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Tutorial: Nuke vs. After Effects for Compositing

By Joey Korenman
After EffectsNuke

Compositing using Nuke.

Have you ever tried doing some serious compositing with After Effects? Like taking a bunch of 3D passes and combining them to get the result you want, or doing some really selective color-correction and effects to get the final image to look amazing? Don't get us wrong, you CAN do it. But it can be PAINFUL. After Effects has so many quirks, so many gotchas, that just doing a simple lightwrap can take 3 effects and a precomp.
We love After Effects. It's an awesome piece of software that lets you create almost anything you can dream of...
But if you want to really dial in the look of your composites, if you want TOTAL control over your image, then a node-based compositor can give you that control, and that's where Nuke comes in.
There are plenty of things After Effects does better than Nuke, but compositing ain’t one of them. No big deal. Ideally, you learn both, and your tool belt groweth!Check out the Resources tab for more info on how to get a copy of Nuke for yourself.

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