8 Computer-based systems and techniques

From the producer’s contract to the final profit and loss spreadsheet, and from the film camera to the automated ticket machine, computers have conquered the entire motion picture industry. Nowhere is this more true than in VFX, where digital methods have rapidly replaced most other techniques.

The terms ‘digital’ and ‘computer’ are gaily bandied about, but it is important to understand the meanings of these terms. A modern computer is a programmable machine which can perform logical and mathematical functions. This means it can be set up to execute specific tasks according to how it has been programmed. In other words, it may be configured to act as a ‘virtual machine’; a device which to the user, appears ...

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