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Nuke 101: Professional Compositing and Visual Effects Paperback – 13 Apr 2011

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (13 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780321733474
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321733474
  • ASIN: 0321733479
  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 1.8 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 478,446 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Having used After Effects for four years, switching to Nuke was a little challenging as it is node-based as opposed to layer-based. The interface was completely new, some naming conventions were different and I felt a bit lost at first, which is normal when learning new software.

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!
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I had to "migrate" from Fusion to Nuke, this book is the perfect reference I needed to get started. I found very usefull to have a real, physical book, so I can read it away from the computer to grasp the global ideas, concepts and 'philosophy' of Nuke. I Then read it again at my desk to practise and check I grabbed everything right.
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 !
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If you're new to Nuke, or maybe converting from Shake, or even new to compositing, you'll enjoy this book.
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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By JT on 20 Jan. 2013
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It's quite good for beginers I just wish the supplied tutorials were more realistic not so easy so that when you try to apply the same principals to your own work it would be easier to work out.
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HASH(0x99855990) out of 5 stars Fills a sorely needed void 9 Jun. 2011
By chas - Published on Amazon.com
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There was no Nuke specific book prior to this edition, and "Nuke 101" fills a much needed gap. Clearly written and easy to follow, although a little more foundation in the basics of compositing might be useful before tackling this book. Recommended for intermediate users, or those looking to transition from one compositor to Nuke. Highly recommended if you are looking to quickly get up to speed in Nuke.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99051dbc) out of 5 stars Like it, but too many typos and design flaws 13 Aug. 2012
By Sing - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Nuke 101 is a very good book to the greenhorn Nuke student, including yours truly. I only wished the author had a better proofreader, or re-read the book before publishing. It contains many typos which led to wrong words being used, which led to confusion. Just so I'm not seemingly blowing hot air, on page 54 after Step 7, it reads: "Let's SET the Animation Curve...", the word I believe was meant to be "SEE" as in "Let's "SEE" the Animation Curve...", because it (the Animation Curve) never gets "SET", there is no instruction to "SET" anything, then "... you can "SEE" the curve you just created..." after which it's off to step 8... No mention of "setting" anything. That's one of many typos... I do appreciate the multitude of color pictures illustrating the lessons, and the author's motivation was in the right place, but their visibility was mediocre to poor: black type and black graphic lines on medium gray backgrounds? That made the images' information unnecessarily difficult to see clearly. (On a side note - Nukes' default is a medium dark gray background. Graphically speaking, they - NUKE's designers - are starting at the worst possible place in terms of contrast and legibility. Can you imagine THIS review using a dark gray background while I type in black? It would be UNNECESSARILY difficult to read. Good, LEGIBLE contrast is black type on white. Nuke is trying too hard to be "design-y". C'mon guys, just make it legible!) That being said, the author (or his book designer) could have made the call to have all his screen captures adjusted for legibility's sake: he may have considered making the images slightly larger to compensate. Or do what I did in Nuke, I went to its preferences and made the background in the dialog boxes a light gray. Those shortcomings aside, I would still recommend this book. Thank you Ron Ganbar!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98e99120) out of 5 stars Poor as a Basic Introduction to Nuke 2 Feb. 2014
By Nathan Stueve - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
It seems fair to expect any book called "Nuke 101" will endeavor to familiarize the reader with the most essential tools and methods they can expect to encounter using the software, with more advanced topics covered in a supplementary way. What this book delivers instead seemed to me like a fairly inconsistent smattering of information, with quite a few page-consuming deviations into highly specific, complex scenarios a beginning user will most likely never encounter.

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.
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HASH(0x995705ac) out of 5 stars Great Nuke Reference 24 Jan. 2013
By Bryan Scibelli - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Ron Ganbar's approach of direct project based examples are great for the beginner as well as the already established user to view techniques and approaches to various shots. The specific use of the tool set in Nuke for the various projects in the book allow for someone who has never touched the software before to jump right in and get a feel for how the node based compositing system works. The helpful notes in the book help to showcase how the general concepts of compositing are used in Nuke which helps to clarify the process if you are making the jump to Nuke from other compositing software. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is working Nuke already or if you will be moving into Nuke from another compositing application.
HASH(0x99c559cc) out of 5 stars Great Overview 10 Jun. 2013
By Brenton Covington - Published on Amazon.com
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This gave me the info I needed to get up and running with Nuke. I had experience with Shake so I knew away around a node based compositor, this was an easy transition. I also didn't use Nuke for 9 months after reading this book and when I came back to it, I had the info I needed to get my composite done.
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