Compositing Motion Pictures

What is compositing?

Compositing motion pictures is the act of taking different visual elements and combining them in one image or one film seamlessly so the different elements look like they belong together.  Watch an example of Photoshop Compositing.

The Foundry’s Nuke – Watch the video on Compositing Motion Pictures with Nuke

Nuke Studio is one of the industry standards in creating visual effects for film. You can find meetup groups and user groups around the world of students and professionals that meet to learn more about Nuke. Compositing with Nuke is faster than using other options.  You can get a free trial copy on their website.  Check it out.

Visit The Foundary Nuke Studio Official Site for more compositing information.

NUKE 8’s advanced compositing features a number of new 3D tools, including viewer capture, a new Edit Geo node, a Particle Cache node and Wireframe Shader node for increased control over projection mapping.

Adobe After Effects Compositing Motion Pictures

Adobe After Effects is also used in compositing.  It is a less expensive alternative to Nuke.  After Effects is used a lot in Commercial Advertising.  It is used a lot in television shows and in film.  If you purchase the Adobe Cloud which includes many programs, you will find at After Effects is included in the cloud package.  This is the entry program into the compositing field and you should begin with Adobe After Effects if you are just beginning to learn compositing and visual effects.



A lot of compositing is keying out greenscreen.  Compositing can also involve rotoscoping which is cutting out the background in video.  So, the first two things to start to learn if you want to become a compositer as a career are keylight keying plugin and rotoscoping in After Effects.

Compositing Breakdowns and Examples