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The Foundry Releases Furnace on After Effects

Kronos: optical flow retimer and Steadiness: smooths camera shake By Guy Wright

The Foundry, the leading visual effects plug-in vendor, today announced the availability of Furnace for Adobe After Effects. Furnace is the result of two years research and development working closely with film effects houses; the suite of plug-ins is designed to reduce many complex day-to-day compositing problems. Furnace is based on motion estimation technology and has already been used on films including The Matrix, Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings.

This algorithm uses motion-estimation technology to build inbetween frames in a sequence. Kronos can be used to slow down or speed up a clip. Artificial motion blur can be calculated from the motion vectors. Much of our research has concentrated on reducing the edge-dragging between foreground and background objects that is commonly seen with other retiming products.

This plug-in automatically tracks and removes camera shake, without requiring the user to select tracking points. It can even stabilize a shot where insufficient stable points exist for conventional tracking, or where good data points continually move off the screen during a sequence. High-frequency camera shake can be removed without affecting the smooth underlying motion. The algorithm can also lock a clip to a specified frame.

PRICE: $650/350. Also available are floating and render licenses.

You can download a FREE fully licensed 15 day copy from:

About The Foundry
The Foundry is a software developer specializing in plug-in visual effects for the film and video markets. The company was set up in 1996 by Bruno Nicoletti after writing custom effects for flame operators at Rushes Post Production in London.

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Guy Wright has been kicking around computers and video for more years than he cares to admit and written too many articles to count. He has been a director, editor, producer, video operator, and announcer for a score of radio and TV stations. His credits include hundreds of insipid local-origination programs and commercials, dozens of cheesy radio spots, and even a book or two. Mainly he writes and edits articles for Digital Media Online.
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