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4 Nuke Tutorials To Boost Your Compositing Skillset

Every year, we see the world of VFX become more and more accessible. Through both technological advancements and a growing community, there are more convenient ways to hone your craft than ever before! In the past, absurdly expensive proprietary machines locked behind studio walls kept the indie and small budget filmmaker from utilizing industry-standard tools.  ...

Introduction to Manual 3D Camera Tracking | Nuke Tutorial

3D tracking in Nuke can be a tricky process at first, but with this tutorial, we will take an in-depth look at how manual 3D point tracking works and share some tips that can help make your workflow more efficient! ...

How to Use Multi-Channel OpenEXR Passes | Nuke Tutorial

OpenEXR formats are extremely useful when they are utilized in the most effective way. In this week's tutorial, Sebastian Siggerud is back to show us how to use multi-channel OpenEXR passes in Nuke, while also teaching how to turn a 2D background into a 3D scene....

So You Want to Learn Nuke? Start Here!

Diving into a new program can be an intimidating process. Not only is your workflow completely new, but the places you go for resources, the communities you work within, and much more can change with it. With the recent announcement of Nuke Indie, The Foundry’s premiere node-based compositor is sure to see some new faces.If you're one of them, fear not! Not only is the program incredibly intuitive at face value, but everything surrounding it is top-notch, well documented, and...

Introduction to Nuke | How To Composite Water Blast VFX

In this Nuke tutorial, we will show you a step-by-step process in compositing water blasts, from tracking to the reflection casting over the ripples of water....

Beginner Tips for Keying in Nuke | PT. 2

There are few symbols more synonymous with visual effects than the classic chroma key green screen. As such, one of the major tools in every compositor’s box is a solid understanding of keying. In the foundry’s Nuke, this process can be incredibly complex.  In part 1 of Beginner Tips for Keying in Nuke, we discussed both fundamental concepts and technical approaches ...

Beginner Tips for Keying in Nuke | PT. 1

In The Foundry’s Nuke, several top of the line keying packages are right there from your first launch, but their application is far more complicated than a simple drag, drop, and adjustment. To key well in Nuke you need an expert understanding of several concepts. From spill suppression to alpha math and formula...

6 Common (but not Obvious) Nodes for Nuke Beginners

The Foundry’s Nuke is a node-based compositing software. This, as the same states, means that your primary tools for compositing CG sequences, keying footage, removing rigs, and all other functions are nodes. Nodes are essentially small mathematic machines. You put your input through them (with its given channels red, green, blue, alpha, and many more in some cases) and it manipulates these pixels in some way.  ...

After Effects To Nuke — Three Tips For Making The Jump

Some will frame the separation between various compositing software as an “entry level” vs. “big boy” conversation. The problem with this, however, is that it ignores the open evaluation of not only the strengths and weaknesses of each tool, but of their purpose. For many VFX artists, animators, and motion designers, After Effects was one of the first tools we had access to. It’s affordable, within the ...

4 Advanced Nuke Nodes to Level Up Your VFX Compositing

Nuke is the cool kid on the block for compositing software. A staple in both film and commercial workflows, The Foundry’s 3D node-based compositing software is a must-have in the arsenal of any 2D visual effects artist. Learning Nuke, however, is no short order. The depth of the software is nearly endless with a barebones layout that offers expansive customization, full scripting capabilities, and a third party library of thousands of toolset and plugins.  When you...