Foundry ships Nuke 12.2, NukeX 12.2, Nuke Studio 12.2
Wednesday, July 22, 2020 | Written by Jim Thacker
Foundry has released Nuke 12.2, the latest version of the node-based compositing software that provides initial support for importing data in USD format, and a new MOV writer for importing or exporting .mov files.
Nuke Studio, which adds a multi-track editorial timeline, receives Sync Review, a new synchronous real-time shot review system currently in beta.
The updates also add a new license roaming system that allows offline artists to check out licenses from their studio's floating license server for 30 days.
The releases were announced during the company's Foundry Live events during the normal Siggraph 2020 week along with Nuke Indie, a new freelance version of the software for $ 499 / year.
All editions of Nuke 12.2: Capture geometry from USD files using ReadGeo
New features that are common to all editions of the software include the option to import data in USD format.
The functionality available through Nuke's ReadGeo node enables users to import animated networks and point clouds and currently supports both USD and USDA files, including color, normal and UV data.
Foundry describes the initial implementation as intended to pull the key geometry from a USD file instead of reading in full production scenes.
The company plans to expand USD support in future updates, starting with other key nodes, including the camera node and TransformGeo.
As with Foundry's new USD import plugin for Mari, the ReadGeo extensions will be available open source, allowing studios to create their own custom USD tools.
All editions of Nuke 12.2: license roaming, new MOV reader
Other changes that are common to each edition are the new license roaming system [see video above].
This way, a studio’s floating license server can check out licenses so artists can use them offline for 30 days, e.g. B. if you work from home.
The update also introduces a new MOV reader to replace the old mov32 reader / writer. This is becoming obsolete because Apple no longer supports 32-bit apps in macOS Catalina.
Foundry said the new system should improve performance and article labeling when importing or exporting .mov files, and should support AAC Audio when importing .mov, .mp4, or .m4a files.
Nuke Studio 12.2: Experimental new synchronous real-time verification system
Nuke Studio users also get Sync Review, a new synchronous real-time shot review system modeled after RV Sync, cineSync, or the latest versions of ftrack.
Multi-site users can review and annotate footage together, each with access to live playback and viewer controls. In addition, soft effects can be adjusted or switched between versions.
The maximum number of users and the playback resolution are only limited by hardware and bandwidth: According to Foundry, the system was tested internally with eight people each.
The work on Sync Review has been accelerated due to the number of artists working from home during the COVID 19 restrictions, so the feature is still officially in beta.
The functionality due in future updates includes synchronizing the A / B buffer for side-by-side-shot comparisons.
In addition, Nuke Studio can now write DNxHR MXF files to adapt to the functionality introduced in Nuke 12.1.
Pricing and system requirements
Nuke 12.2, NukeX 12.2 and Nuke Studio 12.2 are available for 64-bit Windows 10, CentOS 7.4+ Linux and MacOS 10.14+.
Both Nuke's node-locked and floating licenses cost $ 4,988. NukeX costs $ 9,928 and Nuke Studio costs $ 10,758. Rental prices are also available.
Read an overview of the new features in the Nuke 12.2 family on the product website
For a complete list of new features in the Nuke 12.2 family, see Foundry's online release notes
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