The definitive guide to green screen technology Whether you're on a budget or working with high-end HD, this four-color expert guide gives you step-by-step instruction to green screening (or chroma keying) technology in today's competitive digital video landscape. This book covers the entire gamut: basic setup using cloth, panels, cardboard or paint and a digital camera; broadcast TV hardware switchers; professional HD and major motion picture compositing; and multiple-colored screen composites (background, foregrounds, and objects). A bonus DVD includes sample video footage, project files and sample software where applicable. * Green screen technology, or chroma keying, is the process of filming live actors in front of a green background so that another background can be replaced during post-production * Explains how this process enables computer-generated characters to be placed on top of live-action footage, as was done with Gollum in The Lord of the Rings triology * Describes tools and techniques that have been used in real-world production environments Whether on a shoestring budget or working with high-end HD system, the step-by-step instruction can save you time and money.
Table of Contents
Foreword. Introduction. Part 1 Exploring the Matting Process. Chapter 1 Mattes and Compositing Defined. Chapter 2 Digital Matting Methods and Tools. Chapter 3 Basic Shooting Setups. Chapter 4 Basic Compositing Techniques. Chapter 5 Simple Setups on a Budget. Chapter 6 Green Screens in Live Broadcasts. Chapter 7 How the Pros Do It. Part 2 Setting the Scene. Chapter 8 Choosing the Right Matting Process for Your Project. Chapter 9 Proper Lighting Techniques. Chapter 10 Matching Your Subjects to the Background. Chapter 11 Digital Cameras and Camcorders. Chapter 12 Storyboarding and Directing Your Talent. Chapter 13 Interacting with the Background and Objects. Part 3 Compositing the Footage. Chapter 14 Getting a Great Matte. Chapter 15 Color Balancing the Subject and Background. Chapter 16 Fixing Problem Green Screen Shots. Chapter 17 Working with Virtual Sets. Chapter 18 Motion Tracking and Matchmoving. Chapter 19 Complex Composites. Appendix A Products and Services Mentioned in This Book. Appendix B About the Companion DVD. Index.
Jeff Foster has been producing traditional and digital images, photography, illustration, motion graphics, and special effects for digital video and film for over 20 years. Some of his clients include Tribune Broadcasting, FAA, Nestle, McDonnell Douglas, FOX Television, Spike TV, Discovery/TLC, Universal Studios, and Disney. He has also written and contributed to several After Effects and Photoshop books, conducted training seminars, and been a featured speaker at several national conferences such as Macworld, Photoshop World, AdobeMAX, and NAB.