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The Foundry To Show Furnace for Shake

Plugin suite targeted toward film compositors By Dave Nagel
The Foundry says it will be previewing a new set of plugins for Apple's Shake compositing package at the IBC 2002 conference. The Foundry produces plugins (such as Tinderbox) for Adobe After Effects, Avid|DS, high-end Discreet systems and other platforms. The new package--Furnace--is targeted specifically toward film compositors.

Furnace, unlike other Foundry plugin sets, is not an effects package, but provides additional compositing and rotoscoping tools to Shake. According to The Foundry, a prerelease version is being used by The Moving Picture Company on Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and Jackie Chan's Highbinders for wire removal.


Furnace's plugins include:

  • Wire Removal;
  • Rig Removal;
  • Retimer (for building inbetween frames and reducing edge dragging);
  • Steadiness (for removing translational and rotational camera shake);
  • Deflicker;
  • Degrain;
  • Regrain;
  • Texture Replication (for generating seamless plates of imagery from a sample picture).

The Foundry has not yet announced OS support for Furnace. But it will be out sometime near the end of the year, well after Apple releases the Mac OS X version of Shake. We'll update you when The Foundry does announce which OSes the plugins will support. The Foundry says that Furnace will also be ported at a later date for other compositing packages. Pricing has not yet been set. For more information, visit http://www.thefoundry.co.uk.


Contact the author: Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at dnagel@digitalmedianet.com.

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