The ImagePlane gizmo is my favourite for speedily placing an object on a card in (pseudo)3D space. Rather than dealing with Nuke’s clunky 3D system, you can easily get a handful of atmospheric smoke elements layered up and in your shot! But that convenience of fast setup time comes at a price…

If you’ve got 2 or 3 elements to throw into your shot, ImagePlane’s are perfect! Although if you’re working on a mostly-CG shot that needs polishing up with a lot of 2D elements, it’s best you stick with the standard 3D Card, Camera & ScanlineRender setup. It’s more annoying and time-consuming to set up for sure, but it will prevent your Nuke script from chugging along at snail’s pace.

ImagePlane’s in vast quantities, especially with motion blur switched on, will take a huge toll on both your GUI’s interactivity & your Viewer’s processing speed.

Do you have a better way? Reach out and let me know!

Nobody likes getting to that stage of a shot where they come to the realization: “damn, warping is the only way…” Although, there are certain techniques that can make the process more streamlined and manageable. I’ve noticed Compositors, myself included at times, attempt “just a quick and easy warp” without setting things up properly, only…Continue Reading “SplineWarp hacks for an easier time when warping”

Of all the people I have met whilst working in the visual effects industry, I have never met another artist who is truly ok calling something “good enough”. It’s a title that is begrudgingly assigned to a shot when they know they don’t have the time to push it any further. In saying that, is there really such a thing as the “perfect shot”? I would argue no, and here’s why.

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Nuke is incredibly flexible and customizable out of the box, and empowers artists to work they way they want to work to get a shot to final. But there’s a whole other world of untapped potential when you utilize Python to further expand it! In this post, I’m going to show you an example of how even the most simple python script can save you time every day.

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