Friday, September 9th, 2011 Posted by Jim Thacker

The Foundry unveils new timeline tool for Nuke

The Foundry has announced HIERO, a new timeline tool for Nuke at the IBC trade show.

According to the news release, HIERO is intended to allow VFX artists to view their work in the context of the current edit within Nuke, rather than having to tie up other tools cutting the results together.

HIERO is due to ship in November. The price hasn’t been announced yet.

Available this year, HIERO is a desktop application for collaborative VFX workflow. It provides a scriptable timeline tool for NUKE that conforms edit decision lists and parcels out VFX work to NUKE artists. Close NUKE integration allows shot progress to be viewed in the context of the edit, and will in turn free up finishing systems to concentrate on their real strength – finishing.

HIERO also significantly reduces the infrastructure work required to keep a VFX team up and running with pain free shot distribution and management.

Senior Product Designer, Matt Plec said, “NUKE is already a powerful compositing tool, but it’s missing a component many artists need. HIERO provides the missing link functionality currently dealt with either by expensive tools, in-house scripting or a cumbersome manual process. HIERO’s the bridge tool our customers have been asking for.”

Tony Lawrence, Head of 2D, Smoke and Mirrors, “We love that The Foundry are developing a product as sophisticated as HIERO. The flexibility, ease of use and integration into our pipeline will increase our output, allowing even more jobs to pass through our facility. The Foundry has yet again come up with a solution that will benefit the post production community.”

HIERO is slated for release in November 2011 will be available on OSX and Linux, with Windows to follow.

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