Leading creative software developer The Foundry has announced the launch of OCULA 4, the latest version of its software plug-in toolset for NUKE, designed to address the problems with stereoscopic imagery.
OCULA 4 introduces a complete overhaul of The Foundry’s industry standard stereo post production toolset. Rewritten engine tools and plugins provide a dramatic change in out-of-the-box quality, accuracy and pipeline automation, as well as simplified workflows to ensure fast turn-around times regardless of the number of shots.
The upgrade is the result of two years of dedicated work and collaboration with leading artists and facilities worldwide. The next generation of algorithms introduced in OCULA 4 deliver clean consistent data, rebuild sharp more accurate images, while ensuring greater fidelity to original plates and guaranteeing that disparity and depth are handled better than ever before. OCULA 4’s improved toolsets significantly reduce the amount of manual work required when dealing with color and focus matching, rebuilding and retiming views and vertical alignment.
Andy Whitmore, Chief Product Officer, The Foundry, says: “OCULA 4 steps up to meet the ever increasing demands of artists for quality results, efficient production workflows and enhanced project turnaround. The new features include quick and easy alignment correction and automation, which sees the simplification of Solver controls, updated feature matching and the ability to auto-analyze sequences.”
Other upgrades include changes to the Vertical Aligner tool, as well as a New View tool, Colour Matcher, Focus Matcher and new review tools. This update also includes GPU acceleration with the same results on CPU and GPU.
With the upgrade, OCULA 4 brings added flexibility, consistency and accuracy to the stereoscopic VFX workflow, which ultimately results in improved efficiency for artists.
For more information on the OCULA 4, please visit http://www.thefoundry.co.uk/products/ocula/
About The Foundry
The Foundry develops award-winning creative software used globally by leading artists, designers and creative professionals. The portfolio lets users create inspiring and technical high-end visuals across a wide range of industries.
Established in the Media & Entertainment, Design and Games markets, The Foundry’s list of high profile clients include brands like Adidas, Honda, Toyota and Trek, film studios and post-production houses such as Pixar, ILM, The Moving Picture Company, Weta Digital, Framestore and Sony Pictures Imageworks, and games studios including Blizzard, Gearbox and Valve.
In 2013, The Foundry’s CEO Bill Collis was recognized as the UK Technology winner for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award, and the company made the Sunday Times Tech Track 100 for the fourth consecutive year. The company’s co-founder Simon Robinson ranks in the Fast Company Most Creative People in Business 1000 list announced in January 2014.
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