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VFX Fundamentals

Visual Special Effects Using Fusion 8.0

Authors: Jackson, Wallace

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  • A unique compact book on new digital video effects (VFX)
  • Uses the popular and now free Fusion design tool
  • Understand what goes into VFX production and its data optimization 
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About this book

Learn concepts central to visual special effects using the free Black Magic Design Fusion 8.0 software package. This book also provides foundational background information regarding concepts central to digital image compositing, digital video editing, digital illustration, digital painting, 3D, and digital audio in the first six chapters on new media theory, concepts and terminology. This book builds on the foundational concepts of digital image compositing, digital audio, digital video, digital illustration and digital painting. 

VFX Fundamentals introduces more advanced VFX concepts and pipelines as the chapters progress, covering topics such as flow node compositing, timeline animation, animated polyline masking, bluescreen and greenscreen matte pulling (generation), using Primatte and Fusion 8 Ultra Keyer, motion tracking, 3D rendering and compositing, auxiliary channels, and particle systems and particle physics dynamics, among other topics.

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What You'll Learn
  • See the new media components (raster, vector, audio, video, rendering) needed for VFX
  • Discover the concepts behind the VFX content production workflow
  • Install and utilize Black Magic Design Fusion 8 and its Visual Programming Language
  • Master the concepts behind resolution, aspect ratio, bit-rate, color depth, layers, alpha, and masking
  • Work with 2D VFX concepts such as animated masking, matte pulling (Primatte V) and motion tracking
  • Harness 3D VFX concepts such as 3D geometry, materials, lighting, animation and auxiliary channels
  • Use advanced VFX concepts such as particle systems animation using real-world physics (forces) 

Who This Book Is For
SFX artists, VFX artists, video editors, website developers, filmmakers, 2D and 3D animators, digital signage producers, e-learning content creators, game developers, multimedia producers.

About the authors

Wallace Jackson has been writing for leading multimedia publications about his work in new media content development since the advent of Multimedia Producer Magazine nearly two decades ago, when he wrote about computer processor architectures for centerfolds (removable "mini-issue" insert) distributed at SIGGRAPH. Since then, Wallace has written for several other publications about his work in interactive 3D and new media advertising campaign design, including 3D Artist,Desktop Publishers Journal, CrossMedia, AVvideo and Kiosk Magazine.

Table of contents (20 chapters)

  • Visual Effects: Set Up Your VFX Content Development Workstation

    Jackson, Wallace

    Pages 1-11

  • The Foundation of Raster for VFX: Pixels, Color, and Alpha

    Jackson, Wallace

    Pages 13-25

  • The Foundation of Motion for VFX: Frames and Codecs

    Jackson, Wallace

    Pages 27-35

  • The Foundation of Audio for VFX: MIDI, Wave, and Sample

    Jackson, Wallace

    Pages 37-46

  • The Foundation of 2D Vector for VFX: Point, Path, and SVG

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    Pages 47-58

Buy this book

eBook $19.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-4842-2131-0
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $29.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-4842-2130-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
VFX Fundamentals
Book Subtitle
Visual Special Effects Using Fusion 8.0
Authors
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Apress
Copyright Holder
Wallace Jackson
Distribution Rights
Standard Apress distro
eBook ISBN
978-1-4842-2131-0
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4842-2131-0
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4842-2130-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIV, 322
Number of Illustrations and Tables
250 illustrations in colour
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