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Qualified Operating Systems

  • 10.8 (Mountain Lion), 10.9 (Mavericks)
  • Windows 7 64-bit and Windows 8 64-bit
  • CentOS/RHEL 5 and CentOS/RHEL 6 

Other operating systems may work with NUKE, but have not been fully tested. If you have any problems with a particular operating system, please contact support@thefoundry.co.uk.

NOTE: OSX Yosemite (OSX 10.10) is unsupported at this time. We will update this page when it has been fully qualified.

NOTE: There is a bug with our FLEXlm licensing which prevents NUKE running on the new Mac Pros if Thunderbolt devices are connected to the machine. We are currently in the process of transitioning all NUKE licensing to RLM to remove this issue. If you are running NUKE as part of the Production COLLECTIVE then NUKE will be using an RLM license so you can avoid this issue by updating to NUKE 8.0v6 or later. 


Hardware Requirements

  • x86-64 processor, such as Intel Core 2 Duo or later
  • 5 GB disk space available for caching and temporary files
  • At least 8 GB RAM
  • Display with at least 1280 x 1024 pixel resolution and 24-bit color
  • Graphics card with at least 512 MB of video memory and driver support for OpenGL 2.0. Tested Graphics Cards for Linux are Quadro K4000 and Quadro K6000

To enable optional GPU acceleration of Viewer processing, you need OpenGL 2.0 with support for floating point textures and GLSL.


4K Certified Machines

As part of the NUKE 9 release The Foundry have certified hardware configurations to guarantee 4K real-time playback* in NUKE STUDIO.

NOTE: 4K playback may also work on other machine configurations, but the ones listed below are ones which have been tested.

*4K playback requirements listed here refer to streaming playback of 10-bit DPX, rgb files at 30fps, 4K UHD, with audio and monitor output device enabled.  Other file formats may also play back at 4K and above given sufficient disk read speeds.

NOTE: T-Tap is not currently supported


Linux Certified Box Hardware

  • CentOS/RHEL 6.5, 
  • 2 x 3.4GHZ, 8-Core
  • NVIDIA Quadro K5200, NVIDIA Driver 340.x
  • 32GB RAM

Monitor output card

  • BlackMagic Decklink 4K Extreme OR Decklink 4K Studio
  • Desktop Video Driver 10.3
  • Download driver now

Local Storage: HP Z Turbo Drive OR Fusion ioFX, PCIe cards

Network attached storage: Minimum of sustained 1GB/s read speed

NOTE: See the NUKE User Guide Installation and Licensing section or the online help here, regarding example formats and data rates.

 

Windows Certified Box Hardware

  • Windows 7
  • 2 x 3.4GHZ, 8-Core
  • NVIDIA Quadro K5200, NVIDIA Driver 340.x
  • 32GB RAM

Monitor output card

  • BlackMagic: Decklink 4K Extreme OR Decklink 4K Studio
  • Desktop Video Driver 10.3
  • Download driver now

Local Storage: HP Z Turbo Drive OR Fusion ioFX, PCIe cards

Network attached storage: Minimum of sustained 1GB/s read speed

NOTE: See the NUKE User Guide Installation and Licensing section or the online help here, regarding example formats and data rates.

 

Mac Certified Box Hardware

  • Mac Pro, Late 2013
  • Software  OS X 10.9.5 (13F34)
  • 3.5 GHz 6-Core Intel Xeon E5
  • GPU - FirePro D500 3072 MB
  • 32 GB 1867 MHz DDR3 ECC

Monitor output card

  • BlackMagic: UltraStudio 4K (Thunderbolt 2)
  • Desktop Video Software Driver 10.3
  • Thunderbolt 2
  • Download driver now
  • AJA: IO4K (Thunderbolt 2)
  • Mac Driver v10.6 (Firmware version 'IO4K (4K mode)'
  • Download driver now

Local Storage: LaCie Little Big Disk 1TB, Thunderbolt 2

Network attached storage: Minimum of sustained 1GB/s read speed

NOTE: See the NUKE User Guide Installation and Licensing section or the online help here, regarding example formats and data rates.


Requirements for GPU Acceleration

To take advantage of GPU acceleration, you must have:

NOTE: The compute capability is a property of the GPU hardware and can't be altered by a software update.

  • Graphics drivers capable of running CUDA 4.2 or above.
    • On Windows and Linux, CUDA graphics drivers are bundled with regular drivers for your NVIDIA GPU. Drivers from April 2012 onward support CUDA 4.2. Go to http://www.nvidia.com/Download/Find.aspx?lang=en-us for more information.
    • On Mac, the CUDA driver is separate from the NVIDIA graphics driver and must be installed, if you don't have it already. The minimum requirement for CUDA 4.2 is driver version 4.2.5 which can be downloaded from http://www.nvidia.com/drivers.

NOTE: We recommend using the latest graphics drivers, where possible, regardless of operating system.

A note about graphics cards: To avoid graphical problems, such as text disappearing in the Viewer and Node Graph, it is important to keep your graphics card drivers up-to-date. Driver updates can be obtained from the web sites of the graphics card manufacturers.

A note about using R3D Rocket graphics cards in NUKE: You will only experience greater speed using a R3D Rocket graphics card in NUKE when reading at full resolution. If you’re reading at half resolution, using NUKE without the R3D Rocket card enabled may be faster. This is because the R3D Rocket graphics card is designed to be fast when reading in multiple frames at the same time. This is not how NUKE works internally, therefore reading with the R3D Rocket card disabled will sometimes be faster when working in lower resolutions (< 4K widths). The R3D Rocket card will always produce better results when downsampling than NUKE will.