Clean Plating for Feature Films Using the NUKE to MARI Bridge

In this series of lessons, we're going to take a look at the NUKE to MARI bridge by creating a complex projection clean-plate that can be used in a VFX production. Software required: Maya 2012, NUKE & NUKEX 7.0v2, MARI 2.0.
Course info
Level
Advanced
Updated
Apr 28, 2014
Duration
1h 26m
Table of contents
Description
Course info
Level
Advanced
Updated
Apr 28, 2014
Duration
1h 26m
Description

In this series of lessons, we're going to take a look at the NUKE to MARI bridge by creating a complex projection clean-plate that can be used in a VFX production. During this time you'll learn the uses and reasons for clean plates in VFX, how to matchmove a shot in NUKEX, how to set up the NUKE to MARI bridge, and how to model projection geometry using that solved point cloud. By the end of this training, you'll know how to put it all together to give you a plate ready for CG elements. Software required: Maya 2012, NUKE & NUKEX 7.0v2, MARI 2.0.

About the author
About the author

Doug Hogan is the Compositing Supervisor and a Senior Lighter currently working at Reel FX Animation Studios in Dallas for the last 7 years. His credits include the feature animated comedy “Free Birds”, the Guillermo Del Toro produced “The Book of Life”, the currently in production "W.I.S.H. Police", and the recently announced untitled Scooby-Doo feature film for Warner Bros.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Introduction and Project Overview
Hi, everyone. My name is Doug Hogan. I'm a lead compositor at Reel FX Animation Studios. My latest projects include the animated comedy Freebirds, and the upcoming Guillermo del Toro produced animated feature The Book of Life. In this course, we're going to use the NUKE to MARI bridge to create a complex projection clean plate; a very valuable tool on live-action commercial and feature productions. Some of the key take aways from watching this course including learning: One, the uses and reasons for clean plates and visual effects; Two, the basics of how to matchmove in NUKEX; Three, how to set up the NUKE to MARI bridge; Four, how to model projection geo using the solved point cloud; and, finally, five; how to put it all together to give you a plate ready for CG elements. By the end of the training, you will have learned how to produce a production-quality clean plate ready for your next live-action CG project. I'm really excited to be working with Digital-Tutors in this one and share some awesome techniques with you. So, let's get started with the first lesson.