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Nuke 101: Professional Compositing and Visual Effects Paperback – April 23, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0321733474 ISBN-10: 9780321733474 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (April 23, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780321733474
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321733474
  • ASIN: 0321733479
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.7 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #159,835 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

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.
Brenton Covington
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.
Bryan Scibelli
Clearly written and easy to follow, although a little more foundation in the basics of compositing might be useful before tackling this book.
chas

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By chas on June 9, 2011
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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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sing on August 13, 2012
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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!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nathan Stueve on February 1, 2014
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bryan Scibelli on January 24, 2013
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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.
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By Cathy Blanco on July 5, 2014
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Great introduction to Nuke plus handy reference! I use this book all the time as a Nuke developer/technical director.
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By citi mastercard on May 26, 2014
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the product is exactly that the seller says in description. Good price. I love it!. Good quality. easy to donwload
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