Backdrop

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A Backdrop is a flat colored sheet that can be placed behind a bunch of nodes. This is useful for making a complex script easier to read. I use backdrops in many of my. The other useful thing about a backdrop, is that its entire contents can be moved about by simply dragging on its header bar.

Colored backdrops in a node graph.

Backdrops can be color coded. The color coding convention this course employs is:

Color Codes for Backdrops
Color Function
Grey Mattes
Blue CG
Green Live action footage
Yellow Made in Nuke
Pink Other

These colors are shown in the code snippet below:


Press 'Expand' and select and copy everything below this line, then paste into the Nuke node graph.

set cut_paste_input [stack 0]
version 9.0 v7
BackdropNode {
 inputs 0
 name CG
 tile_color 0x5f7a8701
 gl_color 0x5f7a8701
 label CG
 note_font "Arial Black"
 note_font_size 20
 selected true
 xpos 6170
 ypos -567
 bdwidth 200
 bdheight 174
}
BackdropNode {
 inputs 0
 name "Live Action"
 tile_color 0x51714d01
 gl_color 0x51714d01
 label "Live Action"
 note_font "Arial Black"
 note_font_size 20
 selected true
 xpos 6390
 ypos -567
 bdwidth 200
 bdheight 174
}
BackdropNode {
 inputs 0
 name Matte
 tile_color 0x77777701
 gl_color 0x77777701
 label Matte
 note_font "Arial Black"
 note_font_size 20
 selected true
 xpos 5950
 ypos -567
 bdwidth 200
 bdheight 174
}
BackdropNode {
 inputs 0
 name Nuke
 tile_color 0x87854701
 gl_color 0x87854701
 label Nuke
 note_font "Arial Black"
 note_font_size 20
 selected true
 xpos 6610
 ypos -567
 bdwidth 200
 bdheight 174
}
BackdropNode {
 inputs 0
 name Other
 tile_color 0xae787801
 gl_color 0xae787801
 label Other
 note_font "Arial Black"
 note_font_size 20
 selected true
 xpos 6830
 ypos -567
 bdwidth 200
 bdheight 174
}