(Venice, CA. July 28, 2006) At SIGGRAPH 2006, D2 Software, Inc., a subsidiary of Digital Domain, Inc., is announcing that it will make a free non-commercial version of its NUKE™ compositing software available for download on August 31, 2006. The new version is designed to enable artists, students, and graphics professionals to learn and experiment with the high-end NUKE toolset used by 40 visual effects companies on films such as Titanic, I, Robot, My Super Ex-Girlfriend, The Ant Bully, King Kong, The Wild
, and many other film, commercial, and animation projects.
Geared for Experimentation
With the new trial version, artists can explore the high-end creative toolset found in the current commercial version of NUKE, including the 3-D workspace with .OBJ support and 3-D camera projection, image-based keying, 64 channels of EXR image data, and many more features developed by artists specifically to address the challenges of high-end compositing. Users can even create custom scripts using NUKE’s extensible TCL-based architecture. Downloadable documentation and tutorials, along with the familiar-feeling user interface introduced with version 4.5 will help new users get up to speed quickly. With the experimental user on a home desktop system in mind, D2 Software has controlled the output by watermarking and limiting the render and playback capability to 640 x 480 resolution images.
Ray Corbett is a Visual Effects Instructor at Vancouver Film School, which incorporates NUKE in its visual effects curriculum. He said, “More than anything else, students crave to get their hands on actual film production tools. Having a free downloadable version of NUKE gives them access to software used by professionals, and that’s always a competitive advantage.”
Dominick Spina, product and operations manager for D2 Software, said, “Our goal with this trial version of NUKE is to give artists the chance to explore NUKE and see what it’s all about – whether they’re students new to compositing, freelancers looking to expand their expertise, or facility professionals considering their compositing options. We’re looking to build the NUKE community.”
The trial version of NUKE will be available for the Windows platform only, and will not include the integrated FrameCycler™ plug-in found in the commercial version. Artists can download the trial version of NUKE starting August 31, 2006 from http://www.d2software.com
or email email@example.com now to receive the file automatically upon availability.
NUKE is the first commercially available, high-end compositing system designed by artists, for artists to solve production issues that all visual effects studios encounter. It began as the in-house compositing and effects application at Digital Domain, where it won an Academy Award® for Technical Achievement and has been used to generate effects for more than 45 feature films and hundreds of commercials and music videos. Since its commercial release, more than 40 leading effects houses worldwide -- including Weta Digital, DNA Productions, ReelFX, Mikros Image, Ascent Media Group, Method Studios, and others -- have made the production-proven NUKE compositor part of their pipelines. Available for the Linux, Irix, Windows, and Mac platforms, NUKE delivers unparalleled speed, an extensible 64-channel TCL-based architecture, and a powerful feature set that is unrivaled in the desktop market. For further information, please visit www.d2software.com