TUTORIAL: Camera Projection in NukeX

Camera Projection Tutorial Timelapse for NukeX

A Timelapse Camera Projection Tutorial for Nuke

The time has come, I have decided to put together a tutorial. It was spurred on by this post, in reference to a timelapse shot being animated with a camera in post. The funny thing is that I’ve used this specific technique on my reel opener a few years back. In this tutorial I will be supplying you with the same source footage I’m using as well as the started and finished Nuke scripts. Contextually speaking, I think it’s really helpful to follow along actively – that means downloading the footage I’m using and doing the work yourself at the same time.

This is the first tutorial I’ve done for the blog, and I plan to do many more so please leave comments or messages to let me know what you think. It was done on the fly, so there are plenty of “ums” and “ahs”, and a few times I even get stumped on things. However, this tutorial will teach you both the basics as well as the mentality behind doing 3D projection timelapse setups. Even if you aren’t a compositor, as a visual filmmaker it’s good to know that you have these options in your proverbial bag of tricks and knowing what’s entailed so when you’re shooting in the field you’ll know how to shoot for post.

If you’d like to download the footage and project files I’ve used, get them at the bottom of this post. 

So without further ado, the tutorial:

part 1 – I give a quick primer on the tutorial and start putting together the Nuke Script

part 2 – We now have our 3D ground plane lined up with our shot, and our camera has been animated

part 3 – We look at the why/how of breaking out elements for correct parallax

part 4 – Once our elements are broken out we need to fix the background with paint

part 5 –

part 6 – Finishing up the tutorial, we wrap up by matting and fixing a moving plant


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  1. thanks for share!

    • Pieter
    • March 30th, 2012 4:59pm

    Thank you for this interesting tut! How do you think multiple cameras recording the same scene, at the same time and recording from different perspective can be used to enhance the overall effect? Thanks for your thoughts.

    • Pieter
    • March 30th, 2012 6:54pm

    The link to the assets download is not working – can you pls post it again or email me the link directly? Thanks.

    • Paul
    • April 12th, 2012 6:38pm

    Hi, The link is not working can you please email me the link directly
    thanks for your assistance,

    • Paul
    • April 12th, 2012 6:39pm

    Hi link is not working can you please send me the link directly
    thanks for your assistance,

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