The Foundry Releases Non-Commercial Versions of NUKE

By Jeremiah Hall (doddleNEWS)

UK effects wizards The Foundry have released free non-commercial versions of NUKE, their line of compositing and effects software. However, the point to emphasize is “non-commercial.”

Nuke is high-end compositing software. It comes in three flavors: NUKE, NUKEX, and NUKE Studio. Commercial versions start at $4,213.00 and go up, with annual maintenance charges per year after the first year. However, the Non-Commercial versions are free. They are also watermark-free as well. The non-commercial versions also come in your choice of NUKE, NUKEX, or NUKE Studio – solely depending on which version of Nuke you would like to learn.

Nuke includes 2D compositing and visual effects, such as warping, keying, and rotoscoping. NUKEX has that plus 3D compositing and visual effects, such as a 3D camera tracker, a 3D particle system, etc. NUKE Studio has everything NUKEX has plus a multi-track editing timeline, edit tools, non-linear retiming, etc. These lists are far from complete. For more info on the different versions, check their site here.

The Foundry says “If you want to learn to composite, edit and finish with industry-leading tools, NUKE Non-commercial is for you. You can work on personal projects, update your skills, experiment, research or just play around.”

The Foundry suggests using it for learning NUKE; using it for demo reels; and, The Foundry says, to “. . . show prospective employers that you have the skills they need.”

There is a long list of things that you cannot do with it. The Foundry says, “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.” The Foundry also says, “Licenses cannot be used in the same pipeline as commercial versions of NUKE, or in clusters of non-commercial licenses.”

Non-Commercial Nuke is limited in a few ways – output resolution can only go up to 1920 x 1080 HD, there are limitations on some nodes including the BlinkScript node, the WriteGeo node, the Ultimatte node, the Primatte node, and the GenerateLUT node. There is limited python scripting, as well as limited encrypted data storage. And 2D format support is disabled for H.264 as well as MPEG4.

This is not for educational institutions. The Foundry asks educators to check into educational licensing. They also say those who are planning on purchasing the full version of NUKE, NUKEX, or NUKE Studio, should instead check out the 15-day free trial located on their site.

But for everyone else, this is a great way to learn to use high-end software at home, and hopefully sharpen some skill-sets.

Check it out at The Foundry’s website here.

Happy cutting.

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