When The Foundry launched NUKE 8 via a live digital streaming event today, what was immediately apparent was the company's close relationships with its customers. These are, of course, the artists who use their tools, including NUKE everyday, and during the stream, artists such as Encore Hollywood's Stephan Fleet, Framestore's Russell Dodgson, and DD's Mike Maloney took to the stage for very entertaining presentations.
Above: watch some testimonials from NUKE customers.
The Foundry has always geared itself as a 'fun' company, which made the live stream a great event to watch. But clearly there are, as well, brilliant technical minds behind NUKE and its other products. fxguide previewed NUKE 8's features in an earlier story in which we also spoke to NUKE product manager Jon Wadleton. But to summarize, here's a list of what's included in the latest release:
- New Dope Sheet, allowing artists see and move keys around in the context of a timeline style view
- New Text node letting artists compose, edit and animate directly in the viewer
- Grading and colour correction tools feature a new in-panel colour wheel to control hue, saturation and value
- Scope tools to help users analyse the picture like Waveform, Vectorscope and Histogram viewers and a pixel analyser
- New Match Grade node
Camera Tracker update lets artists track and solve cameras from reference stills, and the Model Builder now features UV creation
- A Viewer Capture tool allows users to flipbook images from the 2D and 3D Viewer
- A new Edit Geo node
- A Particle Cache node to speed up rendering times
- Wireframe Shader node for various visual effects and increased control over projection mapping.
- OpenEXR 2.0 multi-part image read and write support, Alembic 1.5 and Planar Rendering.
- New intelligent in-context help system.
- Blink Script node lets developers write their own image processing operations inside of NUKE
- A new Import NUKE function allows developers to use NUKE as a module in any Python interpreter, and developers of C++ plugins can now output planar data in more flexible ways thanks to new Planar Rendering Framework.
- HIERO updates (1.8) – advancements include a new Quicktime colour handling controls, optimization of playback, new audio level controls and the ability to use custom readers.
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