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Blender for Visual Effects
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Table of Contents

Problem Definition
Introduction
Approaching the Task
Additional Materials
Summary

Preparation
Getting Ready
Setting up Blender
Shooting
Calibration
Summary

Tracking
Basics of Tracking
Preparing the Footage
Working with the Tracker
Calibration inside Blender
Placing the Marks
Solving the Tracking
Applying the Solved Camera
Plane Track
Summary

Scene Setup
World Creation
Setting up Elements
Lighting
Summary

Rendering
Internal Render vs. Cycles Render
Internal Render Pros and Cons
Cycles Render Pros and Cons
Rendering with Layers
Understanding the Render Passes
Combined (RGBA)
Depth (Z)
Ambient Occlusion (AO)
Shadow
Vector
Normal
Object Index
Material Index
UV
Formats
Basic Channel Format
Multichannel Format
Render Settings
Render Device
Dimensions
Sampling
Light Paths
Film
Overscan
Summary

Masking
Starting to Mask
Clean Plate Preview
Refining the Mask
Tracking the Mask
Frame-by-Frame Painting
Summary

Compositing
First Steps
Nodes Overview
Inputs
Render Layers
Image
Texture
Value
RGB
Time
Movie Clip
Bokeh Image
Mask
Track Position
Outputs
Composite
Viewer
Split Viewer
File Output
Levels
Layout
Frame
Reroute
Switch
Group
Distort
Translate
Rotate
Scale
Flip
Crop
Transform
Displace
Lens Distortion
Map UV
Stabilize 2D
Movie Distortion
Plane Track Deform
Corner Pin
Matte
Difference Key
Color Spill
Distance Key, Chroma Key, Color Key, and Channel Key
Keying
Luminance Key
Double Edge Mask
Keying Screen
Box Mask and Ellipse Mask
Converter
Combine and Separate (RGBA, HSVA, YUVA, YCbCr)
Alpha Convert
Math
ID Mask
Set Alpha
RGB to BW
ColorRamp
Filter
Filter
Blur
Directional Blur
Bilateral Blur
Vector Blur
Dilate/Erode
Inpaint
Despeckle
Defocus
Glare
Bokeh Blur
Pixelate
Sun Beams
Vector
Normal
Vector Curves
Normalize
Map Value
Map Range
Color
RGB Curves
Mix
Hue Saturation Value
Bright/Contrast
Gamma
Invert
AlphaOver
Z Combine
Color Balance
Hue Correct
Tonemap
Color Correction
Compositing the Scene
Film Grain
Fake Grain
Real Grain
Vignetting
Preview
Rendering Limitations
Depth Pass
ID Passes
Final Notes
Summary

Index

About the Author

Sam Vila earned a filmmaking certificate from the London Film Academy in 2006 and other degrees from different schools for film editing, camera operation, Steadicam operation, and postproduction. He has been progressing in his career as a filmmaker and visual effects artist by participating in several productions not only for television but also for feature films. Currently Sam Vila is working as a visual effects artist in Los Angeles, California, using Blender as the main tool to generate all the visual effects on a daily basis. His experience includes five feature films and several short films usually as a visual effects artist. With several years of experience creating 3D content, he has wide-ranging knowledge of many well-known 3D software programs, and he has engaged in professional collaborations with companies such as NVIDIA and OTOY (Octane Render). He is also a co-founder of Los Angeles Blender Group and a very active member of the Blender community.

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