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The Foundry at IBC 2006 (Stand 7.638)

New Tinderbox for After Effects, Furnace 3 for Discreet, Forge dust-busting (July 27, 2006)

Leading visual effects developer The Foundry is pleased to announce Tinderbox 4, a major new product release for After Effects, the European debut of Furnace 3 for Discreet, and its much acclaimed Forge automated dust-busting solution, at IBC 2006. Visitors wanting to enhance workflow and boost productivity in VFX post production will find these solutions on offer at The Foundrys stand 7.638.

After Effects customers looking to enhance their creative VFX arsenals will be delighted with the latest addition to The Foundrys Tinderbox range. Tinderbox 4 is a brand new collection of 18 visual effects filters featuring new plug-ins like Colourist, for automatic colour correction and balancing, Cartoon to give images a hand-drawn cartoon look, and Fire for generating animated flames, plus whole range of other creative effects.

In addition to the new Tinderbox 4 range, The Foundrys Tinderbox 1, 2 and 3 have been re-engineered to take advantage of the new features within After Effects 7.0. These include automatic synchronisation with the After Effects in-built camera and lighting features, support for 32-bit floating point images, brand new licensing to make it more flexible for customers to have plug-ins on multiple machines, as well as significant speed and feature enhancements.

?Tinderbox has the widest variety of plug-ins for the money that you will actually use! There isnt a commercial I edit that doesnt have something from The Foundry on it. Carl MacNeal, Editpod Inc.

Furnace 3 for Discreet will make its European debut at IBC 2006. The next generation of The Foundrys world-renowned Furnace tools now comprises over 30 advanced image-processing plug-ins which enhance workflow and boost productivity. The Furnace 3 collection includes Correlate, an intelligent solution to help automate the alignment of two clips; fast new matting tools including MatteToRoto, a plug-in that helps artists to effortlessly edit and tidy ill-defined RGB and alpha mattes without the need for time-consuming rotoscoping; and DeNoise, an enhanced noise and grain removal plug-in.

Visitors looking to assess the latest scanning technology will have the opportunity to check out Forge, The Foundrys automated dirt and dust busting software. Winner of the IBC 2005 New Product Award, Forge is a command line application that automatically detects and corrects the day-to-day flecks of dirt, dust and hair that occur on digital film scans.

For maximum benefit, Forge can be integrated into a scanning pipeline alongside a scanner with an infrared dirt detection pass. When used in this way, Forge automatically produces clean plates without the risk of so called ?false positives, with very limited impact on film scanning times. When used alongside an infrared scanner Forge massively reduces the need for operator-assisted dirt removal and reduces the cost of everyday scanning. Visitors can see Forge working within the scanning pipeline at the FilmLight stand 7.110.

?We tried all of the dust busting systems on the market and found it very difficult to set up an efficient work flow using them. The technology was not at fault it was just that automated dust detection is not perfect and none of the available systems supported an efficient auto/manual detection hybrid with auto correction. Knowing that the guys at the Foundry are very smart and have extensive experience in providing film tools, I was keen to work with them on developing an efficient dust busting system that would sit well in the DI pipeline and give the best possible productivity. The guys at the Foundry have as usual come up with the goods and Forge is the tool for dust busting we have all been waiting for! Steve Prescott, Group Director of Technology, Framestore CFC.

In addition, The Foundry will be demonstrating its full range of visual effects plug-ins and image processing tools on some of the industries leading compositing platforms.

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, Autodesk 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, Autodesk, D2 Software and others.


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