Nuke Node Reference - MetaData Nodes

Nuke - Node Reference - MetaData Nodes

taught by Ganz Ramalingam
  • 5 Videos
  • 0.4 hrs

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Nuke - Node Reference - Image Nodes

Course description

One of the most frustrating things about learning a new software is that the information you seek isn't always presented in a logically manner and often there is no structure to the free demos you find on the internet. Moreover the documentation can be quite daunting if you have no prior experience with the Software.

In this series, I am going to go thru each node in nuke, explaining its use and providing you with useful examples and also highlighting bugs and work arounds.

Videos are bite sized so there is no need to to be scrubbing around to find the information you are looking for.

This Masterclass covers the MetaData nodes: ViewMetaData, CompareMetaData, ModifyMetaData, CopyMetaData & AddTimeCode

Please note!
- Demos will be updated till the final release of Nuke 11.
- no Project Files

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Ganz Ramalingam
Ganz Ramalingam
Advanced Visual Effects Compositing Program Lead

Ganz has taught 128 students since joining Lost Boys.
He has 98.2% placement rate within the VFX Industry.

His students have gone on to work as Compositors, Roto Artist, RotoPaint Artist, BG Prep Artists, Lighters, Matte Painters, and as Stereo Compositors on over 250 Hollywood movies and 50 TV shows.

His Students have been employed by ILM Vancouver, Double Negative Vancouver/London, MPC Vancouver/Montreal, Digital Domain 3.0 Vancouver, Sony Pictures Imageworks Vancouver, Method Studios Vancouver, Scanline VFX Vancouver, Imagine Engine, Cinesite Montreal, Framestore London/Montreal, BUF Compagnie Montreal, Zoic Studios Vancouver, Stargate Vancouver, Psyop Vancouver, Vitality VFX, Hydraulx Vancouver, RVX Iceland, Luma Pictures Australia, Soho VFX, Spin VFX, Mr.X, Rodeo FX, Atomic Fiction, Prime Focus World Vancouver, Gener8, Ghost VFX, Stereo D Toronto, CoSA VFX Vancouver, CVD VFX, Airbud Entertainment, Western Post, DHX Media, Global BC, The White Rabbit Animation Inc, Rainmaker Entertainment, Nitrogen Studios, Atmosphere VFX, The Sequence Group, Side Street Post, Goldtooth Creative, Arctic Air Productions.

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Rodrigo Sapag Novoa - Compositor
Ganz is definitely one of the best teachers I have ever had in my life, and a great inspiration for me. Besides being a great instructor in VFX and having an extremely broad knowledge in all subjects, he is a great person who always seeks the best for his students, Ganz helped me personally to solve many problems, related to my VFX shots and also gave me a lot of advices about the industry and work, something that I really appreciate. This year being a student of Ganz I could notice that he really enjoys and likes what he does and is something that can really be seen reflected in the success and work of his students.

Hillary Huong Vu - Compositor
Ganz is one of my favorite and the best instructors I have ever had. In one year under his guide, I have learned not only a lot about VFX to be an artist, but also how to have a balanced life as an artist. I find it very interesting of the way he converts the most complicated VFX knowledge into a very practical and easy-to-understand for students. He proves learning is fun the more you get deeper. This only shows he is indeed a passionate instructor and a dedicated mentor. Ganz truly cares about every single student he has taught. To me, he was the one made my time at Lost Boys more wholesome.Becoming a VFX artist could be a long and hard journey, but if you are fortunate to have Ganz as your instructor, that journey will be a fun one!

Danielle Murray - Compositor
Sometimes I forget that Ganz is an actual person and not a robot with almost as much knowledge as Google, when it comes to the VFX industry. Then he proceeds to tell a bad joke and I remember that he is in fact human. Once Ganz becomes your instructor he doesn’t just teach you about compositing. He teaches you about the VFX industry, photography, lighting, modeling, and life in general. Prodding his brain and asking him questions was one of my most enjoyable experiences at Lost Boys because his detailed answers always made me feel as though I had learned so much.

Kate Lin - Compositor
I've know Ganz for only one short year, and he already has changed myself tremendously. His way of teaching students Compositing is beyond any learning intuitions I have ever experienced. He can turn a complicated concept into a simple math equation, and guide students through difficult Comp by using easily-understood methods. He never stops improving and learning even with his already strong knowledge on both 3D and compositing. Furthermore, he cares greatly for all of his students. Ganz will always give you life lectures on how to be a strong artist and be happy in life. I am grateful to have Ganz as my instructor, and I 100% recommend Ganz without a doubt.

Andri Valdez - Compositor
Ganz is hands down the best instructor I have ever had. The best thing about him is not his knowledge that he shares with us, even though I'm starting to believe we only got to see the tip of the iceberg, but his passion to teach and get his students ready for the real life in the vfx industry. If you are looking for a jump start in the vfx world, he is the instructor you are looking for. His lectures don't only focused on the technical point of compositing, He teaches proper work ethics and over all great life advises that will be useful through out your career. He truly is Ganz the great!

Gabriel Escobar - Rotopaint Artist
It's curious to look back and realize how much I learned with Ganz about Nuke and the visual effects industry in such a short amount of time. Ganz manages to take the concept of teaching to a whole new level. He makes complex subjects more appealing and keep finding ways to innovate his lectures for every new class, so the projects always feel authentic and challenging. He is a happy, disciplined and great guy to be around and he's pretty much like a VFX encyclopedia. Sometimes he shares his knowledge into the form of a phrase or joke, so make sure to note them down! It might help you out, during your journey in the industry.

Ganz is and I think will always be the greatest teacher I have ever had. I have never seen one person so dedicated to his teachings. I learned so much in those 10 months I was at Lost Boys, more than I could ever imagine. I came in with no experience and was close to giving up a million times but Ganz really gave his time to help me it was not like yeah just do this and that and then he left, he actually stayed and explaned in the best way to do things. Nuke is a complicated software and can really push your nerves but Ganz managed to make the lectures fun and understandable. It's not just about Nuke it's about everything connected to the industry and he offers his help both during school and after you graduate. People who consider to study at Lost Boys should not hesitate for one minute if they have the opportunity to go there!

Katrin Inga Frantz - Compositor
Ganz is hands down the most hard working instuctors I've had. He goes out of his way to help his students and seems to always have the answers to your problems, wether it's VFX related or general life advice. He's there for his students day and night, even after they graduate.

Mara Angioletti - Compositor
Not just a great teacher, he’s more like Google when you’re looking for an answer! I studied Compositing at Lost Boys School of Visual Effects in 2016-2017 where Ganz was my teacher. I found that one of his most beautiful traits is that he is not just teaching you the technical skills you need to have to enter into the industry, but also he’s always sharing with you his passion and his knowledge that includes more than how to use a software and how to get your work done. It’s about the industry how things work, how the pipeline works, what the roles are and many other aspect of Visual Effects. He is more like a mentor than a teacher and if you are a curious person you’ll learn a great deal listening to his lessons. He will prepare you to get your foot into the industry as an artist with the skill set you will need. He’s always available for a chat and a laugh, or a drink after school where he’ll keep sharing his knowledge with you. I learnt a lot from him and the type of career path you can have: I would definitely recommend Ganz and Lost Boys.

Peter Fastbom - Compositor
Teaching Visual Effects is a very difficult task, but Ganz is really pulling it off! I've never had a teacher that cares so much about his students. Ganz's vast knowledge in the field of both Compositing and CGI makes him the perfect visual effects teacher, having experience on both ends of the VFX spectrum. This guy can turn people in to compositors, regardless if the student have prior experience or not. I came to lost boys with no experience in nuke, and 1 year later I could work in the software by myself. He was always happy to help out and answer questions, regardless if the question was directly related to what we were doing. So if you want to learn compositing, this is your guy! I could never have asked for a better teacher to teach me the art of compositing. Thanks Ganz!

Shira Malamud - Compositor
Ganz is by far the best teacher I had for Visual Effects. He has an endless amount of knowledge and more importantly an endless amount of patience. He often stays past his working hours and does it all with a smile on his face. He truly prepares students for the “real life” – besides the professional and technical aspect, he gives a lot of weight to work ethics and gives the students useful tools and tips to succeed in their daily life. You can see that he has a passion for this field and a willing to improve this industry by creating professional and reliable students, which eventually make the industry a better one.

Eduardo Bivar - Compositor
It is my great honour to recommend Mr. Ganz Ramalingam for he is genuinely the best Instructor I ever had. As my Instructor at the Advanced Visual Effects Compositing Program at the Lost Boys School of Visual Effects, Vancouver - BC. I found him to be uniquely capable of capturing every student's attention and helping us learn confidently. His methodologies assisted us seeing Compositing in depth and from many crucial perspectives, Industry Studies and discussions about the Future of VFX Technologies, being essential topics. Comments from all of my classmates confirm that I am not alone in this impression. Invariably helps students beyond his regular schedule, taking the time to try and deeply understand the subtleties of teaching VFX to a very culturally heterogeneous industry. Making all of us recognize that the purpose of a guru is to introduce you to your own light. He always put his heart, mind and soul even on the smallest acts. Know what? Screw this formality! We love you Ganz. Thank you for being this wise human being and such a inspiring instructor

Jina Yoon - Compositor
Ganz is one of those rare instructors, who truly care about their students. He is willing to spend his extra time over day and night, just to answer his students' questions and solve their problems. He always tries his best to understand each of the students and find what is the best for them. He even knows how to give his students hard critiques so that students can understand and improve their works. I can not see Lost Boys Studios without Ganz. He is absolutely an amazing instructor.

If I quickly have to sum up Ganz both as a mentor and individual, dedication, knowledge, kindness and open mindedness come in mind. Ganz is one of those rare teachers who leave a remarkable and lasting positive imprint on his students. I was fortunate to be one of them and it’s simply impossible to summarize the amount of skills and techniques I’ve learnt and improved during the 8 month intense program at Lost Boys Studios. As many mentioned before, Ganz always dedicated a lot of extra time and energy for us, he was always helpful, motivating and pushed us to look for alternate solutions and therefore strengthen our creative problem solving skills. Needless to say that with his many years of experience he is a walking encyclopedia of "digital imagery" and is always up to date with everything that is going on in the field. Besides the teaching aspect, it was always a pleasure and fun to talk to Ganz, he has a vast knowledge not only in the world of digital imagery and a great sense of humour as well. He made us "ready" for whatever will be expected from us in the industry.

Andrew Zeller - Compositor
Thanks to Ganz, I got an awesome compositing job right after graduation from the Lost Boys School of VFX. I work at a studio specializing in beauty work and digital makeup, where I'm not only able to rotoscope, but also able to do paintouts, keying, and 3D compositing. I wouldn't be prepared to do these diverse tasks without his demos or the times he answered my questions after class. I had very little experience in visual effects when I started the program, but he has nearly limitless knowledge to share that is highly focused and practical, equipping every student with the skills and resources they will need for the exciting VFX industry. Ganz is more than a highly qualified instructor and teacher: he is a wise mentor. He cares about his students' success and well-being even after they graduate. You are truly fortunate if you have the opportunity to learn from him.

Isaac Barter - Compositor
Ganz, is an incredibly dedicated, and thorough teacher. He puts in many hours past what he is expected to, and continues to learn at home so that he can know more regarding any aspect of Visual Effects. One of the best teacher's I have had to date, and on top of being an excellent teacher is also an entertaining one.

Adarsh Langthasa - Compositor 
Ganz is an excellent, hardworking instructor and one of the smartest people I know. He goes well beyond his capacity to make sure that his students achieve the best results and that every student was performing well. He is also an highly accomplished professional with wide range of backgrounds having more than decade of experience in the field of VFX, Web-Design & 3D Animation and is always willing spend to time with students beyond school hours to share his knowledge & experiences in the industry. It's been a great pleasure to have had him as my instructor at Lost Boys.

Andrew Barrie - Compositor
Ganz is a dedicated, hardworking, and most of all friendly and kind teacher. He was always willing to sit down, one on one, and help students understand anything that might be giving them trouble. If you asked, he could talk for hours about his insights and experience on a wide range of VFX topics, and I always felt like I could go to him for help. Ganz was as much a friend as he was mentor. He made sure to not only give us the knowledge we needed to succeed, but the support and tools we needed, as well. He was honest and candid about the industry, and made sure to prepare us to the best of his abilities for our careers, both in and out of the workplace.