(London, UK--August 3, 2010) Leading visual effects software developer The Foundry announced today a new release of OCULA – their unique collection of plug-in tools that address common problems experienced with stereoscopic imagery in post production.
Winner of a TVB Europe IBC Award in 2008 and an iaward in 2009, OCULA boosts productivity and ultimately helps deliver a more rewarding stereoscopic viewing experience.
OCULA 2.1, created by The Foundry’s SCITECH Award®-winning R&D team, is the result of a number of collaborations with artists on high end stereo projects including Avatar. This production testing has enabled us to deliver significant improvements to workflow and robustness.
A big research effort has resulted in huge improvements to ColourMatcher, allowing for the reliable correction of serious localised colour differences introduced by the polarising effects in mirror and prism rigs.
DisparityGenerator now generates higher-quality disparity maps, with a range of new parameters to help get the best results from tricky footage. We have also added a DisparityViewer plug-in to help visualise disparity maps.
The VerticalAligner tool, used for the correction of misaligned plates, can now also correct existing 3d camera solves at the same time as performing the image correction and the Solver tool, used to calculate stereo geometry, now has a number of workflow improvements, including the ability to manually add feature matches between views.
“The OCULA plug-ins for Nuke became an impressive and invaluable toolset for us on Avatar. I wouldn’t want to dive into another stereo show without them in the arsenal.”
Erik Winquist, compositing supervisor on Avatar at Weta Digital.
For more information on OCULA and a full list of the plug-ins see http://www.thefoundry.co.uk/ocula
Nuke is currently the only visual effects compositing system that supports Ocula.
Availability and Pricing
OCULA 2.1 is a free upgrade to existing customers. Just contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Now shipping, OCULA 2.1 is priced at $10,000 / £5,000. Also shipping, NUKE 6.1 is priced at $3,500 / £2,300 with render nodes priced at: $250 / £165, with the annual maintenance and support contract prices at $1,000 / £650 per GUI license. NUKE 6.1 is available for existing customers with valid maintenance at no extra cost, customers can download now from The Foundry website http://www.thefoundry.co.uk