Looper is a tool that allows you to create seamless loops of playing clips.
Why is it helpful in production?
Looping is not only a useful way to lengthen clips that are too short to be used in a comp but it is also a great way to save rendering times since only a specific frame range needs to be rendered.
Looper has two looping methods: Dissolve and Morph
Dissolve: Uses a simple Dissolve node to dissolve the input clip between an offset version of the same clip. The offset amount is determined by the number of frames looped. Works great when looping clips with constant/similar movement like rain or snow stock footage.
Morph: Similar to the Dissolve method but instead uses a Kronos node to calculate motion vectors to then generate a morphed loop. Best used with clips containing complex but well defined movement.
- FgMatte input: An optional matte of the foreground can be used which may improve Kronos's motion estimation. (Highly recommended)
- Vector generator settings like Vector Detail and Strength are accessible.
- Avoid Clip End knob: Negatively offsets the input clip to avoid looping unexisting frames before first frame.
- A dynamic text visually indicates the total number of frames being looped.
v1.1 - Fixed FgMatte (foreground matte) input. Added output knob (Result, Matte, Foreground, Background)
How to install:
- Place the “Damian_Binder” folder inside your .nuke folder.
- Add this to your init.py file located in your .nuke folder:
# DAMIAN BINDER TOOLS
- Add this to your menu.py file also located in your .nuke folder:
# DAMIAN BINDER TOOLS
toolbar = nuke.toolbar('Nodes')
m = toolbar.addMenu('DamianBinder', icon='DamianBinderNukeLogo.png')
m.addCommand('Looper', 'nuke.createNode(\'Looper\')', icon='Looper_Icon.png')
*** If you don't have init.py and menu.py files inside your .nuke folder, just copy and paste the ones provided.
*** If the folder “Damian_Binder” already exists in your .nuke folder (because of already installed tools by Damian Binder like HeatWave for example), move the 'Looper' folder (located inside the downloaded “Damian_Binder” folder) to the already installed “Damian_Binder” folder.
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