With the launch of Nuke 4.7, The Foundry has also announced a brand new pricing structure. The Foundry has slashed its Nuke GUI prices by 30%. Digital artists can now purchase a full Nuke license for just Â£1750/$3,500, and with a price cut of more than 70%, render licenses are now priced at a very competitive Â£125/$250 per license.
Since the move over to The Foundry, Nuke has seen a number of new enhancements, including a brand new optical flow node for accurate retiming operations, a new interface with enhanced tracking markers for Tracker, improved selection methods, support for reading/ writing .hdri image formats, an updated color wheel, FrameCycler Professional 2007 and complete support for The Foundry's full range of OFX plug-ins.
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 more than 45 feature films and hundreds of commercials and music videos. In March, Nuke became part of The Foundry's portfolio of visual effects products and is now being developed at its offices in London.
The Foundry (www.thefoundry.co.uk) is headquartered in London, and has offices in Los Angeles. On Feb. 10, 2007, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awarded a Sci-Tech Award to The Foundry's development team for the Furnace image-processing suite. The company now holds a trio of Academy Award-winning products, including the high-end compositing system Nuke and keying application Keylight.
The Foundry's products support a wide range of host platforms, including After Effects, Autodesk Media and Ent. Systems, Avid DS, Baselight, Film Master, Scratch and Shake. The company has also driven OpenFX, an open standard for visual effects plug-ins, now broadly adopted by host and plug-in developers such as Autodesk, Assimilate, FilmLight, Digital Vision, Grass Valley, Soluciones Graficas por Ordenador (S.G.O.), Photron and others.
Customers include Digital Domain, The Moving Picture Co., Sony Pictures Imageworks, Warner Bros. and Weta Digital Ltd.