September 13, 2007

The Foundry Previews Next Nuke Release

IBC 2007, Amsterdam - Visual effects developer The Foundry offered sneak previews of the next major release of its compositing application, Nuke, during IBC. Editing professionals also were provided information about what’s to come with Furnace for Final Cut Pro.

The Foundry previewed the next release of Nuke, which will offer improvements to the user interface, as well as support for Python, an extensible programming language that is increasingly supported by other application vendors and forming the backbone of many studio pipelines. Enhanced Layer and Channel support to eliminate the 64 channels limit, improved nodegraph manipulation capabilities, and simplified management and selection are among other key improvements.

The Foundry also debuted its Furnace for Final Cut Pro toolset, which will bring The Foundry’s motion estimation technology to FCP users for the first time.

The Foundry’s Furnace 4 for OFX made its European debut at IBC 2007. Thousands of leading digital effects and DI artists already take advantage of Furnace to ease the routine processes involved with the creation of digital visual effects. Now, artists using supported OFX hosts will gain access to a broader range of The Foundry’s technologies to enhance workflow and boost productivity.

New plug-ins in Furnace 4 for OFX include: ChannelRepair, ColourAlign, ColourMatte, Contrast, Correlate, DeBlur, DeFlicker2, DeNoise, Depth, FrameRepair, MatchGrade, MotionBlur, MotionMatch, MotionMatte, MotionSmooth, ShadowRemoval, SmartFill, SmartPlate, SmartZoom, Splicer, Steadiness, VectorConvertor, VectorGenerator, and VectorWarper.