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Visual effects are the techniques and processes where imagery is created and developed outside of a live action shot that is intended to change and enhance the final outcome.  These effects are usually required as the actual live shot would be impractical, dangerous or just not possible to capture on film.  The end goal of visual effects is to create any effect that will enhance a movie, TV or video game.  The VFX artist aims at making the impossible seem real.

Visual effects are usually divided into four main categories:

  1. First there are still or digital paintings that can be used for background elements.
  2. Secondly there are live action effects keying actors or performers through green screening.
  3. Next there is digital animation where computer generated 3D characters are produced and also other special effects, and the development of digital sets and backgrounds.
  4. Finally there are digital effects, which is also called FX, DFX or Digital FX.  Using these techniques and processes, still photography imagery is manipulated to create a realistic outcome.  Visual effects is similar but usually associated with motion film production.

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