GridIron Nucleo Pro 2 Now Shipping


Last Updated: July 30, 2007 5:27 pm GMT
(Ottawa, ON, Canada July 30, 2007)GridIron® Software today announced the availability of NucleoR Pro 2, an upgrade to the productivity enhancement tool that optimizes the workflow for visual effects artists using Adobe® After Effects®.

With workflow enhancements like Spec Preview, Spec Render, Commit to Disk, and Background Render, Nucleo Pro allows creative professional users to harness the full power of their multi-processor or multi-core computer.

New Features in Nucleo Pro 2

Nucleo Pro 2 expands the workflow possibilities with support for 3D rendering applications in the Background Render Queue and Pre-Composition Proxies.

Background Render Queue for 3D Applications

With Nucleo Pro 2, motion graphics artists can manage After Effects and 3D renders from one convenient spot. Simply drag projects for any of the supported applications into the Background Render Queue. Then specify the appropriate render settings and allow Nucleo Pro to initiate and manage the render in the background. Support is available for most popular 3D rendering applications, including: Autodesk 3ds Max, Autodesk Maya, Maxon Cinema 4D, Newtek LightWave, Softimage XSI, and Apple Shake.

Pre-Composition Proxies

After Effects allows compositions in a timeline to be represented by pre-rendered frames to improve preview performance. This is known as proxying. Nucleo Pro 2's Pre-Composition Proxy feature makes proxying extremely simple by allowing the addition of a proxy with a single keystroke. If a proxied composition is changed, Nucleo Pro 2 re-renders only the modified frames in the background, then updates the composition's proxy automatically. After Effects users now have an easy way to proxy without ever having to worry about a proxy getting out of date, or ever having to manually render and import the proxy frames.

"It's important for creative professionals to work in a fluid environment, where they can move easily between different programs and maintain their creative momentum. GridIron Software addresses this need with Nucleo Pro 2, which allows Autodesk Maya and 3ds Max users to render projects in the background, while continuing their work in our 3D animation, modeling and rendering applications," said Rob Hoffmann, senior product marketing manager at Autodesk.

"The Orphanage had direct input on the feature request list for the release of Nucleo Pro 2. We're happy to see the ability to cache pre-composition proxies made the cut. This allows us a new way to tag parts of a clip to be rendered in the background, as well as later apply updates only to the necessary frames in the render," said Stu Maschwitz, Co-Founder and CTO at The Orphanage.

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Pricing and Availability
  • Nucleo Pro 2 ($395 US) supports all versions of Adobe After Effects version 7.0 and the new After Effects CS3 Professional on both Windows and Mac OS X.

  • Nucleo Pro 1 customers may upgrade to Nucleo Pro 2 for $99. . Nucleo customers may upgrade to Nucleo Pro 2 for $350.

About GridIron Software
GridIron Software is the leading software provider in high performance workflow. GridIron's mission is to provide tools that leverage its unique expertise in parallel programming and system optimization, for the creative content professional. With products that allow users to improve and expand their workflow, GridIron is the market leader in developing efficiencies for the creative professional.


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