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    Free NUKE Alternatives

    The best free alternative to NUKE is Natron, which is also Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 10 alternatives to NUKE and 12 is free so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting free alternatives to NUKE are SketchUp (Freemium), Blackmagic Design Fusion (Freemium), Hitfilm Express (Free) and Sketchfab (Freemium).

    This page was last updated May 3, 2021
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    1. Natron is an open source, cross platform nodal compositing application. It is built around industry standard open source tech such as OpenFX, OpenEXR, OpenColorIO and OpenImageIO.
      Natron vs NUKE opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Natron is a great alternative to NUKE.
      Similar pipeline.Nodebased.
      Positive comment almost 2 years ago

      copy of Nuke, but opensource
      Positive comment almost 6 years ago

    2. SketchUp (formerly Google Sketchup) is a 3D modeling computer program for a wide range of drawing applications such as architectural, interior design, civil and mechanical engineering, film, and video game design—and available in a freeware version, SketchUp Make, and a paid...
      SketchUp vs NUKE opinions
      pros, cons and recent comments
      It is not a compositing software
      Negative comment about 1 year ago


    3. Blackmagic Fusion (formerly known as Fusion and eyeon Fusion) is an image compositing software program created by eyeon Software Inc, now developed by Blackmagic Design. It is typically used to create visual effects and digital compositing for movies, TV-series and commercials.
      Blackmagic Design Fusion vs NUKE opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Blackmagic Design Fusion is a great alternative to NUKE.
      M_O_Z_G Fusion is also have wide range of usage in the industry. And it's closer to Nuke than others.
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

    4. Free video-editing and video-composition software in one, with the option of buying fx-packs.
    5. Sketchfab is the first web service to publish interactive 3D content online in real-time without plugins.

      • Free PersonalOpen Source
      • Windows
      Tooll is an open-source solution for creating interactive 3d content and animations. It combines the best aspects of animation, compositing, and coding into a lightweight and intuitive UI. Your designs can be shared as executable or rendered to movies.
    6. ButtleOFX is a simple, user-friendly and open source compositing software. It is based on TuttleOFX, an open source, modular and sustainable image processing architecture.


      as evidenced by their github page, the team is no longer developing it any further. They are looking for a maintainer. The last commit is over a year old.

      • FreeProprietary
      • Windows
      PhotoAnim is a free Windows program to edit and animate photos.
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    7. Fragmentarium is an open source, cross-platform IDE for exploring pixel based graphics on the GPU.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
      Liconcomp can compose videos, text, and camera images live and play them back in real time.


      The project seems to be no longer developed. Last version, 1.2.2, released in March 2011, can be still downloaded from the official website.

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