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Steve's Books & Compositing Training Products

For those that like to own their own books and DVD's, Steve has produced some "must have" products. A prolific and entertaining writer, Steve has captured the art and science of digital compositing in two highly informative books. His first book is an in-depth text on compositing and is now available in its third edition. His newest book is an introductory look at visual effects compositing.

Steve is a recognized expert on Apple's Shake compositing program and has produced a top quality training DVD that you can use for self-paced learning. Shake is a powerful feature film visual effects compositing program used by such prestigious visual effects facilities as Weta Digital in New Zealand and Rainmaker in Canada.

Steve Wright's VFX training courses and class listings!

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Digital compositing is both an art and a science and Steve's books reveal both aspects of this exciting branch of visual effects. Highly readable and exceptionally informative, you will find yourself referring back to them again and again. See which one best fits your needs here.

 
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Digital Compositing for Film and Video, 2nd Edition, Focal Press

"Digital Compositing for Film and Video" 3rd Edition - Now Available!

A very popular book on the theory and practice of digital compositing. This book has become a steady machine-side companion for even the most serious compositors because it contains encyclopedic knowledge of digital compositing plus it addresses real world production problems and provides their solutions. Newly added material on 3D compositing, strereoscopic compositing, muli-pass CGI compositing plus a bonus section - "A 3D Primer" for non-3D artists. It comes complete with a DVD containing 4 GBytes of project media that go along with 80 carefully crafted production exercises and 7 new QuickTime videos. Available now in stores and on Amazon.com.

"The Compositor's Bible!"
- Jeffrey Jasper, Digital Compositor
New Deal Studios

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Compositing Visual Effects: Essentials for the Aspiring Artist, Focal Press

"Compositing Visual Effects: Essentials for the Aspring Artist"

An introductory book on digital compositing for visual effects that is designed specifically for newcomers to the industry. This book is digital compositing lite, designed to be fun and easy to read, yet full of essential information and concepts for those new to the industry, those thinking about getting into it, or production professionals like directors and DP's that just want to understand what digital compositing is all about because it affects their productions. Available now on Amazon.com.

Taylor and Francis has moved the web site and their re-direct does not work. You can find the book's resources here:

http://www.routledge.com/cw/wright-9780240817811/p/resources/

"I'm excited to begin using it for
my animation & special effects courses."

- Larry Elin, Associate Professor, Television, Radio, Film
S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, Syracuse University

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Digital Compositing for Film and Video, 1st Edition in Spansih  

"Digital Compositing for Film and Video," 1st Edition in Spanish

"Digital Compositing for Film and Video" was so well received that it was translated by the Escuela de Cine y Video for the Spanish speaking market.

Es una guía de orientación, práctica y metódica que se ocupa de los problemas y las difíciles decisiones que ha de afrontar el ingeniero profesional de composiciones en situaciones reales. Detalla técnicas, trucos y soluciones para mejorar los elementos mal rodados de una escena, las distorsiones del color y la iluminación inapropiada que hacen la vida imposible a los profesionales de la composición.

Autor: Steve Wright

"Efectos Digitales en Cine y Video" may be purchased through Escuela de Cine y Video.

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Shake features node-based compositing, which is the workflow paradigm adopted by all of the other serious visual effects compositing programs such as Combustion, Digital Fusion, and Nuke. View a Quicktime movie that demonstrates the advantages of node-based compositing with Shake. Once you can demonstrate proficiency with Shake, any prospective employer will believe that you can master any brand of node-based compositor. Not so with Adobe After Effects, a layer-based compositing program designed for motion graphics, not for compositing complex visual effects shots. The Shake tutorials come complete with project files so that when you finish the course you will be ready to take on the most challenging visual effects shots.

   

Shake 4.1 DVD Training Program

Want to move up from After Effects, but you've never used a node-based package before? "Shake 4.1 Essentials" is available on DVD from Amazon.com for only $99.95. It is designed for those that wish to learn Shake (node-based) compositing and gain proficiency with its GUI, nodes, and compositing workflow. It consists of 120 QuickTime movies totaling 13.25 hours of tutorials complete with project files. You can own all of the QuickTime movies and project files so you can refer back to them at your leisure as many times as you want. You don't need an Internet connection and you can take the DVD with you when you travel or work. Also available as online movies from Lynda.com, a world leader in on-line training. Combining this DVD with a downloadable trail version of Shake below is an incredibly cost effective way to learn Shake and node-based compositing.

 

Download a trial version of Shake 4.1

Download your FREE 30-day trial version of Shake 4.1 compositing software today!  
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80 FREE Production Exercises

 

"Digital Compositing for Film & Video" - 80 Free Production Exercises

 

For digital artists that would like hands-on experience with the techniques used to create 2D digital effects, Steve has prepared a spectacular set of 80 real-world production exercises. These exercises are designed specifically to work right alongside of the second and third editions of his very popular book "Digital Compositing for Film and Video" (above). As you complete a section in the book, a little DVD icon will tell you when there is a production exercise for that section. Just go to the production exercises website where you will find step-by-step procedures that use the information you just learned in the book along with the images on the DVD to create digital effects and solve production problems. But don't forget, you will need the the book (2nd or 3rd edition) to make it all work.

Preview the 80 FREE Production Exercises!

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