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The Foundry Launches Collectives Software Suites

Streamlined content creation packages deliver new ways to access award-winning products.

London -- Software developer The Foundry has announced the launch of COLLECTIVES, two sets of award-winning applications that bring added collaboration, efficiency and productivity to design and digital media production professionals.

The Creation and Production COLLECTIVES are packages of products that offer open, future-proof workflows developed to increase efficiency, productivity and collaboration opportunities for designers and artists. The COLLECTIVES are sold together at cost-effective price points and are designed for single seat use.

The Creation COLLECTIVE features digital 3D visualization, modeling, animation, painting, playback and integration tools in a single license. The package includes MODO – the next generation 3D content creation package; MARI -- the 3D, fluid and flexible paint tool; and HIEROPLAYER -- a desktop review tool that provides a multi-track review timeline. The Creation COLLECTIVE is available at £1550 ($2,480) for a perpetual license, including maintenance.

The Production COLLECTIVE also includes MODO and MARI for media production professionals, as well as NUKEX, the industry-standard advanced, node-based compositing package, and HIERO, a complete shot management, conform, edit and review solution. This range of toolsets enables 3D digital modeling, animation, paint, effects, playback, editorial and shot management, under the banner of one software license. The Production COLLECTIVE is available at £6000 ($9,600) for a perpetual license, including maintenance.

“The COLLECTIVES offer a new way for people to use our tools,” says The Foundry’s chief product officer Andy Whitmore. “Over the years we’ve built up what we consider to be a strong toolbox for the creative industry. Now that we’ve reached a point where we have a set of complementary products that each individually play an integral part in the content creation process, we want to offer artists and designers the chance to take advantage of that workflow at an affordable price.”

“The Foundry’s Production Collective provides the perfect set of tools for an artist to handle everything from editorial to delivery,” comments Jeff Jasper, Digital FX Supervisor/Technical Lead at New Deal Studios. “It is a true studio in a box at a great price.”

East London based studio The Operators has been using the Production COLLECTIVE for the past month, creating the explanatory video for the new products.

“Prior to starting pre-production on this film, we were worried about taking on such a huge challenge with software that was mostly unfamiliar to us,” comments Andy Antoniou, Creative Technology Director at The Operators. “Honestly though, we had nothing to worry about. The software is a breath of fresh air. We didn't realise that MODO could do so much, and the integration between each piece of software in the Collective is fantastic! It wasn't at all hard to integrate the tools in our pipeline.”

Source: The Foundry

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