Stand SL9724, NAB 2012
Previews new NUKE / NUKEX and MARI features, and an exciting new spin-off product
Leading visual effects software developer The Foundry will be making a splash at this year’s NAB. As well as showcasing HIERO, the latest addition to its VFX software portfolio, the company will be giving previews of exciting new features for NUKE / NUKEX and MARI and demonstrating the vast potential of KATANA.
A GROWING PORTFOLIO
Earlier this month, The Foundry launched HIERO, its brand new shot manager software for VFX. HIERO is the latest addition to a growing range of industry-leading visual effects software solutions. Amongst The Foundry’s other products are NUKE & NUKEX (The Foundry’s high-end VFX compositing systems), the OCULA toolset (stereoscopic workflow plug-ins), MARI (a revolutionary 3D paint system) and KATANA (a recipe based approach to look-dev and lighting).
A PIPELINE IN A BOX
HIERO allows production facilities to efficiently conform, review and roundtrip shots to visual effects and finishing systems. At this year’s show, The Foundry will demonstrate HIERO and help visitors to explore its functionality and place in the production pipeline.
The team will delve into some of the future functionality of HIERO and reveal a brand new development that will support the existing offering and help facilities integrate the software deeper into their pipelines.
March Entertainment will showcase how HIERO has helped them on MIA & ME at The Foundry’s stand on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.
NUKE & NUKEX
The recently launched NUKE & NUKEX 6.3v7 will be a talking point at NAB. The release offers a number of notable improvements for users including smoother workflows between other software offerings, enhanced Layered PSD Support, and the integration of the new OpenColorIO (OCIO) colour standard.
The NUKE development team will also be doing a tech preview of some new nodes planned for inclusion in an upcoming NUKE release. The nodes are based around the new ‘Blink’ image processing framework, which allows nodes to work both on the GPU and CPU, so users can have a GPU in their workstation to quickly dial in the right look and still submit the job to a CPU based render-farm and get the same result.
NUKE showcases at The Foundry’s stand will include Brainstorm Digital with the EMMY Award Winning Broadwalk Empire on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, Dreamworks with Puss In Boots on Monday and Tuesday, and Framestore with Sherlock Holmes throughout the show.
The recent release of MARI 1.4v3 has been designed to remove awkward barriers and monotonous manual tasks from the mix so that artists can really focus their time on being creative. The team will be highlighting how the latest features and functionality enhance the user experience and will preview some exciting features that will be introduced in the next MARI release.
Throughout the show Scott Metzger will be showcasing MARI and NUKE in action on the stunning Nicki Minaj ‘Turn Me On’ music video.
The Foundry will be giving users and journalists the opportunity to attend a special KATANA focus presentation on Monday 16th April, 5pm to 6pm at The Foundry’s stand. KATANA is a look development and lighting tool that replaces the conventional CG pipeline with a flexible recipe based asset workflow. The team will explain how KATANA is currently being used and explore the product’s vast potential.
There will be additional KATANA demonstrations on the booth every day.