Compositors working on today’s movies and broadcast projects need all the computing power they can get – and with the release of Nuke 11.0, Radeon Pro is here to help.
Thanks to Foundry’s support for OpenCL™, the open framework for GPU computing, any tool in Nuke 11.0 that makes use of your graphics card can now be accelerated by more manufacturers’ hardware, on Windows®, Linux® and Mac®.
For the first time, compositors working in Nuke can take full advantage of the power of the Radeon™ Pro WX Series of workstation graphics cards: cards like the Radeon™ Pro WX 7100, with its 5.7 TFLOPS of peak single-precision performance, or the new Radeon™ Pro WX 9100, with its 16GB of second-generation high-bandwidth memory built next to the GPU core, offering you both blistering raw compute performance and high-speed data access.
Unlike many consumer GPUs, the Radeon Pro WX Series cards provide enough memory to help ensure that even complex visual effects and animation assets fit into graphics memory: the Radeon Pro WX 7100 features 8GB of GDDR5 memory to ensure seamless performance, while the Radeon Pro WX 9100, with 16GBs of second generation High Bandwidth Memory provides an abundant amount of memory on the latest memory technology, providing not only space but blistering speed to support plugins like Cara VR for virtual reality work that handles input from any number of 4K cameras.
In addition to Nuke’s existing tools, other features also benefit from workstation-class graphics cards. NukeX’s revamped LensDistortion node – which now supports fisheye and wide-angle lenses – makes use of the GPU for lens correction; while Nuke Studio’s Timeline Disk Cache enables users to cache part or all of a sequence locally for smoother playback.
Throw in features like the new Live Groups system, which makes it easier for artists to collaborate on shots, and support for industry standards like VFX Reference Platform 2017, a set of key open-source file formats and graphics libraries also used by other visual effects tools, and Nuke 11.0 is a powerful, forward-looking – and, above all, open – solution to today’s most demanding compositing and visual effects challenges.