VFX Compositing with Nuke: Invisible Visual Effects
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VFX Compositing with Nuke: Invisible Visual Effects

A hands-on approach to the art of compositing for invisible VFX for live-action post-production visual effects.
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Created by Vicki Lau
Last updated 2/2020
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This course includes
  • 3 hours on-demand video
  • 1 article
  • 8 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Assignments
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Know what, when and how to do compositing in Nuke for invisible effects
  • Know how to use The Foundry Nuke for simple to advanced compositing of live-action shots with invisible effects
  • Apply basic and advanced techniques in invisible VFX compositing
Requirements
  • Passion and Good Follow-Through
  • The Foundry Nuke (non-commercial/ commercial version)
Description

If you want to learn how to use industry-standard software, Nuke, to composite impressive invisible visual effects (VFX) shots, then you're looking at the right course. This course will reveal the tips, tricks and applications of invisible VFX compositing in post-production visual effects - one of the most common types of shot assignments you'll get as a compositor.

Learn How to Composite Industry-Quality Invisible VFX Shots.

Using 3 real live-action films as test shots for this course, learn by actually working on shots while following the course as a step-by-step guide to proper and professional invisible VFX compositing.

Why This Course?

  • Taught by a real professional in the visual effects and film industry who worked on actual Hollywood blockbusters

  • Step-by-step guide with practical and hands-on live-action shots to work on

  • Insights and know-hows that would save you time and money when working on your own visual effects shot

  • Complimentary course in a series of other advanced visual effects tricks, tips and methods

  • Networking and open collaboration opportunities with instructor and students


Pick up the Tricks that Keep Your Invisible VFX Shots Perfectly Invisible.

You will Learn How:

  • Invisible visual effects are applied in film and television

  • To composite realistic invisible VFX shots

  • To use Nuke for invisible VFX compositing in live-action films

  • To apply basic and advanced invisible VFX compositing techniques and tricks

  • To apply effective and smart techniques of doing compositing


The best part about this course is that it's going to cover all that you need to know about invisible VFX compositing in only the time that is necessary to get the lessons across.


If you are truly serious about learning how to composite invisible VFX shots that fool audiences, in a real-world setting similar to working artists, then this is the right course for you.


P.S. instructor final project working Nuke scripts are now included as a resource!

Who this course is for:
  • Visual effects artists or compositors looking to work on realistic VFX shots
  • Professionals from other industries looking to try some advanced visual effects shots
  • Aspiring or new filmmakers working on their own visual effects film
  • Visual effects professionals who need to refresh their skills and have been out of the industry for a while
  • Students of my other VFX courses who want to enhance their skillset in visual effects
  • NOT for seasoned visual effects professionals who are currently in the industry
Course content
Expand all 25 lectures 03:13:13
+ Invisible VFX Basics
4 lectures 12:46

Introduction to the instructor as well as an opportunity for you to introduce yourself and your aspirations in visual effects (or film), to the community. Learn why the instructor is qualified and the best option to be guiding you through your invisible visual effects compositing learning journey.

Preview 01:52

Have you ever been amazed by behind-the-scenes footage of shows and movies you never thought would have visual effects in them? If you are completely new to the whole world and idea of visual effects, this lesson explores what invisible visual effects is, how it is used in film and television, and the purpose of this course.

Preview 02:43

A continuation from the previous lesson, this lesson covers the different types of invisible visual effects used in the film industry, what they are used for, when they would be used and the future of invisible visual effects - including current developments of this area.

This is Invisible VFX
06:15

Nuke is only one of the many software available for accomplishing this task of compositing. There are many other options out there which will be explored in this class. In this course, we will focus on the one used by many visual effects studios today - Nuke - for our compositing needs.

Software for Compositing
01:56
Invisible VFX Basics
3 questions
+ Getting Comfortable with Nuke
4 lectures 32:31

For users new to the node-based interface of the Nuke software, this lesson covers the interface basics, including how to navigate in Nuke, available tools and nodes, as well as where to find what in this node-based compositing software. If you are a seasoned Nuke user, feel free to skip this class.

Preview 10:32

A brief insight and lesson into the differences between nodes and layers, including their pros and cons, best and worst use cases, as well as how Nuke's node-based system is different from other similar systems. If you are a seasoned Nuke user, feel free to skip this class.

Nodes not Layers
04:40

A deeper dive into the tabs, panels and windows available in Nuke, as well as the nodes and tools in Nuke's hidden and potent arsenal of capabilities and features. A comparison between the different editions of Nuke (Nuke, NukeX, Nuke Studio) will also be covered in this lesson. If you are a seasoned Nuke user, feel free to skip this class.

Tabs, Panels, Windows
02:34

Expanding from the previous lesson, selected nodes from each category will be covered in greater detail as well as how they all play a pivotal role together in the successful use of Nuke. Learn what each group or category of nodes are typically used for, by compositing pros. If you are a seasoned Nuke user, feel free to skip this class.

Categories of Nodes
14:45
Getting Comfortable with Nuke
3 questions
+ Invisible VFX Compositing in Nuke
13 lectures 02:19:23

This lesson will uncover how invisible visual effects work in film and television as well as what makes an effective invisible visual effects shot. Tips and tricks are revealed on how to identify the problem in any given footage and assess various solutions to solve the shot.

Understanding the Problem
06:08

This lesson will explore the concept, setting up and preparations of clean plates and patches in invisible VFX compositing, including understanding the nature of the visual effects shot and how fixes could be applied. Tips and tricks are revealed on the most common techniques used in the visual effects industry and how to apply the appropriate solution with the end shot in mind.

Clean Plates & Patches
12:32

This lesson will explore various color correction methods to ensure that the solutions used in an invisible visual effects shot match the overall look and feel of the shot. Tips and tricks are revealed on which effect to use and how to combine different effects to reach a final harmonious result.

Color Correction
09:03

This lesson will explore the different ways of 2D tracking in Nuke, using various nodes or combination of nodes. Tips and tricks are revealed on how to use the data from the 2D track effectively as well as a deeper dive into the hidden functions of Nuke's 2D tracking node.

Tracking in Nuke
13:14

This lesson will explore the different ways to adjust and modify light and shadow in invisible visual effects compositing including applying what you had learned in the earlier lessons on color correction. Tips and tricks are revealed on how other types of nodes can indirectly alter lighting.

Lighting & Blur
05:28

This lesson will explore the importance of grain and how to match grain from two different layers to blend the image together in a final composite. Tips and tricks are revealed on how to carefully remove existing grain and then apply grain manually for more customization.

Grain Match & Check
11:00

This lesson will explore rendering options used in the film and visual effects industry, as well as various rendering options at different stages of invisible VFX compositing that may be used prior to exporting a final composite. Tips and tricks are revealed on how to optimize your script for complex invisible VFX renders.

Rendering Options for Invisible VFX
11:03

This lesson will explore the different ways to remove or erase moving objects and elements in a shot including applying what you had learned in the earlier lessons. Tips and tricks are revealed on tricky situations where advanced problem-solving may be required. Part 1 of this lesson focuses on removing the moving object and keeping other moving objects that were affected in the process.

SHOT #2: Removing Moving Objects (Part 1)
20:18

This lesson will explore the different ways to remove or erase moving objects and elements in a shot including applying what you had learned in the earlier lessons. Tips and tricks are revealed on tricky situations where advanced problem-solving may be required. Part 2 of this lesson focuses on keeping more complex moving objects such as trees.

Removing Moving Objects (Part 2)
10:28

This lesson will explore the different types of subtle set extension in composites and how to use your recent learning in previous lessons to create subtle set extensions. Tips and tricks are revealed on matching and aligning images for the purposes of subtle set extension as well as how to work with scale in set extension. Part 1 of this set extension lesson focuses on clean-up work and preparations for set extension elements.

Preview 13:41

This lesson will explore the different types of subtle set extension in composites and how to use your recent learning in previous lessons to create subtle set extensions. Tips and tricks are revealed on matching and aligning images for the purposes of subtle set extension as well as how to work with scale in set extension. Part 2 of this set extension lesson focuses on compositing and adding in the finishing touches to the set extension elements.

Subtle Set Extension (Part 2)
08:16

This lesson will explore the addition of moving video elements into an invisible visual effects shot and how to use your recent learning in previous lessons to skillfully add these elements into the composite. Tips and tricks are revealed on matching and aligning additional video elements for the purposes of subtle set extension as well as how to work with scale in set extension.

Adding Video Elements
15:42

Now that you've followed along, it is time to put your skills to the test with this new shot to try. Once again, post in the Q&A board if you have any questions or go back to previous lessons in order to figure out how to solve the shot.

SHOT TRYOUT: Replace this!
02:30
Assignment from the previous lesson - "SHOT TRYOUT: Replace this!"
SHOT TRYOUT
2 questions
Invisible VFX Compositing in Nuke
3 questions
+ Invisible VFX Summary
3 lectures 05:59

A summary of all the points, tips and tricks of invisible VFX we have covered so far, including a take-away sheet that summarizes the lessons and best practices learned about invisible VFX in post-production.

Invisible VFX Best Practices
02:25

Ending on a conclusive note, we will touch on some discussion points of invisible VFX and the effective ways to use or apply invisible VFX compositing in your own personal projects, including how and when to use invisible VFX in smart ways.

The Thing about Invisible VFX
02:40

Well done! Invisible VFX can be challenging. For more in this series, stay tuned for future courses where we cover other kinds of similar software, best practices and cheats in the visual effects world.

Stay Tuned for More!
00:54
Invisible VFX Summary
3 questions
+ BONUS
1 lecture 02:12

BONUS: For staying all the way to the end of this course, this lecture is for you. More details inside.

Bonus Lecture
02:12