Nuke 8 is coming

A new version of The Foundry’s flagship product will be shipping in 2013, with the company announcing at IBC that NUKE 8 is set for launch later this year. The Foundry’s timeline tool for NUKE, HIERO, will also be upgraded to version 1.8 this year.

fxguide speaks exclusively to NUKE Product Manager Jon Wadelton about the changes – see below. But first, just what are the main upgrades in NUKE 8?

Dope Sheet – artists will be able to see and move keys around in the context of a timeline style view. They will be able to see the results and each property of a node accurately displayed in context. The Foundry says the new viewing capability will make working with any scripts that involve time manipulation a much more simple process.

New Text node – lets artists compose, edit and animate directly in the viewer.

Color grading and correction – the NUKE UI has been updated to include an in-panel color wheel to control hue, saturation and value, with an automatic precision mode or optional absolute mode for finer tweaking. There’ll also be a new Pixel Analyser and a Match Grade node.

New scope tools – can be used to analyse the picture like Waveform, Vectorscope and Histogram viewers.

Camera Tracker – this is being updated to add to add to the set solve functionality and will let artists track and solve cameras from reference stills. The Model Builder will also feature UV creation.

New 3D tools – includes Viewer Capture to allow users to flipbook images from the 2D and 3D Viewer, a new Edit Geo node, a Particle Cache node and the Wireframe Shader node for various visual effects and increased control over projection mapping.

Deep Output to the Scanline Renderer – part of the Deep Compositing workflow.

Open source – OpenEXR 2.0 multi-part image read and write support and Alembic 1.5 support.

In-context help system – this is a new feature for NUKE 8.

Developer tools – developers will be able to write their own image processing operations inside of NUKE using the new Blink Script node, which utilizes the GPU. Developers will also be able to rely on the new Import NUKE function to use NUKE as a module in any Python interpreter, and developers of C++ plugins will be able to output planar data via the new Planar Rendering Framework.

HIERO updates – changes include improved playback performance, color handling controls, and editing audio controls that will give users access to Per Track and Per Item Volume Controls.