Nuke 101: Professional Compositing and Visual Effects Paperback – 13 Apr 2011
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This book helped me get up to speed really fast. It is very user friendly and is divided into digestible chapters. It is almost entirely practical as you are performing the steps along side the book. In just a few weeks I feel quite confident using Nuke. I absolutely love this book and would recommend it to anyone new to Nuke!
A word of caution though, the book is written for Nuke 6.2v1 (which the author states in the introduction). I am using Nuke 6.3v4 and in some (rare) cases the steps are a little bit different. This is not an issue except in one case: My version, Nuke 6.3v4, has introduced a bug (overlaying a 3D scene on top of a 2D image using Over in the Viewer Composite Controls does not work), and I could not complete the last part of Chapter 9: The Nuke 3D Engine (pages 268 to 278). This is not the book's fault but a version bug, but I thought I should mention it.
Bottom line: A definite buy for anyone new to Nuke, 5 stars!
I like the way it is written and organized, my sole critic would be on the screenshots : some are hardly readable, due to the Nuke's interface colors... But when sitting in front of a computer, this isn't a big problem anymore.
Thanx mr Ganbar !
Personally I was hoping for some more advance number crunching of the processes, but it provides a solid overview.
It does what it says, it's a crash course in using Nuke.
It goes through all the key points of compositing with lots of examples.
There's a provided DVD with files on to try it yourself.
I think it's a little over priced, considering books such as Ron Brinkmann's The Art and Science of Digital Compositing are a fiver more, yet is so much larger and in depth.
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Even though I read this book cover to cover and did the exercises, I still find myself frequently referring to the Foundry's own Nuke User Guide to obtain basic information I expected to learn from Nuke 101. In the end I felt I should have simply begun with the official User Guide instead, since it actually seemed well written to cover the basics in a thorough, progressive way.
This book does contain some good pointers, but I felt it wasted too much of my time on things that seem to belong more in "Nuke 201" or "Nuke 301" (if they existed), while leaving out some very fundamental stuff a beginning user should know.