The Foundry delivers increased performance and efficiency with NUKE 10

NUKE 10 offers key new updates across NUKE, NUKEX and NUKE STUDIO

London, April 12, 2016 - Leading creative software developer The Foundry has today announced the launch of NUKE 10, designed to make artists more productive. With a focus on accelerating everyday workflows by enhancing performance, increasing stability and delivering new functionality in the areas that matter most to artists, NUKE 10 delivers key new updates across the entire product range: NUKE, NUKEX and NUKE STUDIO. 

“It’s been almost a decade since The Foundry took over development of NUKE and in that time we’ve focused on consistently delivering new features that have broadened the scope of its user base and made it the global tool of choice for anyone delivering high-end media productions, no matter how big or small.  We also expanded the NUKE family with the launch of NUKEX and NUKE STUDIO,” said Andy Whitmore, chief product officer at The Foundry. 

“One of The Foundry’s aims is to make tools that help artists be more efficient, so they can focus their energy on using their creativity to achieve the highest quality results. With NUKE 10, we’re putting an emphasis on performance, stability and productivity to attain that goal.” 

To help eliminate bottlenecks from common tasks, NUKE 10 improves performance across several areas: Roto Paint, Vector Blur, timeline manipulation and transcoding are all now significantly faster, while NVIDIA multi-GPU support speeds up processing time for GPU-accelerated nodes on appropriate hardware. 

NUKEX and NUKE STUDIO also save time for common clean-up, replacement and augmentation tasks through a new Smart Vector toolset, which draws on technology from The Foundry’s research team. With it, artists can generate high-quality motion vectors from image sequences and use them to automatically push or warp paint or textures across a range of frames, replacing a tedious and time-consuming manual process. 

Sean Brice, NUKE product manager at The Foundry said, “Our priority, as always with the release of major updates to NUKE, is to answer our customers’ needs. With NUKE 10 we’ve really focused on NUKE’s day-to-day performance to help make artists’ lives easier. This year is a big milestone for us and we’re really pleased with the results, but most importantly we hope that our customers are too. ” 

NUKE STUDIO 10’s editorial and finishing toolset also receives updates: in addition to faster performance, there are new in-timeline Soft Effects that include real-time chroma keying, color correction and the ability to create custom GPU-enabled effects, together with enhanced audio handling. 

“NUKE 10 is a one-man studio powerhouse, and with Color Correct as a Soft Effect in NUKE STUDIO, I can do advanced grading on the fly,” says Hugo Guerra, cinematic director at Fire Without Smoke. “I can't wait: bring it on!” 

Certification for a new HP system that will ensure 4K real-time playback in NUKE STUDIO is expected shortly.

NUKE 10, NUKEX 10 and NUKE STUDIO 10 are available in the coming weeks, together with HIERO 10 and HIEROPLAYER 10. More information about product features is available on The Foundry website.

About The Foundry 

The Foundry is a leading global developer of creative software used to deliver high-end visual effects and 3D content for the design, visualization and entertainment industries. The portfolio empowers artists to create inspiring and technical images and visual experiences in media production (film, commercials, episodic television, gaming, and virtual and augmented reality), and product and industrial design. 

The company was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in London, with offices in Silicon Valley, Manchester, Los Angeles, Shanghai, Dublin and Austin. In November 2015 Alex Mahon was appointed as CEO while Bill Collis became president. 

Clients include Pixar, Mercedes-Benz, ILM, Double Negative, The Moving Picture Company, Walt Disney Animation, Weta Digital, Framestore, Sony Pictures Imageworks and Skullcandy. 

In 2015, the London Stock Exchange named The Foundry one of its “1000 Companies to Inspire Britain.”

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