Advanced Keying Breakdown – ALPHA 1.1: pre-processing the GS


Here is the first part in the advanced keying series.  I’ve started with the ALPHA section, and made a custom slide for just ALPHA, where you can see the many topics I plan on covering in future videos, but for now I am just covering 1.1 Pre-processing the Green Screen.  Here is the slide for ALPHA:

Advanced Keying Breakdown_ALPHA_detail_v01

It’s a long video, but it’s full of useful tips and techniques.  I recommend watching the whole thing if you get a chance, but if you’re in a rush and want to skip to certain sections here are the Timecodes for you:

0:00 Intro

1:12   Denoising

5:56  Colorspaces

13:11 White Balancing

21:28 Saturation

25:33 Evening out the GS

35:21 Outro Recap

here is the Neat Video plugin website I mentioned for reducing noise on an image:

http://neatvideo.com/

here is the link to some keying tutorials from nuke station for you guys to look through if you need them, most all of them are excellent:

http://nukestation.com/category/keying/

Please guys, I know I covered a lot but if you have any questions, or if you would like me to do a written recap on all the sections here in this blog post, please just let me know and I’d be happy to write it up for you.   Leave a comment with any questions, or if you think I messed something up, or if you’d like to contribute to the conversation and have anything to add to this tutorial.  I enjoyed putting this together and look forward to the rest of the keying tutorials I plan on putting together.  Please share if you learned something =)

Cheers,

Tony

CompositingMentor.com Online!

Hi everyone,

I have some exciting news!!

The blog is now CompositingMentor.com

A new name accompanied with some new tutorials to christen the site.

It’s been a few months, I’ve been working hard both at work and on side projects, one of which is the daunting task of categorizing and analyzing all of the gizmos and tools on Nukepedia.com.   I came up with a good workflow to check the tools, and I am going 1 category at a time, but it is pretty time consuming.

I’ve also been working on an Advanced Keying Breakdown, which I will be posting for the next month or so.  It is very in depth, more than I have seen from any other keying tutorial yet.  It focuses on the concepts and techniques of keying, rather than specific tools.

If you like what you have been seeing on this website, please share with others, I’d like to get these tutorials out to anyone who needs them.  Thanks!
Without further adieu,

Welcome to CompositingMentor.com

AE to Nuke: 02 Deinterlace inside of Nuke

You can grab the bridal footage asset from VideoCopilot.net:

http://www.videocopilot.net/tutorials/deinterlace_in_ae/

Below I have included a link to the group I was using in the video, which I have named “Deinterlacer_v02”

DeInterlacer_v02

I chose a group instead of a gizmo because it is easy to just drag and drop into any script without any fuss and will work on multiple machines or networks.  Gizmos will break if it cannot link to the main file properly.  Anyways just drag and drop this guy into the script and voila, deinterlaced video.

Let me know if it works for you, if it has any bugs, or needs any updates.

Best,

Tony Lyons

AE to Nuke: 01 Basic Sky Replacement

For the assets to follow along yourself, go to the following link and select “project”:
http://www.videocopilot.net/tutorials/basic_sky_replacement/

It’s a good Idea to deinterlace the video and to convert the .mov provided into an image sequence, and I will tell you guys how to do that in the next video.

This is my first tutorial, I am sure I will get better as I go along, but please let me know some feedback.  Too fast? too slow? to boring?  etc.  I’d be glad to hear.  Thanks and I look forward to posting more videos.

Cheers,

Tony Lyons

AE to Nuke tutorials: The Mission

I will keep this a brief mission statement.  For awhile now I have heard the many arguments of artists on which program is better, after effects, or nuke, and how there seems to be a very fine line and not too many artists who cross over to both worlds.

I decided to bridge that gap, it is obvious the power of both nuke and after effects.  I think one thing after effects has a leg up on is the ease of access to great tutorials, specifically from VideoCopilot.net.  Andrew Kramer and his team did an amazing job letting people like me and others learn AE easily.

I’d like to take the VideoCopilot tutorials and “convert” them into nuke tutorials.  I will start at the bottom and go all the way through.  so those familiar with after effects from Andrew’s videos will have no more excuse to jump into nuke and vice versa.

I must say I have not touched after effects much in the past few years, so it will be a Journey for me to not only learn the VideoCopilot’s tuts and techniques for after effects, but to then figure out the best way to get similar results using Nuke.

I think it will be fun and I hope everyone will learn a thing or two.

I will post the first videos shortly.

Cheers,

Tony Lyons

First Blog Post: An Brief Introduction

Introduction

Hello all!

My name is Tony Lyons, and I am a compositor in the VFX industry.  I’ve been working in Los Angeles (and abroad) for over 3 years now.  In that time I have gained a lot of knowledge that I feel I should give back to the community that has helped me.

I have put off starting a blog for quite some time. But alas!  I have so many ideas, tips, gizmos, techniques, opinions, shout outs, questions, images, and notes, that I finally need a place to put them all.  I hope they will find a home here on https://compositingmentor.wordpress.com.  And I hope all of you find a place where you can learn and contribute as you please!

My Goal:

My goal is to learn as much about compositing and visual effects as humanly possible. It will take several years to accomplish, I have no doubt about that, but in the end I hope to achieve it.  This blog will record my journey, as well as inspire and educate others as best I can.  I would like for people to be able to follow and learn off of my site if they’d like.

I’ll end with a quote a great instructor once taught me:

“What we do for ourselves dies with us, it’s what we do for others that’s immortal.”