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Foundry launches Nuke and Hiero 11.0


Foundry Nuke 11 video Foundry launched Nuke and Hiero 11.0, the next major release for the Nuke family of products including Nuke, NukeX, Nuke Studio, Hiero and HieroPlayer. With this release, the Nuke family is being updated to VFX Platform 2017 -- which includes several major updates to key libraries used within Nuke, including Python, Pyside and Qt -- and also introduces a new type of group node which offers a powerful new collaborative workflow for sharing work among artists. Live Groups referenced in other scripts automatically update when a script is loaded, without the need to render intermediate stages. Nuke Studio's intelligent background rendering is now available in Nuke and NukeX. The Frame Server takes advantage of available resource on your local machine, enabling you to continue working while rendering is happening in the background. The LensDistortion node in NukeX has been completely revamped, with added support for fisheye and wide-angle lenses and the ability to use multiple frames to produce better results. It is now also GPU-enabled, as is the new GPU accelerated disk caching in Nuke Studio that allows users to cache part or all of a sequence to disk for smoother playback of more complex sequences. [source]

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NewTek ships LightWave 3D 2018

NewTek LightWave 2018 screenshot NewTek, Inc., announced availability of LightWave 2018, the new iteration of their comprehensive 3D animation system. The software for Windows and Mac operating systems is available from January 1, 2018, and introduces new features for physically-based rendering, VR rendering, and more. It also extends the functionality of popular features like the buffer system, FiberFX, cel-shading, object deformations, and others. The new version offers a completely rewritten rendering, shading and lighting architecture for greater realism, accuracy and ease-of-use as well as expanded workflow for render and light buffers that simplifies compositing and offers more flexibility, including real-time preview of new buffers in any viewport using Viewport Preview Renderer (VPR). Using the new volumetric render primitives, artists can specify physical properties, Scattering, Absorption and Emission parameters, along with powerful node networks. New lighting architecture brings physical lights that can be optionally visible to the camera, and improved loading of IES web files to better match the intensity of real manufactured lights. The Surface Editor has also been overhauled for the new shading system with powerful node-based materials. The Layout View viewport in the Modeler shows the current camera view from Layout, and features fully interactive tools including Lattice, Smoothing, Array and Spline Bridge. Additionally, LightWave 2018 includes new enhancements to the VPR and introduces many additional new features and improvements such UDIM texture support, more supported presets, FiberFX, Unity 5 support, and more. LightWave 2018 for Windows and Mac OS is out now for 995 USD. Registered owners of any previous version of LightWave 3D can upgrade to LightWave 2018 for 295 USD through March 31, 2018. A no-cost 30-day full-feature trial of LightWave 2018 can be downloaded here. [source]

Steinberg WaveLab 9.5 trial version now available
Steinberg announced the immediate availability of the free trial versions of WaveLab Pro 9. [more]
Grass Valley EDIUS 9 demo version
Grass Valley launched EDIUS 9, new version of its popular Windows-based video editing platform. [more]
Brainworx brings British E-Series console to the masses
Plug-in developer Brainworx announced the availability of bx_console E -- their flagship plug-in that pairs a 72-channel emulation of the high-end, hit-making British E-Series console complete with comprehensive compressor/limiter, expander/gate, four-band parametric EQ, and wide-ranging filter sections, together with flexible signal routing, just like the original console. [more]
Boris Continuum 11.0.2 adds FCP X support and speed improvements
The new, free Boris Continuum 11.0.2 update adds support for Apple FCP X and Motion 5 as well as speed improvements to the VR Unit, Title Studio, and 3D Objects, plus new Title Studio presets. [more]
Red Giant Universe 2.2.2 with DaVinci Resolve 14 support
Red Giant Software released Universe 2.2.2, an update to Red Giant Universe, its GPU-accelerated plug-ins for editors and motion graphics artists. [more]
NewTek ships LightWave 3D 2018
NewTek, Inc., announced availability of LightWave 2018, the new iteration of their comprehensive 3D animation system. [more]

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