Leading visual effects developer The Foundry, is pleased to announce a major new product preview and new product launch at IBC 2005 ‘ Furnace 3 on Shake, the next generation of its widely used collection of tools for digital artists and Forge, a new standalone application which fits directly into the DI workflow.
Furnace 3 will be a major new product release with a significant number of new plug-ins being added to the existing 21 in the Furnace 2 toolset.
Currently in development, Furnace 3 will be in alpha by IBC and visitors to The Foundry stand will be given a preview. The release of the full, shipping version is expected in December 2005.
Simon Robinson, The Foundry, says, “We are delighted with the industry’s reaction to our ongoing development of Furnace. Furnace continues to be a key product for The Foundry. Since its beginning 5 years ago, when we started our research into these advanced image processing algorithms, Furnace has developed into an exceptionally popular toolset, employed by digital artists on an impressive list of feature films and productions.”
Utilising The Foundry’s advanced motion estimation technology, Forge is a command line application that processes digital film scans and automatically detects and corrects flecks of dirt, dust and hair.
Forge is built on The Foundry’s proven motion estimation and dirt removal technology, which has previously only been available as plug-ins to third party applications. This technology has been re-engineered into a standalone Linux/UNIX application, which can be slotted directly into your pipeline.
Forge runs on standard commodity hardware, therefore removing the need to purchase or lease expensive proprietary hardware to clean up footage.