Accessible Nuke Training 2022

· 28 November 2022

This 3 week training course aims to find and develop new junior compositing creative talent by widening the talent audience by focussing on people living with disabilities*.

Supported by ScreenSkills the course teaches the fundamentals of the Nuke Compositing tool and offers a work placement for on the job training after the initial modules.

*To be eligible for a place on this course you must be registered as disabled in the UK.

Course Outline:

Day 1:

Introduction of who Firebrand are, what the course will entail, and also who I am.

Nuke interface, differences and comparisons between node and layer-based compositing, input and outputs,colour space, frame rates etc. Keyboard shortcuts etc. Crops, reformats and bounding boxes.

Day 2:

AM: Roto – fundamentals and philosophy of rotoscoping. Analysing a shot to ask important questions to help decide the best approach to a shot.

When is the deadline? How long have you been given to finish this shot? This will affect your decisions on how to approach it.

Acceptable level of detail – how will the mattes be used in comp? Hair detail needed?

Requirements & Delivery – how much do the shapes need to be split up for comp? Can we supply a matte, or do they want a script with splines?

PM: Roto – Mask creation, breaking down shapes etc. Matte creation and keying.

Day 3:

AM: Roto – Motion tracking – point tracking – hard surface and organic (such as people)

PM: Roto – Planar tracking in Nuke and Mocha

Day 4:

AM: Roto – Using planar tracks to roto hard surface and organic objects (such as people).

PM: Roto – Roto for finer details such as hair – using splines and tracks

Day 5:

COMPLETE A NEW ROTO SHOT USING SKILLS LEARNED ABOVE – make your own decision on the best method/s to use.

Day 6:

AM: Paint – fundamentals and philosophy of paint work. Analysing a shot and asking important questions to help decide the approach you take to the paint task required.

PM: Point tracking for paint. Using 1 or 2 point trackers to assist in painting out tracking markers in the BG of a scene. Performing a transform offset.

Day 7:

AM: Denoising a plate using nuke denoise node, and Neatvideo’s reduce noise, creating a clean plate using Nuke or Photoshop. Correct alpha workflow to assist with regrain.

PM: Renoising using dasgrain or F_regrain in nuke.

Day 8:

AM: Using a nuke planar tracker to help with paint work, including using mocha. PM: Using a gridwarp or spline warp to assist with paint work.

Day 9:

AM: Using roto in paint work. Edge treatment and extending etc to hide bright edges or remove unwanted edges in FG roto.

PM: Project paint work onto surface using camera projections, including using a 3D camera and generating one in NukeX. (Camera generation might be demonstration only due to lack of NukeX licenses, camera will be provided)

Day 10:

COMPLETE A NEW PAINT SHOT USING SKILLS LEARNED ABOVE – make your own decision on the best method/s to use.

Days 11-15:

Completing Paint and Roto on curated practice/training shots.

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