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The Foundry To Launch Forge and preview Furnace 3 on Shake

Major new product preview and new product launch at IBC 2005 (August 09, 2005)

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.

In addition to the new releases, Tinder 5 and Furnace 2 for Discreet launched at NAB earlier this year will be making European debuts. The Foundry will also be demonstrating its collection of OFX plug-ins on Autodesk's new compositing software, Toxik, as well as the full range of products for After Effects, Avid DS, Discreet Systems and Shake.

Furnace 3
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 sneak preview. The release of the full, shipping version is expected in December 05.

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 will run on standard commodity hardware therefore removing the need to purchase or lease expensive proprietary hardware to clean up your footage.

Autodesk Media and Entertainment have announced OFX support to the latest version of Toxik, their recently launched compositing software. The Foundry released OFX, an open API for visual effects software in January 2004, since its launch the API has received enormous support from the industry with FilmLight, Nucoda, D2 Software, Grass Valley, Eyeon Software Inc, Interactive FX, DVS, SGO and Assimilate all confirming platforms supporting OFX.

The Foundry will be demonstrating its collection of OFX plug-ins on Toxik and have announced a 25% special offer discount for all new Toxik customers. The special offer includes The Foundry's Furnace, Tinder and Keylight for OFX plug-ins and ends 19th November 2005.

Furnace and Tinder on Discreet
The Foundry will be demonstrating Tinder 5, a comprehensive collection of over 90 plug-ins engineered to enhance the creative capabilities of Discreet's flame, flint, inferno, fire and smoke. And Furnace 2, a suite of tools based on advanced motion estimation technology, designed to help artists correct day-to-day compositing problems. Officially launched at NAB earlier this year, The Foundry will be demonstrating the latest releases for its European customers.

Availability and pricing
Now shipping, Furnace 2 on Discreet is available to existing customers for $2,000 / £1,000 node-locked and $3,000 / £1,500 floating.

With the following variations;
Furnace 2 node-locked priced at: $6,600 / £4,250
Furnace 2 float priced at: $9,900 / £6,375

Now shipping, Tinder 5 is available to existing (Vs 2, 3, 4) customers for $1,000 / £550 node-locked and $1,500 / £825 floating.

With the following variations;
Tinder 5 node-locked priced at: $5,750 / £3,000
Tinder 5 float priced at: $8,625 / £4,800

The Foundry products are widely acclaimed across the industry, having been used by thousands of artists on a wide variety of projects including Batman Begins, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, The Matrix and Valiant.

All of The Foundry products are available for demonstration on stand 7.638. To book an appointment, please contact Louise Gray-Murray +44 (0)7798 518381 or e-mail [email protected]

About The Foundry
The Foundry is a London based software developer specialising in visual effects technology for the film and video markets. From an initial start-up in 1996 by Bruno Nicoletti, The Foundry has grown considerably in size and scope over the last nine years. Initially Bruno and his business partner Simon Robinson used their extensive experience in post production to produce Tinder plug-ins for Discreet's® Flame® systems - the first set of such plug-ins to be commercially available. Today the company employs more than a dozen people and develops and markets plug-ins on a range of host applications, including After Effects, AutodeskT Media Entertainment Systems, Apple's Shake and Avid|DS.

The company now also successfully licenses its sophisticated image processing technology to third parties, expanding its scope beyond plug-ins. The Foundry has also used its considerable influence to drive the development of an open standard for visual effects plug-ins known as OpenFX, which is gaining wide acceptance by host and plug-in developers, such as Grass Valley, FilmLight, AutodeskT, D2 Software and others.

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