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Part IV: Animation Post and Effects > Compositing and Rendering

Chapter 18. Compositing and Rendering

Compositing enables you to seamlessly blend 3D computer-generated images either with other 3D computer-generated images or with 2D images, such as photographs of real settings or people. Most of the visual effects created for film and video consist of 3D animation and digital effects composited over live-action. This can include photography, video, and film, as well as AVI or QuickTime movies. Using compositing, you can make it seem as though a 3D object is there when it actually isn’t.

An important aspect of compositing with LightWave is that it enables you to do more, especially if your system is not as fast as you’d like it to be. Compositing in this sense enables you to blend multiple images together. Of course, before you can complete a composite in LightWave, you’ll need to render! Later in this chapter, you’ll learn about the steps needed to render your composite animations for many types of applications.


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