GradMagic Tool

GradMagic is an interactive 4 point gradient tool, which can link to cornerpin nodes, and can toggle between live sampling from the plate or baking the color values of the corners.

Can be used for various tasks in prep and DMP,or if you just need a quick 4 point gradient map.

GradMagic_Properties_Screenshot.png

Quick Overview of the properties:

It’s pretty straight forward, heres some basic written steps:
1.) Set your cornerpoints manually or by pressing one of the ‘snap to’ buttons.  Or alternatively you can link or bake your cornerpoints to an existing cornerpin node (or any node with 4 “to” knobs).

2.) If you need to adjust the points once they are baked/linked/ in place, then show the adjust knobs, set the reference frame to snap the adjust points near the main points, and you can then move each cornerpoint while it still retains its animation path.

3.) You can either keep the node live, bake the corner colors on a single frame, or bake the colors over a framerange.  once baked you can adjust the cornerpoints further if you need to cover up more area.  You can adjust the ‘sample size’ at the top if you want to average more colors under each corner point.

4.) Finally you can apply a blur to the edges to help with transition, and you can select the output at the top, whether to show the gradient over the BG input, or just the gradient itself.

Hope you find it useful

A full tutorial video on how to use the tool can be found here on youtube:
https://youtu.be/oge8jMR0LRw

Or here on vimeo:
https://vimeo.com/341514150

Download the tool from nukepedia with this link:
http://www.nukepedia.com/gizmos/draw/gradmagic

You can also download GradMagic from my github link:
https://github.com/CreativeLyons/Lyons_Tools_Public/blob/master/02_Draw/GradMagic.nk

Stay tuned for more tools and tutorials.

Advanced Keying Breakdown: 4.1 – Template

0:00 – Introduction
4:30 – CC and transform after key
6:49 – CC and transform before key
12:03 – Advanced Keying Template flowchart
15:25 – Advanced Keying Template
40:10 – Advanced Keying Template Compressed
40:55 – Advanced Keying walkthrough script
41:59 – outro


Hey guys,

Sorry for the long overdue tutorial wrapping up this keying series. Here is the advanced keying template video, along with a flowchart and download link to the template scripts, which you can save to your toolsets for your own use in your nuke scripts.

advanced_keying_template_flowchart_3

Here is the Template Flow Chart from the video for you to download and review:

Here is the download to the Advanced Keying Template Package:

Advanced Keying Template Package Download

Or download from Nukepedia

Package contains:
Advanced_Keying_Template_v06_.nk
Advanced_Keying_Template_Compressed_v06_.nk
Advanced_Keying_Template_Walkthrough_v01_.nk


Some of you have asked for source materials for keying practice.  I can provide you with a few free downloads so you can practice.

https://www.thefoundry.co.uk/support/user-guides/#nuke  – download the nuke keying assets

http://www.thefoundry.co.uk/products/nuke/learn1/ – scroll down to 2d compositing | Compositing Basics.  Click on the link that says Download Assets for Basic Workflows (535 MB).  Here you will find the girl and desert  BG found in this tutorial.

https://mango.blender.org/ – Tears of steal open source project.  Free 4K footage for people to download and practice.  Highly recommended.  scroll down to the blog post called ALL 4K FRAMES – NOW AVAILABLE ON XIPH.ORG.



Finally, I want to thank everyone for your continued support, views, shares, comments, and emails.  It all means a lot to me and you’ve certainly motivated me to keep going. Thank you.

As always, if there are any questions, just leave a comment or shoot me an email and I will try my best to respond.  Hopefully with this series of tutorials, and now this template, you guys will be fully equipped to handle even the toughest of keys.

Until next time!

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: 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

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.”