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Author Steve Wright explores the new features found in the 3D digital compositor Nuke 6. The course introduces the RotoPaint node for drawing and painting effects, the Keylight keyer for creating mattes and composites, and the SplineWarp node for warping images. The course also explains how to merge keys, animate with keyframes, and create image-based blurs. Exercise files accompany the course.
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I've dropped in a nice fresh RotoPaint node, so we can take a look at how we draw shapes. To draw a shape, we come up here to the Shape pop-up list. Now right mouse click will show you, you have Bezier, B-Spline, Ellipse, and Rectangle. Let's start with the Bezier. Just click and drag, click and drag, click and drag, click and drag. No modifier keys like the old Bezier node. To close the shape, you can put the cursor on top of the first point you dropped down. You see that little O pop up, or you can just hit the Return key and it'll close it for you.
We'll select another Bezier and if we click without dragging, we'll get a nice cusp or square corner. Again, Return to close the shape. Now if we want to draw a B-Spline, we go to the Shape pop-up and we select the B-Spline tool. Then again we'll click, click, click, click, click, and Return. Now we have a B-Spline. You can also draw circles and squares. So we'll go over to the Shapes pop- up, right mouse, and say Ellipse tool.
Now if I click and drag the Ellipse tool, I could change the shape any way I want. If however, I'll select that tool again, you hold down the Shift key first, then click and drag, you'll get a constrained circle. Let's try the Rectangle. Again, if you just click and drag, you can change the shape of the rectangle. But select another rectangle. If you hold down the Shift key first, you get a perfect square.
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