Compositing and Special Effects

What exactly is compositing?

Periodically, we have mentioned the word compositing in the course of this book. What does this term mean? Compositing, in its most literal sense, means taking a stack of items and making them into one item. When we discussed analog video standards, we referred to one such standard as Composite. Composite video, if you recall, is a video signal in which all the different luma and chroma electrical signals are integrated into one electrical waveform. They become one composite signal.

Compositing in Final Cut Pro and other applications involves the process of taking more than one ...

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