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CGI (Computer-Generated Imagery)

in Film and Video Glossary, Video Elements on 2023-02-07

“CGI (Computer-Generated Imagery)” is a technique used in film and video production to create digital images and animations that are added to live-action shots. This technology allows filmmakers to create realistic and imaginary worlds, creatures, and special effects that would be impossible or too expensive to achieve using practical effects.

CGI is created using specialized software and hardware and requires a team of artists, animators, and technicians to bring it to life. During the pre-production phase, filmmakers and artists work together to plan and design the CGI elements needed for the project. This involves creating storyboards, concept art, and detailed animations that help to bring the filmmakers’ vision to life.

In production, the camera operator captures the live-action footage and the CGI team adds the digital elements to the shots using computer software. They work closely with the editor to ensure that the CGI elements match the live-action footage and are seamlessly integrated into the final cut. The final step is post-production, where the CGI team applies color correction, lighting, and special effects to the digital elements to enhance their realism and impact.

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