ARRI and the Foundry drive ARRIRAW forward with support in HIERO and NUKE


Last Updated: September 11, 2012 3:55 am GMT
(London & Munich--September 11, 2012) The Foundry, a world-leading innovator in visual effects technologies - and developers of the award-winning NUKE VFX compositing tool - announce native support for the ARRI ALEXA camera family´s ARRIRAW capture format in its NUKE 7.0 and HIERO 1.5 software updates.

Full resolution ARRIRAW footage can be loaded directly into HIERO for conform, review, and transcoding for further VFX work, without pre-conversion. The latest version of NUKE, which will be available to buy this autumn, also boasts native support for ARRIRAW – both tools providing a major step forward in cost-optimizing ARRIRAW workflows for high-end VFX work.

“ARRIRAW was launched just over 18 months ago as the premium uncompressed, uncompromised, full resolution recording format for ALEXA camera systems,” comments Neil Fanthom, Head of Global Sales Strategy for ARRI’s digital camera systems. “During that time, we have seen an abundance of high-end 2D and 3D movie productions embrace ARRIRAW for its pure image fidelity and no-nonsense workflow - which is especially suited to VFX-heavy features. The inclusion of native ARRIRAW support in NUKE - and now HIERO - will further increase the attraction of ARRIRAW capture through the provision of more efficient workflows and VFX shot management without compromising on image quality or cost.”

Ant Nasce, HIERO Product Manager at The Foundry comments: “The Foundry is committed to improving support for high-end cameras to help our customers do high-end VFX work. Native ARRIRAW support in both HIERO and NUKE is a really big deal for our customers who will now be able to playback ALEXA ARRIRAW footage natively, in all its glory, or transcode out to other image formats with the correct look and color.”

About ARRI:
With headquarters located in Munich, Germany, Arnold and Richter Cine Technik (A&R) was founded in 1917 and is the world's largest manufacturer and distributor of motion picture camera, digital intermediate (DI) and lighting equipment. The ARRI Group comprises a global network of subsidiaries, agents and representatives that covers all aspects of the film industry: design, engineering, production, equipment rental, turnkey lighting solutions, postproduction, film and sound laboratory services, and visual effects. Manufactured products include the groundbreaking ALEXA digital camera system, film cameras, professional camera accessories, cutting edge LED lighting and DI solutions such as the ARRISCAN and archive tools. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has recognized ARRI’s engineers and their technical contributions with 18 Scientific and Engineering Awards.

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About The Foundry
The Foundry is a world-leading innovator in visual effects technologies and is internationally renowned for its product design and collaborative approach. Founded in 1996, the company has established itself as a critical partner to major feature film studios and post production houses worldwide including The Mill, ILM, The Moving Picture Company, Walt Disney Animation, Weta Digital, Framestore, Sony Pictures Imageworks and Digital Domain.

The company's products have been used to create breath-taking effects sequences on a wide range of features, television projects and commercials. High profile examples include the 2012 Oscar® winners, HUGO (Best Visual Effects) and Rango (Best Animated Feature Film) as well as the EMMY award winning Boardwalk Empire.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awarded a Sci-Tech Award® to The Foundry’s development team for the FURNACE image processing suite in 2007 – and the company now holds two products with AMPAS Sci-Tech Award® winning technology including high-end compositing system NUKE.

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