We've had an influx of mid-level compositors sign up to the newsletter this month. As a result of this, I'm going to dive into some more Python basics & workflow improvements that I wish I knew early in my career!
DYNAMICALLY ENABLE / DISABLE KNOBS WITH KNOBCHANGED
You may have used a gizmo in the past where toggling a checkbox enables/disables a set of knobs, or choosing a certain value from a Pulldown Choice will hide or show another set of knobs. The first time I needed to add this feature to a gizmo, I found it difficult to find simple answers for how to achieve it. So I wrote a tutorial on how I do it, which you can read here!
CREATE SIMPLE PYTHON SCRIPTS TO SPEED UP YOUR WORKFLOW
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! Click here to read.
I wrote a quick article about the $gui expression, and how to best use it for those who might not know. Lots of artists are already familiar with how it works and when to use it, but don't think about when not to use it, or when it can be detrimental. Click here to read!
Additionally, Jedediah Smith created this node to help handle $gui expressions.
REAL-TIME RAYTRACING WITH UNREAL ENGINE 4
NVIDIA & ILMxLAB recently teamed up to create this video, demonstrating an amazing advancement in real-time rendering, using Unreal Engine 4.
If you've created a gizmo or python script to solve a common problem or speed up your workflow, please reply to this email and let me know about it's existence! I'd love to help spread the word, to help us all be better compositors together.