London, UK — Leading visual effects software developer The Foundry has released the latest update of its industry standard compositing systems NUKE and NUKEX. The Foundry’s NUKE products are renowned for being both open and scriptable, giving different types and sizes of studio the flexibility to adapt them to fit into their own specific pipelines.
NUKE & NUKEX 6.3v7
This release concentrates on making the movement of assets between NUKE and NUKEX, and other software packages as painless as possible.
EVEN MORE COMPATIBLE
NUKE & NUKEX 6.3v7 offer a number of notable improvements for users working with The Foundry’s other software applications. Additionally, the release introduces smoother workflows in and out of widely used third party products including Adobe Photoshop, Silhouette and Pixar’s RenderMan.
Layered PSD Support has been significantly enhanced in NUKE 6.3v7, allowing users to bring Adobe Photoshop layered PSDs directly into NUKE and NUKEX. The update means facilities can now access layers in up to 16bit PSD files with automatic layer/node-graph conversion using metadata.
The NUKE<>MARI bridge has been improved by mirroring MARI’s UDIM functionality in NUKE to support multiple texture patches per model. Specifically in NUKEX, the RenderMan integration has been extended to provide users with greater control and the ability to inject and manipulate RIB files and statements.
INTEGRATED COLOUR STANDARD
In this latest release, The Foundry has implemented industry standard colour management through the integration of new OpenColorIO (OCIO) developed at Sony Pictures Imageworks.
The introduction of OCIO to NUKE and NUKEX means that colour management is now unified across all of The Foundry’s software offerings, so users will see the same colour in NUKE as they do in MARI, HIERO and KATANA. The OCIO standard is also being adopted by other software applications including Silhouette.
NUKE Product Manager, Jon Wadelton comments: “Our clients are all unique. We want NUKE and NUKEX to be flexible and open enough to fit perfectly into any pipeline. We know our clients use a diverse range of tools to get the job done and want to make NUKE as compatible as possible. This release is all about improving the workflow between the different software applications our clients want to use. The introduction of the OCIO standard across all our products is a big step towards improving colour consistency across our clients’ workflows.”