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Visual effects and 3D compositing software 

NUKE is high-end compositing software that offers cutting-edge workflows for VFX, editorial and finishing. Every day, production studios, creative teams and individual artists use NUKE compositing software to create innovative, high-quality visual experiences for feature film, animation, games and television content, and now NUKE is more accessible than ever before.

Why choose NUKE?

With NUKE, you get a state-of-the-art toolset that goes beyond what many other solutions offer: a logical procedural workflow; flexible customization; and advanced research technology including integrated stereo and deep compositing toolsets. Extending your workflow with NUKE compositing software can give you a whole new edge—as a NUKE artist, the sky’s the limit as to what you can create!

Get started with NUKE Non-commercial

When you learn to use a powerful tool like NUKE, you can extend both your career prospects and the creative community you intersect with. But we know it’s tough to just dive in. That’s why we’ve got a free version of NUKE that lets you try out the entire NUKE family; you can use it for learning, or to work on your personal, non-commercial projects for as long as you like, while you continue to use the tools you already have. We also have some great tutorials, find them on our NUKE tutorials page.

What is NUKE Non-commercial?

NUKE Non-commercial is a free, non-watermarked but functionally restricted version of NUKE, NUKEX and NUKE STUDIO available for download and use by anyone who wants to learn and experiment with NUKE.

NUKE Non-commercial lets you:

  • Get up to speed with the toolset used by the best VFX artists in the business.
  • Take all the time you need to get comfortable, with self-paced learning and rolling licenses that automatically renew.
  • Use professional finishing tools to make your demo reel or personal project stand out from the crowd.
  • Show prospective employers that you have the skills they need.

Have questions about NUKE Non-commercial or need help? Visit the NUKE Non-commercial page.

What can’t you do with NUKE Non-commercial?

There are a few differences between commercial and non-commercial versions of the NUKE family. Here are the basic limitations of using the non-commercial versions:

  • Licenses are not valid for commercial work at home or in a company, or for use in a commercial environment when completing work or in an educational institution.
  • Licenses cannot be used in the same pipeline as commercial versions of NUKE or in clusters of non-commercial licenses.
    • If you’re looking to evaluate the full commercial version, try our free 15-day trial here.
    • If you’re an educational institution, find out more about educational licenses here.
  • Key feature differences:
    • Output resolution up to HD (1920 x 1080).
    • Some nodes disabled including: the WriteGeo node, Ultimatte node, Primatte node, BlinkScript node, and GenerateLUT node.
    • 2D format support disabled for MPEG4 and h264.
    • Encrypted data storage and limited python scripting.

You can find more details on feature differences and about valid and invalid uses of NUKE Non-commercial on our FAQ page.

See how our customers are using NUKE in production: