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You can add soft effects to your timeline in any of the workspaces. A soft effect is a real-time effect, processed on GPU instead of CPU.
You can add custom plug-in or gizmo soft effects to the Add Effect menu using Python. Valid custom soft effects must have a GPUEngine implementation using DD::Image::Iop::gpuEngine type functions. For more information see Nuke's NDK Reference Guide.
Soft Effects must also be registered after creation. An example of how to register a plug-in or gizmo as a custom soft effect is located in:
Available Soft Effects
Below is a brief summary of the available soft effects. These are similar to the tools in Hiero's Node Graph. See the Nuke Online Help for more information about them.
Allows you to translate, rotate, scale, and skew shots from a single control panel.
Allows you to flip the input image around the center of the format area. A flip on the x axis mirrors the image vertically. A flop on the y axis mirrors the image horizontally.
Allows you to cut out the unwanted portions of the image area. You can fill the cropped portion with black or adjust the image output format to match the cropped image.
Allows you to slow down, speed up, or even reverse selected frames in a clip without necessarily altering its overall length. Sequences imported from .xml and .aff files also support non-linear retimes.
Warning: TimeWarp effects are only allowed on tracks with clips as they are linked to the clips.
Allows you to define white and black points by sampling pixels from the Viewer. For example, you can use this for matching foreground plates to background plates.
Allows you to uses the OpenColorIO library to load a colorspace conversion from a file (usually a 1D or 3D LUT) and apply it. You can also load other file-based transformations, for example an ASC ColorCorrection XML.
Allows you to apply an ASC CDL (American Society of Cinematographers Color Decision List) grade based on the OpenColorIO Library. For more information, see http://opencolorio.org
Allows you to convert images from one colorspace to another, for example from Nuke’s native colorspace to other color spaces more appropriate to a given process or intended display device. This supports RGB, HSV, YUV, CIE, and CMS formats (and various sub-formats). It can adjust for different primaries, white point, and different encodings.
Allows you to make quick adjustments to saturation, contrast, gamma, gain, and offset. You can apply these to a clip’s master (entire tonal range), shadows, midtones, or highlights.
You can control the range of the image that is considered to be in the shadows, midtones, and highlights using the lookup curves on the Ranges tab. However, do not adjust the midtone curve - midtones are always equal to 1 minus the other two curves.
Allows you to add text overlays on your images. You can simply type in the text you want to have displayed or use Tcl expressions (such as [metadata values]) or Tcl variables to create a text overlay. Text overlays can also be animated using animation layers in the Groups tab, so that their properties (such as position, size, and color) change over time.
Allows you to quickly add standard burn-in elements on the timeline. You can control the color, opacity, font, scale, and so on, as well as use the dropdowns to determine what element is added from the file or sequence metadata.
You can also reference custom metadata from shots. For example:
Extracts the Approved tag from the shot. You can also append note to include any notes associated with the tag:
Note: You must precede spaces and slashes in the tag name with \\ (backslashes) to enable Hiero to process the tag name correctly. For example:
You can also add burn-in through the Export dialog, see Adding Burn-in Text to Exports for more information.
Allows you to pull a quick chroma key from green or bluescreen areas of your footage.
Use the screen color selector to choose a color from the Source input to use as the blue/green screen color. To remove blue/green spill from the foreground object, use the despill controls to pick skin tones from the source. Use the matte parameters to improve the matte.
Allows you to run Foundry's Blink framework on the timeline, enabling you to write code once and run it on any supported device.
Warning: BlinkScript is very flexible, as there are no restrictions on the code you can write within a kernel. As a result, code complied from the Kernel Source can cause Nuke to crash, so please use caution!
The BlinkScript soft effect supports a subset of the functionality available in the full BlinkScript node:
• You can't publish your kernels to Groups or Gizmos.
• Due to the way stacks of soft effects are processed in Hiero, the BlinkScript soft effect only contains one input source and produces only one output.
• Currently, the BlinkScript soft effect only supports eAccessPoint data access, which means that only one point from the input can be accessed at a time, and only one point from the output can be written, for each iteration position.
• The following functions are not supported by the BlinkScript effect:
• abs for integer types
• modf(a, *b)
• max, min, and clamp for integer types
• median, atomicInc and atomicAdd.
• The only data types supported by the BlinkScript effect are int, float, and bool.
Note: The BlinkScript soft effect supports both pixel-wise and component-wise kernels, but the former is preferred for performance reasons. For more information about this and a more detailed description of the language, see https://learn.foundry.com/nuke/developers/113/BlinkKernels/
Adding Sequence-Level Soft Effects
Warning: Please keep in mind the following:
• Sequence-level soft effects are only permitted on the same track as clips if they're trimmed to exactly match the in and out points of individual clips. In this case, each effect is linked to a specific clip.
• Soft effects can be trimmed arbitrarily if they're on tracks with no clips.
As well as adding soft effects using the spreadsheet view (see next section), the timeline provides some additional ways to add soft effects. You can either:
• Right-click a shot on the timeline, select Effects and then select the soft effect you want to apply, or
• Select a shot on the timeline, click the Add Effect button to the left of the timeline, and then select the soft effect you want to apply.
Note: You can add a soft effect to multiple shots by selecting the required shots first and then right-clicking on one of them and selecting the soft effect you want to add. A soft effect is added to each of the selected shots. You can also add a single soft effect for the whole track by right-clicking on the track header and then selecting the soft effect you want to add.
Note: TimeWarp effects are only allowed on tracks with clips (and therefore linked to clips).
Using the Spreadsheet View
You can add soft effects using the spreadsheet view in any workspace by doing the following:
|1.||To open the spreadsheet view in any workspace, select Window > New Spreadsheet View.|
|2.||Right-click a sequence in the bin view.|
This opens a context menu.
|3.||If the spreadsheet view is not already populated in the context menu, select Open In > Spreadsheet View.|
This loads the sequence in the spreadsheet view that you previously opened.
|4.||Right-click an event from the list in the spreadsheet view and select Effects to open a list of all available soft effects.|
|5.||Select the required soft effect from the Effects list.|
The sequence-level soft effect is then displayed above the shot and is color coordinated. For example, if the effect appears in green on the timeline, the corresponding effect properties are highlighted in the same color in the Properties pane.
When you insert a soft effect, its properties panel opens automatically. If you have it open, the effect properties panel displays in the Properties pane. If the Properties pane is not open, the effect's properties panel appears as a floating dialog.
Adding Shot-Level Soft Effects
Warning: Soft effects added at shot-level, must match the length of the shot on the locked track. Any soft effect that is trimmed beyond the end of a shot, or a different length from the shot is marked with red hashing to show that it is invalid.
You can add shot-level soft effects on the timeline, by doing the following:
|1.||Right-click the shot that you want to add a soft effect to.|
|2.||Select Open In > Timeline View.|
|3.||Click the Effects menu icon and select the soft effect you want to apply. For example, you can select Grade.|
The soft effect is then displayed above the shot as a colored box.
When you close the timeline view of the shot – as it is a shot-level soft effect – the soft effect is displayed as a colored line within the top of the shot. The color of the line displayed reflects the highest soft effect added to the shot.
Soft Effect Controls
Adding an effect displays the associated controls in the Properties panel, similar to Hiero nodes. Adjusting the controls affects the shots underneath the effect in real-time. For example, adding a Grade effect at sequence level displays the Grade controls in the Properties panel.
See the Reference Guide in Hiero's Online Help for more information on node controls.
If you intend to animate soft effect controls using keyframes, you can use the Curve Editor and Dope Sheet to fine-tune the output. To add the Curve Editor or Dope Sheet to the interface, navigate to Window and select the required panel.
See the Animating Parameters in Hiero's Online Help for more information on node controls.
Editing Sequence-Level Soft Effects
You can copy, move, and cut soft effects just like you can with shots in the timeline. You can perform these actions by either accessing them from Edit in the right-click menu, or by using the keyboard shortcuts. You can copy soft effects to different tracks, and different sequences, but not different projects.
You can move a sequence-level soft effect by simply clicking and dragging the soft effect to a different shot, or even onto a different video track.
Hiero allows you to copy a sequence-level soft effect above the original to create a stack, to a different track, or to a different sequence. You can also copy a sequence-level soft effect to a shot open in the timeline view, therefore pasting it as a shot-level soft effect. You can copy a soft effect by doing the following:
|1.||Select the soft effect you want to copy by clicking it.|
|2.||Select Edit > Copy (or Ctrl/Cmd+C).|
|3.||Move the playhead to where you want to paste the copy.|
|4.||Select Edit > Paste (or Ctrl/Cmd+V).|
Hiero allows you to clone a sequence-level soft effect. This copies the soft effect and links it to the original, which means when one of these is edited, the changes are reflected in the other one. You can clone a soft effect to a different track or even a different sequence. You cannot clone a soft effect in different projects.
To clone a soft effect:
|1.||Select the soft effect you want to clone by clicking on it.|
|2.||Select Edit > Copy (or press Ctrl/Cmd+C).|
|3.||Move the playhead on the timeline to where you want to place the new clone.|
|4.||Select Edit > Clone (or press Alt+K).|
The new clone is placed at the current playhead position on the timeline. You can repeat steps 3 and 4 to create multiple clones that are all linked, at different places on the timeline.
Clones are indicated by a C highlighted in red in the left of the soft effect.
Note: Cloning animation in soft effects is not supported.
Copying as Clone
You can also copy a sequence-level soft effect as a clone. This means, when you paste a new copy of the soft effect above a selected shot, it is automatically linked to the original soft effect as a clone. Therefore, any changes made to either of the cloned soft effects, are reflected in the other.
To copy a soft effect as a clone, do the following:
|1.||Select the soft effect you want to copy as a clone by clicking on it.|
|2.||Select Edit > Copy as Clones (or press Ctrl/Cmd+K).|
|3.||Click on the shot that you want to clone the soft effect to.|
|4.||Select Edit > Paste (or press Ctrl/Cmd+V).|
The soft effect is copied as a clone on your selected shot. You can repeat steps 3 and 4 to create multiple clones that are all linked above different selected shots.
Clones are indicated by a C highlighted in red in the left of the soft effect.
Note: Cloning animation in soft effects is not supported.
To declone a soft effect, simply click on the clone you want to declone and select Edit > Declone (or press Alt+Shift+K).
Note: For more information about copying, moving, and cutting soft effects, see Timeline Editing Tools .
To delete a soft effect, simply right-click on it and select Edit > Delete (or press Backspace).
Editing Shot-Level Soft Effects
To edit a shot-level soft effect, you first need to open the shot with the applied soft effect, in the timeline view. You can do this by right-clicking the shot and selecting Open In > Timeline View. You can then copy, delete or move the shot-level soft effect in exactly the same way as sequence-level soft effects.
You can copy and paste the shot-level soft effect on top of the original, creating a stack in the timeline view. When you close the timeline view, stacked shot-level soft effects are displayed as a single line within the top of the shot. Hiero allows you to copy a shot-level soft effect, return to the full sequence, and then paste it as a sequence-level soft effect. You can also paste a shot-level soft effect to another shot open in the timeline view.
Note: You cannot clone shot-level soft effects.
Enabling and Disabling Soft Effects
You can choose to disable and re-enable soft effects from the output. To enable or disable a sequence-level soft effect, select the soft effect by clicking on the colored box and then pressing D. To enable or disable a shot-level soft effect, you first need to open the shot – that includes the soft effect – in the timeline view. Then you can select the soft effect and press D.
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