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Q100416: Scaling Nuke for 4k / High DPI monitors on Windows 10

SYMPTOMS

When using Nuke on a 4k / High DPI monitor, the applications UI scaling does not conform to the scaling set in the Windows 10 display setting.

By default, the Nuke UI is too small on a 4k / High DPI monitor to use satisfactorily:

4k-nuke.png

Image 1: Nuke 11.1v3 as it appears on a 4k monitor by default.

 

CAUSE

The Nuke application does not currently support 4k / High DPI monitors.

The request for native 4k / High DPI monitors support is logged under the following feature request and under review with the Nuke product team:

TP 151450 - Support for 4K High DPI monitors

 

RESOLUTION

In order to make the Nuke UI more readable on 4k / High DPI monitors, you must change your Windows 10 display setting and then set each Nuke application to conform to the OS display setting.

NOTE: Since Nuke will be scaled by Windows 10 and not by itself, the Nuke UI may appear have minor blurring.

 

METHOD

First, you must set your Windows 10 display setting correctly:

  1. Open your Windows Settings menu and click the "System" icon.

  2. In the Display setting, select your 4K monitor.

  3. Under the "Scale and layout" heading, set the magnification size to 200%. This will scale the Windows 10 UI to better fit a 4K / High DPI monitor.

 

display-settings.png

Image 2: Windows 10 Display settings screen - Scale and layout is set to 200%

 

Now you must set the Nuke application to conform to the Windows 10 display scaling setting.

NOTE: The steps below must be applied to all versions of Nuke individually on your machine.

  1. Right-click the Nuke shortcut and select "Properties".

  2. Switch to the "Compatibility" tab, then click the "Change high DPI settings" button.

  3. Tick the box under "High DPI scaling override", then change the option from Application to System. This will force Nuke to use the Windows 10 display scaling setting.

  4. Confirm the changes by clicking "OK". Relaunch the Nuke application and the UI should now be scaled on the 4k / High DPI monitor.

Nuke-dpi-scaling.gif

Image 3: Setting Nuke to conform to Windows 10 display scaling setting.

 

Once this is done, the Nuke UI will display on your 4k monitor like: 

4k-nuke-fixed.png

Image 4: Nuke 11.1v3 as it appears on a 4k monitor after completing the above steps.

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