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Creating Visual Effects in Maya by Lee Lanier

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Chapter 8

Building Reference Models and Motion Tracking with Maya and MatchMover

A large percentage of visual effects work is combined with live-action footage—that is, real-world footage shot with a film or video camera. Such visual effects have the greater challenge of attaining realism. An important part of this challenge involves the matching of moving cameras. If the real-world camera tilts, pans, dollies, or is hand-held, the 3D-generated visual effects must pick up the same camera motion. To determine the camera motion, you can apply motion tracking . Although there are many pieces of software that undertake this task, there are manual ...

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