The Foundry Rolls Out Hiero and HieroPlayer 1.7
April 12, 2013

The Foundry Rolls Out Hiero and HieroPlayer 1.7

Leading visual effects and computer graphics company The Foundry has released the latest version of Hiero and HieroPlayer, its family of shot management, conform and review tools.

The newly released Hiero and HieroPlayer 1.7 offers playback and performance enhancements, and users of the Nuke compositing software will notice a more familiar look and feel across the Nuke, Hiero and HieroPlayer applications.

The update brings a range of features and innovations that open up Hiero as a viable editing system for VFX and HieroPlayer as an ideal single seat review station.

Hiero 1.7 editorial advancements include

  • Modal editing tools - The addition of select, select track, slip and slide, roll, retime, razor, razor all, join and popular ripple functionality.
  • Source/record 2-up viewer layout - Provides familiar editorial feel and the ability to insert and overwrite clips from the source view directly into the timeline through the use of three point editing techniques.   
  • New keyboard interface - Improves editorial workflow with in-depth precision clip or edit selection and nudging, playhead shuttling from timecode, extended JKL and more, all directly from the keyboard.
  • In-viewer jog / shuttle controls - Offers fast and intuitive control of frame shuttling directly in the viewer through the mouse for precision playback and review.

Additionally, Hiero now has an improved playback system with audio enhancements that include stereo bounce down and latency adjustments.

Performance improvements come in the form of a faster viewer render pipeline, cache dumping, jpeg performance tweaks and audio waveform caching for better performance.

ftrack collaboration

The Foundry and ftrack are collaborating to introduce a next generation, ease-of-use workflow between ftrack and Hiero. This will allow Hiero customers to benefit from a modern asset and production management system from the outset. Hiero will continue to play well with other products on the market, but will be prepackaged with ftrack integration out of the box.

The initial fruits of this collaboration can also be seen with ftrackreview, which will soon be available to Hiero and HieroPlayer customers. This provides shot-review functionality and lets ftrack users review shots both in the applications or in a browser.

The future advanced integration between the applications will be implemented in a later release.