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The Art and Technique of Matchmoving by Erica Hornung

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INTRODUCTION: WHAT IS MATCHMOVE, ANYWAY?

“So, Wait a Minute . . . . What Do You Do, Exactly?”

Don't feel badly if you're asking this question even as you've picked up this book. I was at a work party just a few months ago, at a well-respected, Oscar-winning visual effects house, and was asked that same question – by a character animator!

Whether you call it camera tracking, camera matching, or any other name, matchmove is definitely a mystery to most people – even some of the people you'll work for. Even I didn't know what it was when I took a course in it some years ago. Part of the reason for this is that if done right, you'll never notice a matchmove . . . you'll only see it when it's badly done.

So what is matchmove? In a nutshell, the matchmover ...

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