NUKE for After Effects Users

If you already know After Effects and are looking to pick up NUKE, this course will help you get up to speed on the best workflows for NUKE compositing. Software required: NUKEX.
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Rating
(22)
Level
Beginner
Updated
Oct 26, 2016
Duration
3h 56m
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Description
Course info
Rating
(22)
Level
Beginner
Updated
Oct 26, 2016
Duration
3h 56m
Description

Sometimes, when you know a software with a profoundly different workflow from another software with a similar functionality, it can be difficult to make the transition to learn something new. This course, NUKE for After Effects Users, will show you how to use NUKE from the perspective of someone who already knows After Effects. You will see how to relate layer-based functionality of After Effects to the node-based workflow of NUKE. You will also be taught about the multi-channel workflow, how to create and use rotoscopes, keying greenscreens, understanding NUKE's 3D space, all of the functionality of text in NUKE, and how to bring a shot together using some really cool effects. Throughout this course, you'll see again and again the similarities and differences demonstrated between NUKE and After Effects. This course takes a project-based approach to learning NUKE, so by the end of the course you'll have had a real experience of what it's like to composite a shot and you'll have a beautiful scene to show for it. Software required: NUKEX.

About the author
About the author

Laura is a passionate visual effects and motion graphics author at Pluralsight. Ever since her first exposure to After Effects in college, Laura has had an eternal drive to learn more about motion graphics, and teach others what she has discovered. Laura began working at Digital-Tutors (now a Pluralsight company) as a motion graphics artist, creating visually-appealing advertisements and informative art for the site.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Course Overview
Hi, I'm Laura, and in this course we'll be learning how to use NUKE from the perspective of someone who already knows After Effects. Before we get started, I'd just like to let you know that Pluralsight would like to say thank you to Dissolve, and their contributors reeldealhd and Summit Films, for their videos that were used in this course. You can access these same videos, and thousands of others, at dissolve. com. Sometimes when you know a software with a profoundly different workflow from another software with a similar functionality, it can be difficult to make the transition to learn something new. This course is designed to take someone familiar with the layer-based functionality of After Effects, and bring them into the node-based workflow of NUKE. We also learn about the multi-channel workflow, how to create and use rotoscopes, key in green screens, understanding NUKE's 3D space, all of the functionality of text in NUKE, and how to bring a shot together using some really cool effects in NUKE. Throughout this course, you'll see again and again the similarities and differences demonstrated between NUKE and After Effects. This course is also a project-based approach to learning NUKE, so by the end of the course you'll have had a real experience of what it's like to composite a shot, and you'll have a beautiful scene to show for it. I'm really excited to share with you how easy and fun it is to work in NUKE. So let's jump in and take a quick tour of the interface.

Multi-channel Workflow
Hi, and welcome to module 2 of NUKE For After Effects Users. We're going to be learning about the multi-channel workflow, and I just really quickly want to go over with you what we'll be learning about. So, again, the multi-channel workflow. This can sound a little bit scary, but I promise you that it is very efficient, and once you get the hang of it's going to make your life really easy. So, we'll be learning about viewing channels, creating layers, Shuffle, Copy, and ShuffleCopy nodes, which, don't be alarmed by how similar those sound at this point, I'm going to totally de-mystify that for you whether you've heard about them before or not, and we'll learn about compositing channels together. So, you may have heard the word layers in here, and that might be a little bit confusing coming from After Effects, and I've already told you that you can think of nodes as layers, well there's another type of layer in NUKE that has a totally different meaning from layers in After Effects. So, let's jump into our next clip, where I'm going to tell you what those are and how to create them.

Creating and Using Rotoscopes
Welcome to module 3, where we'll be creating and using rotoscopes. So, just to give you a quick overview of what we'll be talking about in this module, we're going to learn how to create and use those rotoscopes. We'll be learning about the Roto node, adding keyframes to a roto so if you need to move it over time, rotos as mask inputs, and integrating roto'd footage with a background plate. So, let's go ahead and jump into NUKE, where we'll learn how to create a Roto node, and what Roto even means.

Keying Greenscreens
Hi, and welcome to module 4, where we're going to learn about keying greenscreens. So just to give you a quick overview, we're going to be learning about pulling a key with Keylight, rotoscoping subjects for isolation, screen matte controls, and Dilating and Despill. So let's go ahead and jump into NUKE, where we'll being our first clip and learning how to pull a key.

Understanding NUKE's 3D Space
Hi, and welcome to module 5, where we'll be learning about and understanding NUKE's 3D space. So this is going to entail a few different aspects of the 3D space. One part of this is going to be actually doing a camera track on our footage, and then adding things into the 3D space that's created with that camera tracking data. So we'll be learning about Cards, Scenes, Cameras, and the ScanlineRender node, which are kind of all the basic building blocks of a 3D scene. We'll also be learning about 3D Camera Tracking, and that's kind of how we get all the data that brings all that stuff together in the first place. We'll be adding 3D geometry to a Tracked Plate, and we'll learn about the Read Geo node. So go ahead and join me in our next clip, where we'll be jumping into kind of an overview of Cards, Scenes, Cameras, and the ScanlineRender.

Using Text in NUKE
Hi, and welcome to module 6, Using Text in NUKE. We're going to be learning about how to add text to your composition in NUKE, and also how to manipulate that text node once you've added it. We'll learn about creating and editing 2D text, keying text properties, importing 3D text into NUKE, and adding a texture to a Read Geo node, which we've talked a bit about in terms of a texture that's actually been mapped out for that 3D object, but not actually have we talked about how to add a texture inside of NUKE that is created right there. So let's go ahead and jump into that in the next clip.

Bringing It All Together with Effects
Hi, and welcome to the seventh and final module of NUKE For After Effects Users. In this module, we are going to be bringing it all together with effects. So some of the things we're going to be learning are going to be just a lot of little things that kind of bring everything together in the end. We'll learn about Color Correction, Degraining, Graining, Glint, GodRays, Lightwrap, and Grade. And these are all going to be things that we can use to just kind of take our composition from pretty good to amazing. So join me in the next clip, where we'll get started with some Color Correction.