Fusion vs Nuke

By Eva Williams 19 days ago, Software reviews

Need a program for compositing tasks and adding visual effects? Check out my analysis of Fusion vs Nuke competition and choose the best software for your specific needs.

Fusion is an award-winning software program originally, used primarily for video and film post-production, as well as computer-animation.

Nuke is a powerful node-based video compositing and authoring tool first developed by Digital Domain, which is used for video and television post production. Nuke supports the latest versions of Windows, Linux, and Unix-like operating systems.

Final Verdict:

Nuke provides a wide range of features including high quality texturing and animated backgrounds, both text and photographs, screen wipes, a large library of skins and stickers, a powerful text editor, a large variety of effects and transitions, support for a wide number of video formats, an array of color tables, and an intuitive interface.

Nuke is the winner >

Nuke Features:

  • Shuffle Node
  • Cara VR GPU caching
  • BlinkScript particle support
  • Grid warp tracker improvements
  • Bin and track item version linking

What is Fusion?

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Some of the popular tools and features included in Fusion are Auto recolor, Brush Strokes, Curves, Gather Gradient, Noise Blocking, Panorama, Speed tweaks, Red Eye removal, Screen Snapshot, Convert to JPEG, Collage Enhance, Fast Effects and many more. The above features are a combination of different ones and can be added to any photo with ease.

The Fusion has a feature called Smart sync. This is a feature that allows live synch between two files. This means that when you save a scene, it is saved onto your hard drive in a similar manner to After Effects. This is useful for several reasons. One of these is that if you make changes on the material of a frame while recording your scene, the changes will be saved onto your hard drive and this is the best way to make any changes.

Another feature of the software is the fact that it has a Flash component built-in. This has several uses and it is used for things like panning and zooming. The other features of the Blackmagic Fusion that it has included a built-in time stamping system, a wide range of filters including a cinematic look, an in-camera text option, and a good amount of visual FX.

What is Nuke?

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One major benefit of Nuke design is its state-of-the-art render-away tool, which allows the user to preview rendered images in order to better understand the complexity of the film they are working on. Nuke's composition tools include both 'flat' and 'hedge' panning options, useful for pre-compositioning shots.

Another feature of the software that sets it apart is its extensive sound library containing over 400 professionally recorded sounds, including full score music and voiceover options. This list of added features is only the tip of the iceberg; Nuke has also been designed with both ease-of-use and professional production quality in mind, providing producers and filmmakers with a wide range of flexible and effective tools.

Nuke easy authoring and editing capabilities make it ideal for a wide variety of media and projects. For a small business, Nuke can be used to create DVDs, edit existing videos, and prepare films for broadcast. Nuke can be used for simple and dramatic editing and compositing as well.


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Fusion & Nuke Features:

  • Camera tracker
  • Professional compositing
  • Delta keyer
  • VR toolset
  • Animation broadcast graphics
  • New QuickTime support
  • MOV reader and writer
  • animated geometry
  • Video stabilization
  • Audio tools

Fusion and Nuke Price:

STARTING PRICE $295 $5,248
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FixThePhoto Choice:

Fusion may be the best choice for beginners as a VFX artist, but its tools can start to be lacking very quickly.

While Nuke offers advanced node-based compositing, 3D tracking and modeling, matching, and more.