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2D compositing and visual effects

Nuke's industry-leading nodel toolset making compositing and review faster and easier than ever before

Nodal toolset

With over 200 creative nodes, Nuke delivers everything you need to tackle the diverse challenges of digital compositing. This includes industry-standard keyers, rotoscope, vector paint tools, color correction and so much more.

Deep image compositing in Nuke creates a faster workflow

Deep Image compositing

Deep Image compositing tools let you create and work with images that contain multiple opacity, color and camera-relative depth samples per pixel, so there's no need to re-render CG elements when content changes.

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3D compositing and visual effects

Key feature 3D Camera Tracker for Nuke X and Nuke Studio

3D Camera Tracker

The integrated Camera Tracker in NukeX® and Nuke Studio replicates the motion of a 2D camera with an animated 3D camera or point cloud in Nuke's 3D space, allowing you to composite 2D/3D elements accurately with reference to the original camera used for the shot. Refinement options, advanced 3D feature preview and lens distortion handling improve efficiency and accuracy on the trickiest tracking tasks.

Nuke's 3D workspace feature lets you to do complex compositing easily

3D workspace

Nuke offers a limitless, integrated 3D environment that lets you create and render complex scenes composed of 2D footage, 3D models, cards, basic geometry, cameras, lights, and meshes. Great for camera projections for set replacements and other tasks where you need to simulate a "real" environment.

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3D workspace

Nuke offers a limitless, integrated 3D environment that lets you create and render complex scenes composed of 2D footage, 3D models, cards, basic geometry, cameras, lights, and meshes. Great for camera projections for set replacements and other tasks where you need to simulate a "real" environment.

 

UDIM import

Nuke’s UDIM import lets you pull in a set of texture patches and quickly apply them to the surface of a 3D object. This works beautifully in conjunction with Mari or other compatible 3D texture painting applications.

 

3D Camera Tracker

The integrated Camera Tracker in NukeX® and Nuke Studio replicates the motion of a 2D camera with an animated 3D camera or point cloud in Nuke's 3D space, allowing you to composite 2D/3D elements accurately with reference to the original camera used for the shot. Refinement options, advanced 3D feature preview and lens distortion handling improve efficiency and accuracy on the trickiest tracking tasks.

 

Model Builder

Nuke Studio and NukeX's Model Builder provides an easy way to create 3D models and add them to your image sequences in realistic positions directly in Nuke, using a tracked camera and an input image sequence for visual reference. You can also use other 3D geometry and point clouds as a reference if you already have these for your scene. UV creation within Nuke's Model Builder lets you create seams, or 'unwrap marks', on models as well as use the UV window to refine unwrapped UV's live and in context.

 

3D Particle System

The 3D Particle System in Nuke Studio and NukeX makes it easy to create and manipulate a range of advanced particle effects—like breaking windows, dust, fire and rain—without the need to round-trip with external applications.

 

Point cloud and depth generation

The point cloud tools in Nuke Studio and NukeX let you create a 3D point cloud for easy positioning of lights and 3D objects. The Depth Generator node creates a depth-pass sequence in your scene to help streamline common compositing tasks.

Collaboration

User Presets & Node Toolsets for Nuke

User presets and node toolsets

Nuke’s time-saving user presets enable you to set and save tailored node parameters for effects to use across multiple projects. Node toolsets let you automate your workflow by creating grouped configurations of nodes for specific tasks.

Nuke versioning system allows better functionality between shots and collaborative management for Nuke Studio

Versioning

Nuke's powerful versioning functionality allows you to bring new versions of shots into Nuke Studio's timeline or Nuke's nodegraph and swap between them quickly and easily. This capability makes comparing and reviewing work at different stages, and work done by different artists, simple.

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2D and 3D format support

Nuke supports a wide range of 2D and 3D formats for both reading and writing. 2D includes: DPX, EXR, JPEG, MXF, Quicktime and RAW camera formats (RED raw, ARRI raw, Sony Raw and more). 3D includes: Alembic, FBX and OBJ.

 

Native Flipbook

Enjoy real-time playback in Nuke and NukeX's native Flipbook panel, and the Nuke Studio timeline. Playback features include audio support, numerous view options, blending modes, color sample tools, split wipe tool, gamma and gain sliders, and more.

 

User presets and node toolsets

Nuke’s time-saving user presets enable you to set and save tailored node parameters for effects to use across multiple projects. Node toolsets let you automate your workflow by creating grouped configurations of nodes for specific tasks.

 

Versioning

Nuke's powerful versioning functionality allows you to bring new versions of shots into Nuke Studio's timeline or Nuke's nodegraph and swap between them quickly and easily. This capability makes comparing and reviewing work at different stages, and work done by different artists, simple.

 

Nuke Assist

Current maintenance gives you access to two Nuke Assist licenses with a core set of nodes for performing everyday tasks like paint, roto, 2D and planar tracking. It lets you share essential tasks and scale according to workload. See the Nuke FAQ for more details.

 

Export structure

Nuke Studio’s powerful export structure provides an organized foundation for both individual and collaborative work. Acting as a simple shot-management tool, the structure automates the creation of shared directories and naming conventions to make sharing shots with other artists and managing multiple deliveries fast and simple.

 

Annotations

Annotations allow for clear, effective feedback on shots, adding comp notes and communicating your ideas visually. Draw or write directly in the Nuke Studio viewer on a shot-by-shot basis, then easily share comments with other team members.

 

Review and playback

Review and real-time playback provide a seamless workflow between timeline and effects in Nuke Studio, thanks to core viewer functionality that compares clips, sequences, tracks and versions directly in the A/B viewer.

 

Digital ingest

Digital ingest in Nuke Studio lets you bring any media from your project directly into the media bin. Supporting a full range of 2D and 3D formats, it ensures everything you need is stored and organized in one place.

Editorial

For reviewing within Nuke, Nuke X and Nuke Studio this is a key feature

SDI broadcast monitor support

All Nuke editions provide SDI broadcast monitor support on compatible AJA and Blackmagic SDI-out hardware. With this support, you can accurately check color space and aspect ratios on broadcast content during the review process.

Multi-track timeline for Nuke Studio allows better rendering and compositing timings

Multi-track editorial timeline

Nuke Studio® comes complete with a multi-track editorial timeline that lets you playback, review and edit multi-layered sequences of video, CG and audio tracks. You can stack unlimited tracks containing as many clips as you need and blend tracks to easily create overlays. Create timeline effects and flip them into the node graph, or edit and render compositions right from the timeline.

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SDI broadcast monitor support

All Nuke editions provide SDI broadcast monitor support on compatible AJA and Blackmagic SDI-out hardware. With this support, you can accurately check color space and aspect ratios on broadcast content during the review process.

 

Multi-track editorial timeline

Nuke Studio comes complete with a multi-track editorial timeline that lets you playback, review and edit multi-layered sequences of video, CG and audio tracks. You can stack unlimited tracks containing as many clips as you need and blend tracks to easily create overlays. Create timeline effects and flip them into the node graph, or edit and render compositions right from the timeline.

 

In-timeline Soft Effects

Add powerful GPU-accelerated effects—including grading, keying, and transforms—right on the timeline, in real time. In-timeline Soft Effects let you quickly and easily set up shots, experiment with ideas and interactively refine your work.

 

Editorial tools

Nuke Studio's editorial tools provide easy-to-use, familiar functionality for artists accustomed to standard editorial packages—all accessible on the timeline. Use standard three-point editing techniques to insert and overwrite clips from the source view and retime both linearly and non-linearly right in the timeline.

 

Onlining and conform

Nuke Studio conforms AAFs, EDLs and XMLs into a multi-resolution, multi-track timeline complete with audio. Soft effects in imported XML and AAF files —including nonlinear retiming, transforms and crops— are retained and automatically recreated in Nuke Studio, helping to take the pain out of the conform process.

 

Spreadsheet View

The sophisticated Spreadsheet View in Nuke Studio breaks down every timeline item's source and destination, both for visual feedback and modification. Items selected in the timeline link to selections in the spreadsheet and vice versa. Easily compare online edits against offline sources, and make adjustments to groups by timecode, affording precise control.

 

Media bins

Media bins within Nuke Studio allow for easy access to all shots and media relating to the project, making it fast and easy for you to add, organize, and search through relevant content for a project.

 

Tagging

Nuke Studio's tagging system lets you tag shots and media to make them easier to organize and find. With the tagging abilities, you can add notes, create custom tags and store metadata on shots and clips in the timeline.

 

Comp Containers

Easily create a Nuke comp script directly from the timeline which translates all transforms and soft effects into Nuke nodes. Comp Containers in the timeline link to Nuke scripts for a particular clip, and you can toggle between versions of comp scripts to preview the work in the timeline or jump into the comp environment and makes changes directly.

 

Audio tools

Import .WAV or .AIFF files into your projects and play them back to ensure audio and video align, and give context to shot review and editorial work. View an audio track’s waveform in the timeline and easily adjust using handles or apply cross-fades, fades-in and fades-out.

Performance and pipeline

Python API and PySide for Nuke

Python API and PySide

Available across the entire Nuke® family, the Python API can be used for full pipeline integration and automating common tasks and procedures. PySide is also included to allow users to build custom user interfaces via Python and the Qt frameworks.

OpenColorIO Color Management in Nuke

OpenColorIO color management

With OpenColorIO (OCIO), the open-source color management solution from Sony Picture Imageworks, Nuke can setup a single profile to provide consistent colors across all compatible applications to simplifying the color management process.

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  • Nuke Studio
 

Blink Script

The Blink Script node lets you write your own image processing operations inside Nuke. Create your own CPU or GPU-enabled effects for use in the nodegraph or Nuke Studio's timeline. An API allows C++ plug-in developers to harness Foundry's Blink technology, giving the ability to create faster and more complex effects.

 

Blink GPU acceleration

The Blink framework delivers GPU acceleration inside Nuke, speeding up interactive processing when using tools like Motion Blur, Kronos, Denoise, OFlow, and ZDefocus. If the GPU is unavailable, Nuke will simply revert back to the CPU.

 

Python API and PySide

Available across the entire Nuke family, the Python API can be used for full pipeline integration and automating common tasks and procedures. PySide is also included to allow users to build custom user interfaces via Python and the Qt frameworks.

 

OpenColorIO color management

With OpenColorIO (OCIO), the open-source color management solution from Sony Picture Imageworks, Nuke can setup a single profile to provide consistent colors across all compatible applications to simplifying the color management process.

 

Asset management

The entire Nuke range has the ability to connect to asset management software like ftrack, Shotgun or in-house systems, ensuring smoother collaboration and organization between artists in teams.

 

In-context help

Nuke’s intelligent in-context help system provides an easy-to-use interactive online HTML help that loads in your default browser directly in Nuke. Access a range of help documents and tutorials right in your existing session.

 

Script performance metrics

Cross-platform performance metrics in Nuke help you debug slow scripts and uncover any bottlenecks. Run Nuke from the command line to get the full performance profile for a render in XML format or use the Profile node in a script to capture performance data including CPU time, wall time, number of ops and memory usage.

 

RenderMan Pro Server support

Available in Nuke Studio and NukeX, Pixar RenderMan Pro Server support adds an alternative to the built-in scanline renderer, aligning rendered scenes with the 3D pipeline. Inject and manipulate RIB files and statements to bring in external shaders and RIB sources from your 3D pipeline and render real elements live without going back to 3D.

 

Customizable workspaces

Set up your toolset in a way that works best for you with the six built-in workspaces in Nuke Studio, which cover compositing, editing, finishing, conforming, reviewing and timeline functions. Further customize your workspaces to suit your project.

 

Background rendering

Nuke offers background rendering of comps or sequences directly from the timeline, allowing you to continue working while renders are processed. Built-in Frame Server render farm functionality automatically uses all available resources to enhance speed and performance, either on a single machine or when connected to multiple machines running Nuke Render nodes.