Leading software developer, The Foundry will hold a live event on 5th December showcasing the latest version of its industry standard compositing application.
NUKE 8 was announced at IBC in September and will include countless exciting features and updates when it’s released later this year.
To sign up to the live event, log onto nuke8live.com and register your details. The event will stream from the famous Vue cinema in London’s Leicester Square at 7pm GMT / UTC on 5th December 2013 and will be streamed digitally around the world.
What’s in NUKE 8
The vast list of features include the new Dope Sheet, allowing artists see and move keys around in the context of a timeline style view, a brand new Text node letting artists to compose, edit and animate directly in the viewer.
There will be big updates to NUKE’s grading and colour correction tools with a new intuitive in-panel colour wheel to control hue, saturation and value as well as Scope tools to help users analyse the picture like Waveform, Vectorscope and Histogram viewers and a pixel analyser. There will also be a new Match Grade node that will enhance NUKE’s grading capabilities to let artists get accurate results really fast.
Making environment work a faster and easier process, a further update to NUKE’s Camera Tracker will add to the set solve functionality and let artists track and solve cameras from reference stills, helping to assist object or set modelling within one integrated environment. The Model Builder will also feature UV creation for even greater 3D control.
Brand new 3D tools will include Viewer Capture to allow users to flipbook images from the 2D and 3D Viewer, a new Edit Geo node for greater control, a Particle Cache node to speed up rendering times and the Wireframe Shader node for various visual effects and increased control over projection mapping.
Overall speed and performance will also be improved with the addition of OpenEXR 2.0 multi-part image read and write support, Alembic 1.5 and Planar Rendering. NUKE 8 also features a new intelligent in-context help system.
With NUKE 8 developers will be able to write their own image processing operations inside of NUKE using the new Blink Script node to ensure they get the best possible performance from their teams hardware.
The new Import NUKE function will also let developers use NUKE as a module in any Python interpreter, and developers of C++ plugins will be able to output planar data in more flexible ways thanks to new Planar Rendering Framework.
About The Foundry
The Foundry develops award-winning computer graphics and visual effects (VFX) 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 including product and concept design, marketing & advertising, media & entertainment and game development.
In September 2012, The Foundry added MODO, a 3D software package that combines modeling, painting, animation and rendering, to its portfolio. In addition to MODO, the product line includes NUKE (industry standard compositing), HIERO (shot conform and review), MARI (3D digital painting), KATANA (a look development and lighting framework), FLIX (collaborative visual story development), OCULA (a stereoscopic correction toolset) as well as a range of plug-ins.
In the design world, MODO enables the creation of a huge variety of things from products and advertising material to games assets, animation projects and beyond.
All of the company’s products, including MODO, are used to created create breathtaking visual effects sequences on a wide range of features, television projects and commercials. High profile examples include Gravity, Pacific Rim, World War Z, The Hobbit and the 2013 Oscar® winner, Life of Pi (Best Visual Effects). In television examples include Once Upon A Time, Falling Skies, Boardwalk Empire and Game of Thrones.
Clients include major feature film studios and post-production houses such as Pixar, ILM, Double Negative, The Moving Picture Company, Walt Disney Animation, Weta Digital, Framestore and Sony Pictures Imageworks.
In 2013, The Foundry made the Sunday Times Tech Track 100 for the fourth consecutive year, ranking in 92nd position. This year, the company has also been shortlisted for categories in the UK Tech Awards and the National Business Awards. The Foundry’s CEO Bill Collis was recognized as the UK Technology winner for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award.
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