The Foundry Releases Nuke and Nukex 6.3v7

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Wed, 03/28/2012 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

The Foundry has released the latest update of its industry standard compositing systems Nuke and Nukex 6.3v7. This release concentrates on making the movement of assets between Nuke and Nukex and other software packages as painless as possible.   Nuke and 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. The Foundry has implemented industry standard color management through the integration of new OpenColorIO developed at Sony Pictures Imageworks. The introduction of OCIO to Nuke and Nukex means that color management is now unified across all of The Foundry’s software offerings so users will see the same color 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 says 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.” Nuke and Nukex are available on Mac Linux and Windows and priced at $4900 £2950 €3525 and $8000 £4800 €5750 respectively. Prices quoted include one year of maintenance. Clients with up to date maintenance can access all Nuke and Nukex upgrades free of charge. To learn more about Nuke and Nukex: ,3187
Modern VideoFilm Upgrades Storage Capacity with MediaGrid,2012-03-29,Modern VideoFilm has adopted Harmonic MediaGrid shared storage systems to support high-volume preparation of movies and TV shows for redistribution by leading Web portals and delivery to networks for mass distribution over satellite cable air or the Web. MediaGrid was the only solution we found that could cost-effectively support multiple high-bandwidth streams at speeds high enough not to impact clients' loading of projects says Modern VideoFilm senior engineer Bill Womack. With easy scaling agility in handling an enormous volume of content and the capacity to do more work more efficiently we're better equipped to fulfill existing contracts and to take on new clients and projects. One MediaGrid system in Modern VideoFilm's Burbank California facility serves as an incoming and outgoing cache for content that is both delivered to and distributed from the facility via Signiant software over a fiber network. Content is uploaded to the system over the Signiant network at the rate of about 10 TB per day and then moved to a second MediaGrid for editing in place on Final Cut Pro systems transcoding in place and quality control. The performance of these two MediaGrid systems in conjunction with Signiant software enables Modern VideoFilm to create and deliver more than 300 programs and features daily. In a separate installation at Modern VideoFilm's Scottsdale Arizona facility two additional MediaGrid systems are being used to receive and archive episodic content from the Warner Brothers digital library and facilitate transcoding as required for delivery. The performance of MediaGrid's built-in scale out file system enables postproduction facilities such as Modern VideoFilm to handle a high volume of large incoming files from their clients edit at high bit rates transcode efficiently and perform rapid QC before distributing finished files says Ravi Parthasarathy senior director product line management media storage at Harmonic. Many post-production companies use expensive and complex SAN storage for meeting their performance needs. MediaGrid is an Ethernet-based storage alternative that delivers SAN-like performance with the simplicity of NAS. ,3188
Araujo Group Cinemas Cinemes Full HD UCI Italy Install Immersive 3D Sound Systems,2012-03-29,Marcos Araujo general manager at Araujo Group Cinemas says The public who visits our actual Immersive 3D sound theaters always come back. Choosing between a 2D or 3D movie is irrelevant when imm sound is involved. The viewers prefer to get immersed in an amazing sound experience that lets them be part of the movie.” That is why we are so satisfied. We will upgrade our actual theaters to add that amazing experience and we will definitely count with Imm sound's technology in our future projects ” says Araujo. Imm sound technology brings the viewer into the new era in three-dimensional sound and provides a welcome completely new immersive movie experience. Pere Sallent CEO at Cinemes Full HD says Imm Sound had a so enthusiastic response from our viewers that we had to increase the number of Imm Sound installed rooms in our cinema. This year we are opening one more room with Imm Sound's technology and we are planning more for the near future. It is clear that viewers who have watched a movie with that immersive 3D sound cannot renounce to the impressive sensation it generates. The grandiosity of Imm sound's technology makes a huge difference that the public greatly appreciates. The sensational response of our clients shows us every day that we were right to choose Imm sound for our cinemas. Sonia Fois UCI Italy marketing manager says With Immersive 3D Sound spectators rediscover the experience of watching a movie thanks to a more spectacular surrounding and natural sound. The tones and sensations imm sound technology provides immerses the spectator and makes them part of the scene itself. She adds Imm Sound is the reference in new era of cinema sound with technology that is considerably ahead of the other market options. For every system installation Imm Sound offers the best quality support which has been verified by many international deployments.” Immersive 3D sound is fast becoming the standard in cinemas worldwide. Cinemas are upgrading their sounds systems to immersive 3D sound and imm sound is by far the best possible option on the market says Thomas Schülke UCI Kinowelt marketing manager.