The Foundry has just a new major release of its powerful compositing applications NUKE and NUKEX 6.2. Now shipping, this release encompasses artist feedback to deliver continued refinements to core operations whilst also incorporating the new technology. Most significantly the new image-based modeling and projection tools will advance artists’ ability to create and use scene geometry in their vfx shots and Renderman support.

NUKE 6.2

NUKE 6.2 gets the anticipated timeline Dope Sheet, making light work of manipulating animation key frames and interactively positioning and trimming read clips. It also brings significant improvement to rendering performance, flip book playback and 2D tracker interaction, along with enhancements to the expression editor and file browser – all core improvements contributing to improved productivity and workflow.

NUKE X 6.2

NUKEX 6.2 adds new image-based modeling tools allowing any artist to easily combine a tracked 3D camera with a selection of 2D image features, automatically creating simple scene geometry. When added to new dense point cloud generation and automatic calibration of projection cameras from 2D images and geometry, NUKEX 6.2 provides new ways to reference and re-apply composited elements more efficiently and realistically into live action scenes.

For those working with CGI rendered elements, NUKEX 6.2 brings Pixar RenderMan® Pro Server support to the 3D compositing environment. As an alterative to the in-built scanline renderer, integration with RenderMan aligns NUKE-rendered scenes with the rest of the 3D pipeline, seamlessly matching motion blur and depth of field, whilst providing the compositor with more flexible control of new rendering capabilities such as ray-traced shadows and reflections.

Chris Ford, Business Director for Pixar’s RenderMan said, “Nuke and RenderMan exist in the same production ecosystem and compliment each other very well. We are delighted that Nuke 6.2 is now able to leverage RenderMan-compatible 3D data facilitating closer integration with pipelines using our software.”

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