keying
 

Juxtaposing a person with an environment that is boundless, collating him with a countless number of people passing by close to him and far away, relating a person to the whole world, that is the meaning of cinema.

 
 --Andrei Tarkovsky (Russian film director)

Color keying is the big lie that somehow manages to kinda, sorta reflect the truth. Someday perhaps, when we have cameras that can perform full 3D scene reconstruction—not just what the lens lays down in a two-dimensional image, but a scan of the full spatial and temporal information of the scene—we'll laugh about the old days when we used to send actors out on to a mostly ...

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