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  02 February 2003
Compositing Question

Hi All! I'm new to the forums and Maya Unlimited. I'm wondering if someone could tell me what "compositing" is and when it's necessary/useful? I've been looking around and see tons of discussions using the term, but haven't found any practical definitions of it. Help anyone?

  02 February 2003
Okay....listen carefully. I shall say this only once.

When you create an animation in Maya, you can make it in "Layers".

eg. Layer 1 -> Background scenery.
Layer 2 -> Animated creature.
Layer 3 -> Foreground scenery.

Now say that rendering all these together might take a long time...sometimes rendering them seperately can cut the time in half.

Saving these Layers into animation files, you then put them through a "Compositioning" application. This effectively "combines them to create the "Full scene"...

This sums it up, but there is alot more to it than I have suggested here! My best advice is to watch the documentorys on the following DVDs to see what I mean -

1) Star Wars: Ep2 - Attack of the Clones.
2) Final Fantasy: The Spirits within.
3) Scorpion King( the bit about the snake and Kelly Hu ).

...I've had to make my own software for my compositing needs but there is a few good comp-software out there.
  02 February 2003
Thnx Boone! I appreciate your help. And I'll definitely check into those movie docs you mentioned!
  02 February 2003
Always glad to be of service. Welcome to the boards.
  02 February 2003
You can also use Normal Maps to do 2D illumination in post, fix lighting, adding real elements, compositing video with 3D and so on.

See Ya!
diogo girondi | ••• | IMDB
  01 January 2006
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