Meet the Nuke Product Family

These pages introduce the different products and modes of Nuke and along with some Key Concepts you should know before using Nuke products.

Multi-shot management, editorial, compositing, and review. Nuke Studio adds an editorial environment to a full NukeX, giving artists working on multiple shots more context and control along with the familiar compositing Node Graph.

Multi-shot management, conform, editorial and review, Hiero has the same customizable timeline as Nuke Studio, but without Node Graph. Create and review timelines and generate Nuke scripts giving you greater creative control.

Advancing the art of digital compositing, NukeX adds advanced tools for tracking, clean up, and refining 3D. Putting more power and control in the hands of compositors and reducing the need to round-trip to other packages.

Artist's desktop player. Review multi-shot timelines in context with seamless timeline sharing with Hiero and Nuke Studio. Flexible and customizable, HieroPlayer caters to your workflow.

Fast and powerful industry standard node-based compositing. Nuke is the shot-based compositing toolset. From stereo to deep compositing, Nuke includes all of the essential compositing tools.

Nuke Products

When you purchase Nuke, it contains all the Nuke products as different modes. For example, you can choose to run Nuke in NukeX mode, or Nuke Non-commercial mode.

All the Nuke products listed below can also be licensed as separate products, except for Nuke Assist, which is included with NukeX and Nuke Studio.

Mode Description

Nuke Studio

Includes the Timeline environment and Compositing environment, and has some additional Nuke Studio specific features, such as the ability to create a Nuke Comp, add soft effects to the timeline, and the annotations menu. Nuke Studio combines the tools and abilities of Nuke, NukeX, and Hiero.

For more information about Nuke Studio, see Nuke Studio Environments.


Multi-shot conform, timeline editorial, and review. Hiero is Nuke Studio without the Nuke and NukeX compositing capabilities. See Timeline Editing in Nuke Studio and Hiero for more details.


Timeline editorial and review. HieroPlayer employs the same timeline environment as Nuke Studio and Hiero, but has a few restrictions including no conform workflow or export capability.

HieroPlayer is a free annual subscription with your Nuke or NukeX license. Simply renew your existing Nuke or NukeX license to receive your HieroPlayer entitlement or fill in the on-demand form.

See HieroPlayer Free with Nuke for more information.


Just like Nuke, a single shot compositor (what is referred to as the Compositing environment in Nuke Studio), with additional tools.

Nuke Studio and NukeX are fully compatible, with Nuke capable of viewing and rendering - but not editing - NukeX features. If you open a script containing NukeX-only nodes in standard Nuke, a warning displays:

You can still work on the script, but you cannot change any NukeX node properties, such as ParticleEmitter or SmartVector, and they are grayed-out in the Properties panel.

See Advanced Compositing with NukeX and Nuke Studio for more information.


A single shot compositor (what is referred to as the Compositing environment in Nuke Studio), offering a Node Graph, Viewer, animation tools, and so on.

Nuke Indie

Nuke Indie is a single user version of Nuke using a log-in licensing model. Nuke Indie is designed for personal, small-scale commercial use and includes most of the features of the commercial version of Nuke.

See About Nuke Indie for more information.

Nuke Assist

Provides basic tools including Roto, RotoPaint, Merge, Transform, and so on. The Nuke Assist mode is intended for use as a workstation for artists performing painting, rotoscoping, and tracking.

See About Nuke Assist for more information.

Nuke Non-commercial

This mode is intended for personal and educational use. It is similar to the commercial version of Nuke with a few functional restrictions, offering you a chance to explore and learn the application while using it from the comfort of your own home.

See About Nuke Non-commercial for more information.