Fade Expressions in Nuke

Inspired by David Emney’s wave expressions for Nuke (https://davemne.wordpress.com/2011/05/16/nuke-wave-expressions-to-copy-and-paste/) I’ve compiled a handful of fade-in/out expressions.

All expressions return values from zero to one, to flip simply subtract them from 1, add/subtract/multiply/divide applied to the outermost level of the expression will allow tweaking the min/max values.

I’m not sure when these might be preferable to keyframe/curve based animation. At first I planned to multiply one against another expression to fade in a camera stabilize, I found that a more “art-directable” solution is to multiply the expression against a custom knob which you can animate as per usual.

Linear

Very straightforward

clamp((frame-fadeStart)/(fadeEndfadeStart)

Slow-in Slow-Out

Clamping the frame range within an sine wave can give us a classic S curve. Let me know if you have a more elegant solution – this was mostly trial and error.

(sin(clamp(((frame-startFrame)*pi)/(endFramestartFrame) – pi/2 , -pi/2 , pi/2 ) )+1) /2

Slow-in Linear-Out

The next two are complementary halves of the sine expression.

sin(clamp(((frame-startFrame)*pi)/((endFrame-startFrame)*2)-pi/2,-pi/2,0))+1

Linear-in Slow-Out

sin(clamp(((frame-(startFrame*2-endFrame))*pi)/((endFramestartFrame)*2)-pi/2,0,pi/2))

I ended up not using these for what I originally planned so I’d be interested to hear if anyone does find a use for them.

– Ozols