Nuke

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A unique and seamless combination of visual effects, editorial timeline and finishing, NUKE STUDIO lets you composite, conform, edit, color-correct, add effects and playback at 4K.

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Yu Chieh S.
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"Great Compositing Tool"

What do you like best?

node based

Python support, and it's so easy to use.

Easy to understand everything

your logic gets better after using Nuke

Fast result and quick adjustment if you need and want

What do you dislike?

the way to install plug-in could be a little bit difficult.

video codec could be a bit difficult to understand,

Price could be cheaper, or maybe like renderman. as long as you put on "Compositing in Nuke" you get to use it for free...

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you are looking for decent composting tool, you could go get non commercial version you could try out.

trust me! you will love it right away.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

CGI compositing,

integrating with live action footage

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Juve V.
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"Great Compositor"

What do you like best?

The ease of use of this software is key in getting work done. The user interface has stayed consisted through its various releases and this is really important when a studio updates to a newer release as the artists don't have to waste time trying to relearn it. With every new release we can just get right to work.

What do you dislike?

Planar tracker was greatly modified a few releases back and it is terrible. Earlier versions of this tool were great and I used it a lot. Now, not so much. It barely holds unto tracking features as to where before it would detect features and hold on to them in some very poor quality footage.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you are looking to make the jump from a layer based compositor to a node based one, Nuke is definitely the way to go. It is easy to learn and to the core, tool settings are the same.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Nuke's node based interface is simple for compositing. Can more easily find where a problem is as opposed to layer based compositors.

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Carlos D.
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"The standard compositing tool in the industry"

What do you like best?

-I'm new at Nuke, and the first amazing thing about this software is the Non-commercial Licence (pssst its Free) With this you can learn and create amazing stuff for portfolio or non commercial projects, A lot of learning resources such as Digital tutors, gnomon workshop, and many free tutorials in the Nuke forums and youtube, the nodal workflow is easy and pretty much like layers and Nuke have a real 3D environment, you don't need to buy extra plugins to do that, and you can import the standard formats like FBX and OBJ., Native integration if you're using Modo as main 3D software

What do you dislike?

The price of the commercial license is to high for a freelancer or small studio. You cant rent the software per month., bit scary when you open at first time the software, but afer that, you'll love the interface

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Standar compositing tool in the industry

Rent and buy options

Non-commercial License

Lot of resources to learn as fast as you can this amazing software

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Compositing

Sara C.
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"Only way to achieve my film's look."

What do you like best?

There is an unlimited amount of effects capabilities that Nuke allows. If there is anything the user desires to fix post-render, for example, there is no need to sweat because Nuke has your back. As a user, I find Nuke to be a much needed "security blanket" when trying to complete my film on a deadline. Without it, the final product would look 100% less impacting.

What do you dislike?

I dislike how chaotic that Nuke trees can get. It makes navigation through nodes a headache. The windows may be resizable, but I find myself scrolling back and forth through all of my layers to find certain nodes. It may be that I am still learning and haven't gotten the total hang of things yet, but I feel that the interface should have different options of viewing.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Starting with basic tutorials with RGB compositing and Z depth is the best way to get your feet wet with this program. With a small tree in Nuke, it will be easier to test different effects of varieties of nodes such as glow, color balance, masking, and many more. Don't jump in all at once or you will lose motivation.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

In my team's film, we needed to create a ghostly look to characters that was unique as well as effective. With Nuke, we were able to achieve his through many other user's tutorials either online or through email correspondence. The look was achieved and very visually appealing.

Michael M.
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"Nodal Compositing in the Speed of Light"

What do you like best?

One of the key things on Nuke is its speed and stability. It is super fast and reliable. The amount of data and complex networks that you can work here is out of this world. It always surprises me when I hit a final render. Another thing is its tracking, it is really powerful and precise, you pretty much don´t need to leave the application for most of the tasks. The introduction of deep channels in conjunction with a full 3D compositing environment makes it a powerhouse for both compositors and look developers.

What do you dislike?

I still feel that the color grading tools are not there yet. It needs a better UI for color graders with an intuitive grading workflow. Even though it has all the tools inside, the lack of dedicated interfaces for grading makes it counter productive for the task.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you are considering a VFX compositor career this is the path to go. It is an industry standard and a highly required knowledge for VFX, even if you are not pursuing a compositors career I would say you should know your way around the software to stand out and to give you freedom to take a shot from start to end.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Compositing.

Mike G.
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"NUKE is the dominant compositing package"

What do you like best?

NUKE is definitely perceived as the Gold standard of compositing programmes and The Foundry make sure it will stay that way. There really isn't very much that can't be done in NUKE, from basic compositing and rotoscoping, to excellent 3D file support and with particle systems and a great library of plugins, NUKE shows its pedigree of being developed deep in the heart of the Hollywood VFX industry when you use it. From its exceptionally quick UI, to wide feature set. NUKE is a powerhouse. With the addition of NUKE STUDIO the FOundry has added an excellent shot management system which can handle complete productions.

What do you dislike?

NUKE's price always gets in the way especially since a lot of NUKE's competitors are either free to entry or available for a much lower cost. However, you can get a version of NUKE for free for non-commercial and learning work. As you can do anything with NUKE, the guts of the application and the processes are laid bare, so it can take much longer to setup what seem like simple comps, but once setup the Nodal workflow of NUKE really comes into it's own.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you want to work in VFX, a basic understanding of NUKE is essential as it is the main tool in studio pipelines throughout the world.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Nuke is used throughout many cretaive industries for compositing, editing (with NUKE STUDIO) and finishing/grading. The foundry are also making a big push into VR with NUKE at the centre of this cretaive push

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"Nuke description"

What do you like best?

The thing I like about nuke is that 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.

What do you dislike?

There is some one-off work that doesn't follow this guideline, like character animation. By its very nature, it must be unique each time.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Node based composition is way better to use when compared to other composition software.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am using this for the composition work from basic to advanced which makes my work easy and realistic.

Matt G.
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"Very thorough and impressive software!"

What do you like best?

The sheer magnitude of Nuke is impressive. This is one of those software that you can get completely enthralled in. You could practice with it for weeks, months, or years, and it seems like you would still learn new things every day.

What do you dislike?

It can seem a bit daunting to work with at first. I've had experience with both 3D animation software and video editing software, as well as other things, like After Effects and there are times when I feel like I need to Google how to do things in Nuke. It's no fault of Nuke - the shortcomings are merely my own.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Start with the free trial and take some serious time with it. Watch introduction videos rather than simply "wing-it".

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are searching for the best software to achieve the best video content creation possible.

GD
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"Best 3D compositing software"

What do you like best?

Node based system, vast dynamic range, multichannel support and native linear workflow. The camera projection is pretty solid. It's much better than Maya.

What do you dislike?

The timeline is hard to edit. Compared to After Effects, which is layer/ timeline based compositing software. Sliding footage in timeline is painful in Nuke. I think it worth being addressed in the future version. 3D modeling tool is a lame, it could be so much more powerful if Nuke can do little more complex modeling. That helps in Any projection situation.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you need compositing 3D renders, Nuke is absolutely the right choice. It's bad for editing / motion graphics, but when it comes to serious 3D compositing, Nuke is like the king.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Compositing 3D image from Maya and C4d. The multichannel and perfect support for multichannel exr make life so much easier. It's so easy and clean to read where the diffuse channel goes or how strong the specular channel is.

Another huge thing for me is Matte Painting. By using fbx import and photoshop, it's so much easier to do matte painting. I love the projection node.

Heten D.
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"Best Node based compositing software out there."

What do you like best?

Nuke is the industry standard node based composting, software, it can create and handle huge compositing node flows and supports, multiple workflows including 2d and 3d compositing with included support for importing 3d geometry. Nuke allows importing/exporting 32-bit image formats like HDR, Tif, EXR, so as to retain extremely precise color workflow, through the entire nodegraph. It allows all standard blending modes and the ability to create new ones using math operators. It has a very robust toolset for solving several stereoscopic compositing related problems.

What do you dislike?

The cost is extremely high to deploy, Steep learning curve for new users or users migrating from layer based compositing apps. Should have better sound syncing tools, think Adobe After Effects.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you are considering to switch from a layer based compositing app (Adobe After Effects) to a node based compositing app and are not intimidated by a steep learning curve and a steep price. Nuke is perfect for you.

It is the industry standard compositing software.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Nuke allows for extremely precise color grading with the ability to import LUTs from several sources. almost eliminating the need for exclusive color grading session of any given composite in a 3rd party online color grading setup, it also allows to retain color consistent workflow due to the same. Due to its node based setup, repeating import of any footage is eliminated drastically allowing for much less memory footprint. Cleaning up Footage and Roto-ing is a breeze with Nuke.

UM
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"Nuke Compositong"

What do you like best?

As a VFX Compositor, Nuke is my go-to program. It's easy to use, and I love it. It's the industry's standard, in my opinion. It has helped me with my work to create scenes and visual effects for movies and TV shows. It also lets the user create their own tools through coding.

What do you dislike?

There is nothing I dislike. This program is straight forward and very helpful, as a compositor.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Nuke is essential for the visual effects industry.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Nuke really is essential to be a successful compositor. It has helped me create scenes and visual effects for movies and TV shows.

Connor R.
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"The best in the business "

What do you like best?

The node based system that Nuke brings to the system is great. It s not only quicker to move around and be able to see every bit of you project, it is all a lot more organized than other programs I have used.

What do you dislike?

Nuke does take a little bit of time to get used to but the interface itself is quick inviting and makes it possible to learn.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I would say that Nuke is on the right track and they is not much to improve on.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

This is not only speed up my workflow but made it easier for fellow employees to then do what they had to do with the organization aspect.

GC
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"State of the art Compositing on your dekstop"

What do you like best?

Nuke has amazing camera tracking and matte tracking capabilities, which ultimately make removing unwanted scene elements a breeze. Camera tracks, lighting rigs, all can be painted out with ease.

What do you dislike?

Extremely steep learning curve. If you're comfortable with software like Adobe After Effects, you'll have a head start here, but even as an advanced user, Nuke has a lot to offer that might be daunting at first glance.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you're fresh to the advanced compositing world, be sure to give yourself extra R&D time to get up to speed on the software. Tutorials and documentation are a must for efficient use of nuke.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Tracking and stabalizing shots, merging multiple takes, and masking out scene elements are all within Nuke's wheelhouse and gives our post-production workflow a much needed efficiency boosy.

Jahnavi B.
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"Its the Trend"

What do you like best?

Its a node based system and easy to operate. I also like the updates for the software.

What do you dislike?

It does not have a lot default plugins.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

It's a very needed product for post production.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am providing editing services and solving the problems within it. Its mergeable with other product.

Cody S.
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"Nuke review"

What do you like best?

Node based system makes certain tasks a lot more straight forward. You don't have to restack cumbersome layers to get your composite to look right.

What do you dislike?

There's a really big learning curve, it takes a long time to learn. Luckily there are plenty of tutorials online.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Nuke is super powerful and can handle just about anything you throw at it, it's just not very easy to learn, so you have to stick with it awhile to really understand it.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use it for compositing some times. We've realized that the node based system can really help organize a project.

Tarek S.
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"Amazing"

What do you like best?

I love how I can composite surreal scenes and add geometry and volume to flat images transforming them into real looking scenes. I also really like how easy it is to learn this program.

What do you dislike?

I dislike the lack of online community to help out with issues you face when wanting to use a tool inside the software. I also dislike that it's not connected to programs like AfterEffects to make things easier.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

This software has allowed me to transform flat imagery into complex and detailed scenes which helps me improve my portfolio.

Srishti G.
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"Awesome video editing software"

What do you like best?

I like the overall interface and design of the software. Makes it easy to use. The wire removal tool was never this easy to execute.

What do you dislike?

Have experienced some glitches while working with 3D tools but otherwise it works good.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Video editing

Louay M.
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"nuke is the best composite program in industry "

What do you like best?

the full nude system and deep composite tools

What do you dislike?

the camera tools . and some of UI elements

Recommendations to others considering the product:

yes nuke is the best composite tool in production and 3d projecting tool

i recommend the foundry Nuke

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

most time i make the prime composite for the main shoot in production then let the compositors to do the all in same way > so i found NUKE is the best tool for it cause u can share the script easily and improve the shoot in grading tools .

Liam S.
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"The Industry Standard for Film and TV based compositing"

What do you like best?

The 2.5D system, colour grading and keying tools.

What do you dislike?

The roto / paint node can be a bit temperamental at times. This is the sort of thing that has been present in quite afew versions of the software.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

The major vfx facilities across the globe use Nuke as their primary compositing package. The strength of this shows that it is the package to use.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

TV compositing - integration of live action images with digitally created elements.

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"Great compositing package"

What do you like best?

Flexibility and quality of output. Wide range of use potential.

What do you dislike?

Base features (3D, etc.) could use improvement and usability enhancements for ease of day to day tasks rather than relying on third party plugins/gizmos.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Most widely used and accepted compositing solution in the industry. Has been highly reliable to our studio and integrated well into pipeline.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Solving complex composites and distributed workload management.

Abhishek s.
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"Video editing simplified"

What do you like best?

I really like the ease with which I can use the 3D graphics features. The linking with photoshop, repair tool and point tracking are great for beginners

What do you dislike?

Faced some glitches while using 3D graphics. Otherwise it is pretty good.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Video editing

Nidhi S.
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"Good for video editing and 3d graphics"

What do you like best?

Wire removal is the best feature of Nuke as compared to other softwares. 3D graphics are also useful.

What do you dislike?

Too many tools gets overwhelming at times. Faced some glitches while 3D rendering of graphics

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Video editing

GH
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"Comprehensive tool for video editing"

What do you like best?

4d wire removal tool is really easy to use. Wire easily snaps to the present one. Link with Photoshop 3D is an added advantage. Graphics motion and graphics repair tools are also great.

What do you dislike?

There are sometimes glitches that I have experienced while using this software. Some video tutorials for learning editing can be an added advantage. Rendering is a bit slow.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Editing videos

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"It's like a steam machine"

What do you like best?

Nuke is a very (if the most) powerfull software for compositing. The interface is pretty neat, it allow to have a global point of view of the work. Script friendly.

What do you dislike?

Very complex at first, it has many different tools to learn about.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It help us on many complicated vfx shots like tracking camera movement or keying the green (or blue) screens.

UM
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"Best in the business"

What do you like best?

Nuke is the best in the business for comping. All comparable products have a fraction of the features and capabilites

What do you dislike?

They are focussing too much on the Stuido part of the software

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Use it, nothing is comparable.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use it constantly all day at work. I wouldn't be able to do my job without it!

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"a spectator "

What do you like best?

it a node base

quit useful for complex VFX shots

What do you dislike?

timeline compositing is not that convenient as adobe after effect

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

benefit : very good for shot base compositing , most off the VFX companis use it and there is a lot of chance to get world wide job

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