Setting Kernel Parameters

Some BlinkScript controls are used by all kernels. Rather than write these individually in each instance, the BlinkScript properties panel includes the Kernel Parameters tab, providing easy access to the standard kernel controls.

The Kernel Parameters tab also contains any controls exposed by specific kernel commands. For example, the default SaturationKernel exposes the Saturation control. See Editing Kernels for more information on exposing controls.

The Publish button also resides on the Kernel Parameters tab, but we'll get into that in more detail in Publishing and Protecting Your Kernels.


The read-only Local GPU field displays the graphics card installed locally, if there is one available. You can toggle the GPU on and off using the Use GPU if available control. If you have multiple GPUs available, select the required device using the Preferences > Performance > Hardware > default blink device dropdown.

Note:   Selecting a different GPU requires you to restart Nuke before the change takes effect.

Tip:  Even if there is no GPU available locally, you can still enable Use GPU if available. BlinkScript then uses the GPU as and when one becomes available.
You should also enable this if you wish to render from the command line with the --gpu option.

Nuke's GPU support includes an Enable multi-GPU support option. When enabled in the preferences, GPU processing is shared between the available GPUs for extra processing speed. See Windows, Mac OS X and macOS, or Linux for more information on the GPUs Nuke supports.

Additionally, enable Vectorize on CPU to use SIMD acceleration on the CPU where possible. See Help > Documentation for more information on kernel execution.

Specifying the Output Format

BlinkScript's output defaults to the union of all its inputs, but you can specify a different output format by enabling Specify output format and selecting the required ratio from the format dropdown.

Tip:  Enabling Specify output format also adds the format control to the kernel once it has been published. See Publishing and Protecting Your Kernels for more information.