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Digital Compositing with Nuke

1st Edition

By Lee Lanier


344 pages

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Whether you're a novice compositor or a well-versed one moving over from After Effects or Shake, this is THE book for you to learn the ins and outs of the powerful compositing software, Nuke. In addition to covering all of the menus, buttons, and other software-specific topics, it also offers critical lessons in compositing theory, including working in 2.5D and stereoscopic 3D.

Through a tutorial-based approach, augmented by video footage and image files provided on the companion DVD, this book will have you up and running in Nuke in just hours. The book features over 300 4-color images, industry insider sidebars, as well as an entire chapter dedicated to real-world Nuke case studies.

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"There really is Nuke and nothing else. Other products out there are dying or don't have a future. Nuke is really moving forward in a changing industry."--Lindsay Adams, lead compositor, Animal Logic, Sydney, Australia

About the Author

visual effects/animation veteran of over 20 years. Formerly a senior animator at PDI/Dreamworks for Antz and the original Shrek, his other credits include Ace Ventura, James and the Giant Peach, and Escape from LA. Over the last decade, he has taught at several Academy of Art Universities as well as the Gnomon School of Visual Effects.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / General
PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / Direction & Production

Additional Resources

Whether you’re a novice or veteran moving over from Adobe After Effects or Apple Shake, you need this essential guide to Nuke, the hottest software in the VFX industry. The book offers a complete overview, from an introduction to the user interface to more advanced tasks such as keyframe animation, rotoscoping, matte pulling, motion tracking, filter application, and more. Not just another button-pushing manual, you will also learn critical lessons in compositing theory, allowing you to work more intuitively. Along with detailed tutorials, this website provides you with access to video footage and project files, getting you up and running with Nuke in a matter of hours.