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Thursday, March 15, 2007

Furnace 4 for Shake


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- Leading visual effects software developer The Foundry is delighted to announce the launch of Furnace 4 plugins for Shake, a major product release comprising next generation motion estimation technology and a host of cool tools, designed to ease the routine processes involved with the production of first class digital . The Foundry will demonstrate Furnace 4 on booth SL14413 in the South Hall at NAB 2007. Furnace, available for Linux and OSX, was originally launched in 2002 and has become popular suite of image processing plugins to enhance workflow and boost productivity. A key focus for the new Furnace 4 release has been to take advantage of the latest advances in technology, combined with over seven years of The Foundry’s own research into motion estimation, to deliver optimized output, enhanced speed, a more intuitive user interface and improve the user experience.
Key features of Furnace 4 for Shake:
Contrast: is designed to enhance the color contrast within an image. It is adaptive and spatially varying. Based on its analysis of the scene content it automatically calculates a different curve transformation for each pixel in the image and true color is enhanced.
DeFlicker2: is a fully automated plug-in designed to remove in-scene flicker caused by such things as poorly synchronized light rigs and stray lights.
RotoShape: converts .Raw vector masks into Shake rotoshapes and vice versa for improved interoperability.
RotoTracker: will track a rotoshape through a sequence, keeping it accurately attached to an object even as it changes shape.
ShadowRemoval: removes translucent objects such as shadows from a sequence. The artist loosely highlights the area to be removed and ShadowRemoval will perform a seamless extraction of the unwanted object.
VectorConverter: is a tool designed to convert images representing motion vector fields, originating from other vendor applications, into the vector format used in Furnace by providing a simple interface to rewire, scale, offset and invert the color channels.
VectorGenerator: utilizes The Foundry’s next generation motion estimation engine to produce accurate sets of vectors between frames. By using VectorGenerator the artist only needs to calculate the vectors once and the user can input them into many of the Furnace plugins, saving bundles of time.
VectorWarper: allows the user to warp an image sequence using vectors from a different image sequence. This plug-in can be used creatively to produce unusual temporal image effects.
The Foundry’s Furnace development team was honored with a 2006 Scientific and Engineering Award® from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences® for their roles in the design and development of the Furnace plug-ins.Availability and PricingNow shipping, Furnace 4 node-locked is priced at: $4,400 / £2,200, with Furnace 4 float priced at: $6,600 / £3,300. Existing customers can upgrade for $2,200 / £1,100 node-locked and $3,300 / £1,650 floating.
For further information please visit www.thefoundry.co.uk

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