March 26, 2009
London – Leading VFX software developer, The Foundry, will treat visitors to its booth at NAB 2009 to a series of behind-the-scenes looks at how its acclaimed compositing software, Nuke, was used to great effect on blockbuster films such as Iron Man and Watchmen, as well as the game World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King. The Foundry team will showcase the latest release, Nuke 5.2, featuring new pre-comp tools, Python UI and metadata improvements, plus support for 3D LUTs and OpenGL GLSL shaders, video output cards and a RED R3D Redcode format-reader enabling full 32-bit floating point processing. Visitors can take a look at Nuke 6.0 (due for release in Q3), which promises a new Paint and Roto toolset. The release of 6.0 is set to coincide with the launch of NukePro, a brand new product offering incorporating lens tools, a camera tracker, FurnaceCore and Keylight all in one compositing package. Brand new products on show at NAB are FurnaceCore for Fusion (also integral to NukePro) and Tinderbox 4 for Nuke. Future releases planned for later in 2009 include a new keyer for Autodesk and Adobe and some exciting tools for Final Cut Pro. The Foundry is also continuing development of Ocula, its range of stereoscopic plug-ins, with the release of new tools driven by production feedback later in the year. Ocula was used by Digital Domain on a stereo 3D commercial spot for SoBe broadcast to 96 million viewers during SuperBowl XLIII, and is currently being put through its paces by Weta Digital on James Cameron’s Avatar. The Foundry recently added 15 staff globally and now has a local presence in Southeast Asia.