Issue: Volume 38 Issue 3: (May/Jun 2015)




Nuke Non-commercial

Digital artists interested in exploring The Foundry’s Nuke, NukeX, and Nuke Studio now can do so without cost, with Nuke Non-commercial, a free, non-watermarked version of 
the entire Nuke product family, with some light functional 

Digital Nature

New Offerings Sprouting Up

E-on software is now offering its PlantFactory 2015 product line and VUE xStream 2015 and VUE Infinite 2015 digital nature solutions for computer graphics professionals. PlantFactory is 3D vegetation modeling, animation, and rendering software. It comprises three main products, plus two specialty versions, each addressing specific customer needs and budgets. Meanwhile, the improvements in VUE 2015 include faster rendering, improved overall performance, a new non--photorealistic renderer, a redesigned interface that users can customize to their liking, a new displacement mapping engine, and many more features. VUE xStream 2015 retails for $1,995. VUE Infinite 2015 sells for $1,495.

Editorial Finishing

Studio in a Box

The Foundry will be offering an enhanced version of Nuke Studio, commercially available this summer. New features include multiple overlay tracks and blending modes in the timeline, enhanced audio editorial tools for viewing an audio track waveform within the timeline and applying cross-fades and fade in/out to audio tracks using handles, and a burn-in soft effect added to the real-time in-timeline effects. There is also native support for stereo playback in the new version.


New Resolve

Blackmagic Design has announced DaVinci Resolve 12, a major upgrade with over 80 new features for professional editing and color grading. This update includes a new modern interface, multi-cam editing, new media management tools, an entirely new professional audio engine with support for VST/AU plug-ins, shot matching, 3D keyer, updated 3D perspective tracker, enhanced curve editing, and more. The updated DaVinci Resolve 12 will be available in July for download from the Blackmagic Design website free of charge for all current DaVinci Resolve customers.

Review/Asset Management

Dynamic Duo

Shotgun Software has unveiled Shotgun 6 and RV 6, which now work together without any required end-user configuration. Shotgun is the cloud-based production tracking, review, and asset management software for film, TV, and games, recently expanded via acquisition with RV, a desktop image and sequence player. Shotgun 6 will now include direct access to RV 6 at no extra cost to users, with the latest releases of both Shotgun 6 and RV 6 also offering new features to boost production efficiency, including new project templates, enhanced navigation and browsing, improved Flame integration, and an updated loader. Among the new features  in RV 6 is a licensing option that allows users to access RV using their Shotgun user name and password. Shotgun 6 with RV 6 integration starts at $30 per account per month with “Awesome” support. RV will also continue to be supported as a stand-alone tool. 



PNY Bundle

PNY is offering integration bundles that accelerate user systems as well as their margin. The Nvidia Quadro and NVS graphics solutions accelerate creativity across 200-plus professional applications. Now, users can enhance their system performance by combining Quadro or NVS professional graphics boards with PNY’s innovative SSD product family, and save as much as 50 percent off select PNY CS1100 Series or CL4100 Series SSDs.