Thursday, September 20, 2007

The Foundry preview Nuke 5 at IBC 2007

NUKEIBC 2007, Amsterdam, Booth #7.528, 7th September, 2007. Leading visual effects software developer The Foundry is delighted to announce that it will be offering visitors to IBC 2007 a sneak preview of the next major release of its powerful compositing application, Nuke. Visitors to booth 7.528 will be able to catch a glimpse of the eagerly awaited Nuke 5, which will include improvements to the user interface, the addition of Python for scripting, and support for stereoscopic workflow.

Since taking on the development of Nuke The Foundry's goal has been to remain true to the original concept of developing a comprehensive compositing solution that is 'designed by artists for artists'. With user requirements as the driver, The Foundry has concentrated on enriching and refining the product, building on its already strong foundations and focussing development efforts on areas that required renovation. Nuke 5 is the first major step towards this goal.

"We'd been looking at Nuke for months and always thought of it as a very forward-thinking piece of software. When we considered all of the options that could be the foundation of our pipeline for the future, we chose Nuke. More than any compositing package we considered, Nuke seems to embody the best grasp of where things are going." Robin Hackl, Managing Director, Image-Engine Design Inc

Applying over a decade of software development experience and close collaboration with the growing Nuke community, The Foundry has reworked Nuke's UI to improve the user experience and make it more approachable for a broader range of artists. In addition to augmenting the existing floating window layouts with a flexible panes and panels system, Nuke 5 will feature per-node inputs, and expanded LUT support for file I/O colourspace conversion.

Since its inception, Nuke's extensive scripting capabilities have been a key feature for many of its adopters, and The Foundry is taking this to the next level by adding support for the Python scripting language for the next release.

The Foundry's product development has long-benefited from close working relationships with some of the industry's leading post production facilities. The latest challenge facing these cutting edge artists is the dramatic increase in volumes of stereoscopic projects. The Foundry has responded by laying the groundwork for efficient multi-view compositing in Nuke 5.

"With the latest Nuke developments we are reinforcing our commitment to deliver first-class products that assist creativity, workflow and productivity, no matter how demanding the pipeline," said Dr Bill Collis, CEO, The Foundry. "Close relationships with our Nuke and plug-in customers are fundamental to our work - we listen to what they say they need for their pipelines today and tomorrow and this drives our R&D."

Available on Linux, Windows, and Mac platforms Nuke delivers unparalleled speed, an extensible 64-channel architecture, and powerful feature set unrivalled in the desktop market. Nuke 5 will be available towards the end of the year.

The Foundry will be demonstrating Furnace 4 for Shake, Furnace 4 for Nuke, Nuke 4.7 along with technology demonstrations of version 5, an alpha demo of Furnace 4 for Fusion and Furnace 3 for Autodesk® Systems Products on booth 7.528 at IBC 2007.

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