The Art of 3D

Computer Animation and Effects

Author: Isaac V. Kerlow

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9780471430360

Category: Architecture

Page: 451

View: 8488

An updated, richly illustrated guide to creating 3D animation and special effects offers a step-by-step approach to the latest artistic and technical 3D animation techniques, taking readers through the entire process of creating a fully rendered 3D computer animation on any computer platform and covering such topics as multiple production pipelines, motion capture, image-based rendering, and more. Original. (Intermediate)

Lighting for Animation

The Art of Visual Storytelling

Author: Jasmine Katatikarn,Michael Tanzillo

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 1317699939

Category: Art

Page: 272

View: 9239

Lighting for Animation?is designed with one goal in mind - to make you a better artist. Over the course of the book, Jasmine Katatikarn and Michael Tanzillo (Senior Lighting TDs, Blue Sky Studios) will train your eye to analyze your work more critically, and teach you approaches and techniques to improve your craft. Focusing on the main philosophies and core concepts utilized by industry professionals, this book builds the foundation for a successful career as a lighting artist in visual effects and computer animation. Inside you’ll find in-depth instruction on: ? • Creating mood and storytelling through lighting • Using light to create visual shaping • Directing the viewer’s eye with light and color • Gathering and utilizing reference images • Successfully lighting and rendering workflows • Render layers and how they can be used most effectively • Specific lighting scenarios, including character lighting, environment lighting, and lighting an animated sequence • Material properties and their work with lighting • Compositing techniques essential for a lighter • A guide on how to start your career and achieve success as a lighting artist ? This book is not designed to teach software packages—there are websites, instructional manuals, online demos, and traditional courses available to teach you how to operate specific computer programs.? That type of training will teach you how to create an image; this book will teach you the technical skills you need to make that image beautiful.?

The art of 3-D

computer animation and imaging

Author: Isaac Victor Kerlow

Publisher: Wiley

ISBN: N.A

Category: Computers

Page: 434

View: 6308

The complete state-of-the-art guide to 3-D computer animation and imaging. Essential for visual effects production, computer games,online interactive multimedia, and more! Incorporating the latest computer animation techniques and technology, this outstanding guide offers clear step-by-step coverage of the entire process of creating a fully rendered 3-D computer still image or animation from modeling and rendering to animation and compositing. Designed to work with any computer platform, the book cuts through the technical jargon and features hundreds of inspiring color images and easy-to-understand instructive diagrams many of them new from visual effects in movies, animated films, TV shows, and computer games. This edition has been fully revised and updated, including new material on the latest character and facial animation techniques and an overview of the digital production process, plus information on subdivision surfaces, image-based rendering, motion capture, and other current techniques. Whether you are a student, an independent artist or creator, or a production company team member, you'll find countless expert tips on how to improve the artistic and technical level of your 3-D computer animation. * Non-platform specific * 500 full-color images * Newest computer techniques * Practical, step-by-step approach * Up-to-date guide to Internet resources.

3D Animation Essentials

Author: Andy Beane

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118239059

Category: Computers

Page: 352

View: 8639

The essential fundamentals of 3D animation for aspiring 3D artists 3D is everywhere--video games, movie and television special effects, mobile devices, etc. Many aspiring artists and animators have grown up with 3D and computers, and naturally gravitate to this field as their area of interest. Bringing a blend of studio and classroom experience to offer you thorough coverage of the 3D animation industry, this must-have book shows you what it takes to create compelling and realistic 3D imagery. Serves as the first step to understanding the language of 3D and computer graphics (CG) Covers 3D animation basics: pre-production, modeling, animation, rendering, and post-production Dissects core 3D concepts including design, film, video, and games Examines what artistic and technical skills are needed to succeed in the industry Offers helpful real-world scenarios and informative interviews with key educators and studio and industry professionals Whether you're considering a career in as a 3D artist or simply wish to expand your understanding of general CG principles, this book will give you a great overview and knowledge of core 3D Animation concepts and the industry.

Guide to Computer Animation

For Tv, Games, Multimedia and Web

Author: Marcia Kuperberg

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 1136134867

Category: Art

Page: 264

View: 6017

Any questions you have about 2D or 3D animation in this new digital age are answered in this comprehensive guide for all budding digital animators, games artists and media production students. It is lavishly illustrated with inspirational colour throughout to show you what you can achieve. Whether you want to create moving digital imagery for TV, computer games, or new media you need to understand the production and creative processes, the constraints of each and how they fit together. Ensure you have all you need at your fingertips to compete in this fast-moving arena with this unique book and web package. www.guide2computeranimation.com provides the moving imagery outcomes of some of the animation discussed in the case studies chapter, where top FrameStore-CRC and 3 Ring Circus creatives give you their invaluable behind the scenes perspectives. In addition there are non-software specific 3D tutorials and direct links to a comprehensive range of related websites with further downloadable resources to make sure you stay up-to-date. Marcia Kuperberg is Deputy Head of the School of Media, Arts & Technology, West Herts College, UK. Contributions are also included from Martin Bowman, Rob Manton and Alan Peacock.

Understanding Motion Capture for Computer Animation

Author: Alberto Menache

Publisher: Elsevier

ISBN: 9780123814975

Category: Computers

Page: 276

View: 2136

Understanding Motion Capture for Computer Animation discusses the latest technology developments in digital design, film, games, medicine, sports, and security engineering. Motion capture records a live-motion event and translates it into a digital context. It is the technology that converts a live performance into a digital performance. In contrast, performance animation is the actual performance that brings life to the character, even without using technology. If motion capture is the collection of data that represents motion, performance animation is the character that a performer represents. The book offers extensive information about motion capture. It includes state-of-the-art technology, methodology, and developments in the current motion-capture industry. In particular, the different ways to capture motions are discussed, including using cameras or electromagnetic fields in tracking a group of sensors. This book will be useful for students taking a course about digital filming, as well as for anyone who is interested in this topic. Completely revised to include almost 40% new content with emphasis on RF and Facial Motion Capture Systems Describes all the mathematical principles associated with motion capture and 3D character mechanics Helps you budget by explaining the costs associated with individualized motion capture projects

Computer Animation

Algorithms and Techniques

Author: Rick Parent

Publisher: Newnes

ISBN: 0124159737

Category: Computers

Page: 542

View: 3435

Driven by demand from the entertainment industry for better and more realistic animation, technology continues to evolve and improve. The algorithms and techniques behind this technology are the foundation of this comprehensive book, which is written to teach you the fundamentals of animation programming. In this third edition, the most current techniques are covered along with the theory and high-level computation that have earned the book a reputation as the best technically-oriented animation resource. Key topics such as fluids, hair, and crowd animation have been expanded, and extensive new coverage of clothes and cloth has been added. New material on simulation provides a more diverse look at this important area and more example animations and chapter projects and exercises are included. Additionally, spline coverage has been expanded and new video compression and formats (e.g., iTunes) are covered. Includes companion site with contemporary animation examples drawn from research and entertainment, sample animations, and example code Describes the key mathematical and algorithmic foundations of animation that provide you with a deep understanding and control of technique Expanded and new coverage of key topics including: fluids and clouds, cloth and clothes, hair, and crowd animation Explains the algorithms used for path following, hierarchical kinematic modelling, rigid body dynamics, flocking behaviour, particle systems, collision detection, and more

The Art and Science of Digital Compositing

Author: Ron Brinkmann

Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann

ISBN: 9780121339609

Category: Computers

Page: 364

View: 9690

The digital compositing process is being applied in many diverse fields from Hollywood to corporate projects. Featuring over 30 pages of color, this tutorial/reference.provides a complete overview of the technical and artistic skills necessary to undertake a digital composition project. The CD-ROM contains composition examples, illustrations, and development software.

Elemental Magic

The Art of Special Effects Animation

Author: Joseph Gilland

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 1136137254

Category: Art

Page: 328

View: 6299

Create amazing animated effects such as fiery blazes, rippling water, and magical transformations. Animation guru Joseph Gilland breaks down the world of special effects animation with clear step-by-step diagrams and explanations on how to create the amazing and compelling images you see on the big screen. 'Elemental Magic' is jam-packed with rich, original illustrations from the author himself which help explain and illuminate the technique, philosophy, and approach behind classical hand drawn animated effects and how to apply these skills to your digital projects.

The animator's guide to 2d computer animation

Author: Hedley Griffin

Publisher: Butterworth-Heinemann

ISBN: N.A

Category: Computers

Page: 167

View: 4493

Written from an animator's point of view, this guide introduces readers to working with new computer animation systems. Includes all major techniques, from scanning drawings to image processing, coloring, adding backgrounds and shadows, and more. Covers leading software including Anima and Toonz, and the included CD-ROM contains animation clips and demo software.

3D Animation for the Raw Beginner Using Maya

Author: Roger King

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 1439852642

Category: Computers

Page: 486

View: 6644

Each chapter of 3D Animation for the Raw Beginner Using Maya introduces critical aspects of the 3D animation process and presents clear and concise tutorials that link key concepts to practical Autodesk® Maya® techniques. Providing a principles-based, yet pragmatic, approach to 3D animation, this first-of-its-kind book: Describes the process for creating animated projects in a nonmathematical fashion Explains why—and not just how—to apply Maya techniques in the real world Includes access to a dedicated Web site, http://3dbybuzz.com, featuring useful videos, lessons, and updates 3D Animation for the Raw Beginner Using Maya is an ideal academic textbook as well as a superlative do-it-yourself training manual. When employed as a text, it frees the instructor from the painstaking task of developing step-by-step examples to present Maya’s complex interface and basic capabilities. When used for individual study, aspiring animators revel in the book’s easy-to-follow, hands-on learning style. Make 3D Animation for the Raw Beginner Using Maya your book of choice for understanding the essential theory and practice of 3D animation.

3D Art Essentials

Author: Ami Chopine

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 113613221X

Category: Art

Page: 288

View: 4891

Create high-quality 3D animations and models by using the basic concepts and principles of 3D art presented by GeekAtPlay.com's Ami Chopine. This handy studio reference breaks down the core concepts into easy-to-understand segments and teaches you the 'why' in addition to the 'how.' Using application agnostic step-by-step tutorials, this book teaches you how to model, pose, and texture your creations as well as scenery creation, animation, and rendering. Learn which applications are best for your needs and how you can get started making money in the 3D field. The companion website includes video tutorials, models, project files, and other resources. This book is endorsed by Daz3d.com and includes exclusive Daz3d models.

Visual Effects in a Digital World

A Comprehensive Glossary of over 7000 Visual Effects Terms

Author: Karen Goulekas

Publisher: Elsevier

ISBN: 0080520715

Category: Computers

Page: 600

View: 5915

As the visual effects industry has diversified, so too have the books written to serve the needs of this industry. Today there are hundreds of highly specialized titles focusing on particular aspects of film and broadcast animation, computer graphics, stage photography, miniature photography, color theory, and many others. Visual Effects in a Digital World offers a much-needed reconsolidation of this knowledge. All of the industry's workers frequently need to understand concepts from other specialties, and this book-the only one of its kind-lets them look up and grasp the basics of any visual effects concept in a matter of seconds. It's a great way for everyone, regardless of experience, to find their way through the jargon and learn what they need to know. Authoritative coverage from a winner visual effects expert-winner of a British Academy Award and two Emmys Covers topics such as computer graphics, digital compositing, live action, stage, and miniature photography, and a wide range of computer and Internet concepts Offers job descriptions for positions found throughout the industry Demystifies the jargon used by practitioners in every subspecialty

Matchmoving

The Invisible Art of Camera Tracking

Author: Tim Dobbert

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118529669

Category: Computers

Page: 336

View: 5306

Get your foot in the studio door by learning the art of matchmoving Matchmoving is a technique that allows computer graphics to be inserted into live-action footage with correct position, scale, orientation, and motion. Also known as motion tracking, it's what allows movie monsters to run down Main Street and robots to run through crowds--and look real. Now this unique book from a top expert from Industrial Light and Magic teaches you the art of matchmoving. With step-by-step tutorials and pages of examples, this book first explains the basics and then shows you professional techniques, from 3D calibration and tracking, to stereoscopy, and more. Explains concepts and teaches professional techniques for successful matchmoving Authored by a top matchmove specialist from Industrial Light and Magic, who walks you through step-by-step tutorials and impressive examples Covers matchmoving basics, 2D tracking, 3D calibration and tracking, automatic tracking, cameras, integrating matchmoves, and stereoscopy Learn how studio visual effects professionals make all the right matchmoves with Matchmoving: The Invisible Art of Camera Tracking 2nd Edition.

The CG Story

Computer Generated Animation and Special Effects

Author: Christopher Finch

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 1580933572

Category: Computers

Page: 288

View: 7324

Traces the development of computer generated imagery from the fantasy worlds of "Star Wars" and "Tron" to movies that include "Toy Story" and "Avatar."

The Filmmaker's Guide to Visual Effects

The Art and Techniques of VFX for Directors, Producers, Editors and Cinematographers

Author: Eran Dinur

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 1317353188

Category: Art

Page: 192

View: 8928

The Filmmaker’s Guide to Visual Effects offers a practical, detailed guide to visual effects for non-VFX specialists working in film and television. In contemporary filmmaking and television production, visual effects are used extensively in a wide variety of genres and formats to contribute to visual storytelling, help deal with production limitations, and reduce budget costs. Yet for many directors, producers, editors, and cinematographers, visual effects remain an often misunderstood aspect of media production. In this book, award-winning VFX supervisor and instructor Eran Dinur introduces readers to visual effects from the filmmaker’s perspective, providing a comprehensive guide to conceiving, designing, budgeting, planning, shooting, and reviewing VFX, from pre-production through post-production. The book will help readers: Learn what it takes for editors, cinematographers, directors, producers, gaffers, and other filmmakers to work more effectively with the visual effects team during pre-production, on the set and in post, use visual effects as a narrative aid, reduce production costs, and solve problems on location; Achieve a deeper understanding of 3D, 2D, and 2.5D workflows; the various VFX crafts from matchmove to compositing; essential concepts like photorealism, parallax, roto, and extraction; become familiar with the most common types of VFX, their role in filmmaking, and learn how to plan effectively for the cost and complexity of VFX shots; See visual effects concepts brought to life in practical, highly illustrated examples drawn from the real-world experiences of industry professionals, and discover how to better integrate visual effects into your own projects.

The art of Maya

an introduction to 3D computer graphics

Author: Alias (Firm)

Publisher: Sybex

ISBN: N.A

Category: Computers

Page: 236

View: 9058

Explores the features of the tool for creating 3D modeling, animation, and rendering.

Character Animation in 3D

Use Traditional Drawing Techniques to Produce Stunning CGI Animation

Author: Steve Roberts

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 1136134948

Category: Art

Page: 264

View: 3797

Based on 10 years of animation teaching experience, this comprehensive guide to key techniques will ensure your skills best fit the computer animation workplace. A complete understanding of the vital animation drawing skills will be achieved by learning the pitfalls in a 2D exercise then applying these skills when using 3D animation packages. Providing a broad coverage this book will be relevant whatever 3D package you use, Softimage XSI, Maya, 3ds max or LightWave. Just knowing and being able to use a specific 3D software package does not make you an animator, but reading this book will! The Free CD-ROM includes; how to animate exercises in each specific 3d animation program; short movies showing best practice; computer models so you can experiment and learn; a free demo copy and discount code for the best 2D animation software you can buy, DigiCel FlipBook. www.characteranimationin3d.com, provides further resources about the world of animation, extensive list of links, how to get a job, build a lightbox, make an animated movie and much more!

Elemental Magic

The Technique of Special Effects Animation

Author: Joseph Gilland

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 0240814797

Category: Computers

Page: 315

View: 6420

A guide to creating hand-drawn and digital effects includes step-by-step diagrams and explanations for the entire spectrum of animated effects, including liquids, fire, smoke, rippling water, and spiritual entities.

The Art of Maya

An Introduction to 3D Computer Graphics

Author: Autodesk Maya Press

Publisher: Sybex

ISBN: 9781897177471

Category: Computers

Page: 256

View: 946

This unique, full-color visual exploration of the theory of Maya is rich with diagrams and illustrations that demonstrate the critical concepts of 3D time and space, and helps explain the principles of 3D modeling, animation, dynamics and rendering. The book also includes a series of production notes detailing how skilled Maya artists have worked with the software to create production quality films, games, visualizations, and animations. The accompanying CD-ROM includes Maya Personal Learning Edition.