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[digital] Visual Effects and Compositing by Jon Gress

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Chapter 3. Rotoscoping, Motion Tracking, and 2D Matchmoving

In addition to selections, extractions, cloning, and compositing, the other three most important skills in a visual effects artist’s arsenal—which you will need to understand and become proficient with—are rotoscoping, motion tracking, and matchmoving. Rotoscoping allows us to very accurately modify frames of a sequence or animation on a frame-by-frame-accurate basis. By motion tracking footage, we can precisely follow the motion of a subject in frame, or the sequence as a whole, and then do a wide variety of things with the tracking data we obtain—everything from attaching a 2D or 3D object and stabilizing and destabilizing the image, to semi-automating our roto, paint, or cloning work. ...

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