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Monday, June 25, 2007

NUKE 4.7 - Foundry announces 30% price cut and full OFX support


+ (London, UK. June 25, 2007.) - Leading visual effects software developer The Foundry is delighted to announce the launch of NUKE 4.7, a significant product release featuring full support for OFX plug-ins, a brand new pricing structure, an upgraded version of the FrameCycler flipbook tool, an improved curve editor and a fast new optical flownode. In addition to the NUKE 4.7 release, The Foundry has announced that a new release of its Furnace for OFX plug-ins is imminent, the new Furnace for OFX toolset will feature 36 advanced image processing tools. Looking beyond technical development, The Foundry has slashed their NUKE GUI prices by 30%, digital artists can now purchase a full NUKE license for just £1750 / $3,500, and with a price cut of over 70%, render licenses are now priced at a very competitive £125 / $250 per license.
NUKE began as the in-house compositing and effects application at Digital Domain, where it won an Academy Award® for Technical Achievement and has been used to generate effects for over 45 feature films and hundreds of commercials and music videos. In March 2007 NUKE became part of The Foundry’s portfolio of visual effects products and is now being developed at its offices in London. Since the move over to The Foundry, NUKE has seen a number of new enhancements including a brand new optical flow node for accuratere timing operations, a new interface with enhanced tracking markers for Tracker, improved selection methods, support for reading/writing .hdri image formats, an updated colour wheel, FrameCycler Professional 2007 and complete support for The Foundry’s full range of OFX plug-ins.
Launched by The Foundry in 2004, OFX (Open FX) is free-of-charge, open source plug-in standard for developing 2D digital visual effects. OFX was instantly welcomed for its benefits to digital artists and their clients, and for allowing developers to focus more R&D time on new solutions to advance the art of digital effects. It is via the OFX API that The Foundry has been able to provide plug-in support for NUKE so quickly after it acquired its product development.
NUKE is already a very powerful high-end film compositing application and the availability of The Foundry’s Furnace, Tinder and
Keylight plug-ins will certainly enhance its functionality.
New plugins in Furnace 4 for OFX include, ChannelRepair, ColourAlign, ColourMatte, Contrast, Correlate, DeBlur, DeFlicker2, DeNoise, Depth, FrameRepair, MatchGrade, MotionBlur, MotionMatch, MotionMatte, MotionSmooth, ShadowRemoval, SmartFill, SmartPlate, SmartZoom, Splicer, Steadiness, VectorConvertor, VectorGenerator and VectorWarper. In addition to the new plug-ins, The Foundry has taken advantage of the latest advances in technology, combined with over seven years of its own research into motion estimation and revisited the existing Furnace for OFX plug-ins to deliver optimised output, enhanced speed, a more intuitive user interface and improve the user experience.
Availability and Pricing
Now shipping, Nuke is available on Linux, Windows and Mac. Nuke 4.7is priced at $3,500 / £1,750 with render nodes priced at: $250 /£125. Nuke 4.7 is available to download now from The Foundry website www.thefoundry.co.uk.

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