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Industry-leading node-based compositing

The ultimate tool for solo artists looking to create high-quality visual effects, at an accessible price


Multi-shot management, editorial, compositing and review

With Nuke Studio at its core, Nuke Indie is the perfect creative hub for all your projects, offering improved control and transparency over each thanks to an editorial, conform and review environment.

Powerful VFX compositing software

Nuke Indie delivers the same experience as Nuke to help you tackle the diverse challenges of digital compositing, with just a few limitations. Expect over 200 creative nodes, including industry-standard keyers, 3D camera tracking, 360 video stitching, and much more.

Seamless node-based compositing for complex projects

Visually organise and manage complex projects with ease thanks to Nuke’s industry-leading node graph and take on any scale of project with confidence thanks to powerful resolution independent floating-point processing.

Export projects in high-quality 4K

Deliver on your solo projects with the same finish and finesse as the industry’s leading VFX studios by exporting your creations in high-quality 4K.

Control Unreal renders inside Nuke

Now available in Nuke Indie, the UnrealReader node allows you to control renders coming out of Unreal Engine, combining real time and compositing workflows. Whether you choose to isolate objects into different render layers or override the Unreal camera, UnrealReader has everything you need in the right place.

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Nuke Indie Benefits

Power, speed and flexibility at a more affordable price
  • • Crank up your creative toolkit using the industry’s most powerful node-based compositing software
Join the Nuke community
  • • Be part of the global community of artists and explore, excel, empower—together
Create award winning projects
  • • Broaden your horizons with the same tool and features used in the creation of award-winning blockbusters and boxsets
Scale your projects, seamlessly
  • • Take on bigger, more complex projects with confidence thanks to advanced compositing tools like Keylight, 3D CameraTracker, toolsets for clean up, retiming and much more


New in Nuke 15.1 

Nuke 15.1 delivers future-facing pipeline tools, with OpenAssetIO, full OTIO round-trip support, and custom USD versions. Plus BlinkScript updates, improved Review, CopyCat training, and more for greater artist control. 

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Compare Nuke Indie

  • Usage
  • For Commercial Use
    Eligible users earning up to $100k per year
  • For Use in Pipelines
  • Licensing Model
    Single-user login
    Single-user login
    Node Locked / Floating (Multi User support)
  • Online Access Required
  • Version Timeout After 180 Days
  • Customer Support
    Community Only
    Licensing and Exclusive Community
    Full Customer Support
  • Feature Support
  • Supported Export Resolutions
    up to 1080p
    up to 4k
  • Read Support for Nuke (.nk) and Hiero (.hrox) projects and Gizmos (.gz)
  • Save Support for Nuke (.nk) and Hiero (.hrox) projects and Gizmos (.gz)
    Saved project files can only be read by Nuke Non-commercial
    Saved project and data files can only be read by Nuke Indie
  • All Core Compositing Nodes
    Primatte and Ultimatte not available
  • Advanced NukeX Plug-ins
    Some Nodes and/or node functionality, have been restricted
  • Timeline Playback and Versioning Support
  • Ingest and Conform
    All formats except H.264 and AAC compressed audio
  • EDL / XML Export Support
  • LUT Export Support
    MatchGrade will not export LUTs. GenerateLUT disabled
  • Geometry Export
    WriteGeo node export disabled
  • SDI Monitor Out and VR Headset Support
  • H.264 (AVC) Variants Support
  • AAC Audio Import Support
  • Sync Review Support
  • V release - FileIO SDK Support
  • UnrealReader node [Beta]
  • APIs and Scripting
  • BlinkScript Support
  • Python API Support
    Python usage limited to 10 commands
    Python usage limited to 10 commands
    Fully Supported
  • OFX Plug-in Support
  • NDK Support
    For Approved Third Party Developers
  • External Rendering Support

Am I eligible?

Nuke Indie is a functionally limited version of Nuke Studio specifically designed for solo artists. Combining industry-leading node-based compositing with formidable speed, power and flexibility, it’s the ultimate tool for solo artists wanting to create high-quality visual effects, at an accessible price. This is for you if:

  • Your annual gross revenue is less than USD$100,000/year (or local equivalent).
  • Only one license can be used per user or organisation.
  • Cannot be used in a pipeline with other Nuke commercial or Nuke Indie licenses.

For further details on eligibility, please see Nuke Indie Eligibility Requirements


Subscribe $499/yr*
  • Commercial Nuke Studio access for Solo Artists
  • Nuke Studio’s editorial and conform environment
  • All NukeX compositing tools
  • Up to 4K output resolution
  • Basic Python support
  • Access to product updates
  • Community support with exclusive Nuke Indie forum
*Price subject to applicable taxes

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Can I trial Nuke Indie?

There is no trial of Nuke Indie. Nuke Indie features the same experience you get in Nuke Studio and NukeX, with certain functional restrictions. You can start your Nuke Studio trial here.

Nuke scripts and Hiero project files you create during this trial can be read into Nuke Indie.

What are the technical and hardware requirements of Nuke Indie?

Nuke Indie follows the same hardware requirements as the Nuke family. See the Tech Specs page for supported operating systems and hardware for the latest release.

Which versions of Nuke support Nuke Indie?

Nuke Indie is available from Nuke 12.2v1 onwards. Nuke Indie builds timeout after 90 days so users must update to the latest release to continue using Nuke Indie. Any release higher than Nuke Indie 13.2v1 will TimeOut after 180 days

How do I access the Nuke Indie Community?

Upon subscription, users are automatically given access to the Nuke Indie Community. Vist Foundry’s community and log-in using the same credentials used to purchase Nuke Indie. The Nuke Indie forum will be visible under Nuke Indie Community.

Excellence awaits

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Explore the Nuke Family

Take a look at the other products in the Nuke family and find the one that best suits your needs.

  • Powerful node-based compositing with an advanced set of tools that offer new levels of technical and creative control.

  • All the features of Nuke plus even more advanced tools so you can take your compositing to the next level.

  • Combining the power of NukeX and Hiero into one toolset for more streamlined multi-shot management, editorial, composting and review.

  • Seamlessly review dynamic timelines with an intuitive editorial toolkit for all your multi-shot management, conform, editorial and review needs.

  • Desktop review tool allowing you to review shots in context and compare render versions quickly.