Foundry Releases Nuke 11 Beta to Maintenance Customers
Foundry (yes not “The Foundry” anymore. I still can’t get used to it) has pushed out a beta version of Nuke 11 to maintenance contract customers. It seemed like a low key announcement to me, likely due to largely behind the scene improvements, and one standout feature, LiveGroups.
LiveGroups allow artists to take a section of the node tree and essentially collapse it into a file on disk which is then referenced in the tree. These can then be worked on and versioned independently. People sharing the file have complete control on when they incorporate the work into the new composite.
New Feature List:
- VFX Reference Platform 2017: The Nuke family is being updated to VFX Platform 2017 which includes several major updates to key libraries used within Nuke, including Python, Pyside, and Qt. This is a substantial piece of work done under the hood to keep Nuke up-to-date with industry standards.
- Live Groups: A new type of group node which introduces a powerful new collaborative workflow for sharing work among artists. Live Groups referenced in other scripts automatically update when a script is loaded, without the need to render intermediate stages, making it easy for artists to tackle different sections of a shot or project simultaneously.
- Frame Server in Nuke and NukeX: Nuke Studio’s intelligent background rendering is now in Nuke and NukeX. The Frame Server takes advantage of available resource on your local machine, enabling you to continue working while rendering is happening in the background.
- New Lens Distortion in NukeX: The LensDistortion node has been completely revamped, with added support for fisheye and wide-angle lenses, and improved import of data from other lens estimation packages. It is now also GPU-enabled.
- Timeline Disk Cache in Nuke Studio: Nuke Studio now has new GPU accelerated disk caching that allows users to cache part or all of a sequence locally for smoother playback of sequences where you don’t want to localise footage.
- Additional updates and improvements are included in this beta from Smart Vector Toolset updates to expanded support for AMD GPUs on Windows and Linux.