An image browser, converter and editor that supports all major graphic formats including BMP, JPEG, JPEG 2000, GIF, PNG, PCX, TIFF, WMF, ICO, TGA and camera raw files. It has a nice array of features such as image viewing, management, comparison, red-eye removal, emailing, resizing, cropping, color adjustments, musical slideshow and much more.


Beginner’s Guide to Codecs

This post provides an introduction to video codecs. It’s an entry-level article designed to help streaming newbies understand what codecs are, what they do, how to compare them, and why they succeed or fail. 

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The colour of each pixel is stored as three values (red, green, blue). The image type depends on how much storage is allotted to each pixel (colour depth). Colour Depth also known as bit depth, is either the number of bits used to indicate the colour of a single pixel, or the number of bits used for each colour component of a single pixel.

Greyscale is black and white with varying degrees of grey, 256 shades of grey. Good for rendering out black-and-white subjects and some types of texture maps such as displacement maps.

8-Bit Image File (a.k.a. 24-Bit Colour Display. Each colour channel is given 8 bits for a range of 256 shades of each red, green and blue channel = 16 million colours. Most monitors are capable of 8-bit colour reproduction.

16-Bit Image File holds 16-bits of information for each channel used in television and film eg TIFF16

32-Bit Image File such as OpenEXR gives an incredible amount of range in each colour channel, being able to adjust a wide range of tones and hues.

High Dynamic Range Imagery HDRI are 32-bit float images that combine several digital photos into one image file. Photos taken with different levels of light using various exposures creating a series of images from dark (very fast exposure) to normal to blown-out brightness (overexposure). Often used for lighting setups for scenes in which CG is integrated with a live-action background using image-based lighting (IBL).

ALPHA CHANNEL is a transparency channel, also known as a Matte Channel defines the portions of an image that is transparent or opaque.

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The main difference between file formats is how the image is stored.

Video compressors/decompressors (called “codecs”) compress according to their own algorithms, with varying results. As the degree of compression increases the colour quality of the image decreases. Compression works by fooling the eye into thinking the pictures are fine, but the minute you start adjusting levels, the absence of that “redundant” picture information can become quite noticeable.

Popular formats to render are TIFF, Maya IFF, Targa giving a good 8-bit image and are either uncompressed or barely compressed (lossless compression). They have an alpha channel

  • 3DS
  • ACC
  • ACELP.net
  • Adobe Illustrator .ai
  • ASE
  • AVI (audio video interleave) and WMV (Windows media video) …
  • AVCHD (advanced video coding, high definition) …
  • BMCC
  • BMP
  • CinemaDNG RAW
  • Cineon
  • DivX – old codec with emphasis on video quality with much larger file size
  • DPX
  • DDS
  • DNxHD
  • DXF
  • encapsulated postscript .eps
  • EPS
  • FACT
  • FBX
  • FLV and SWF (Flash formats)
  • Fraunhofer MP3
  • GIF
  • gITF – jpeg for 3D
  • H.264 – standard for HD content with smaller file size and high quality with lossy or lossless compression
  • HEVC (H.265) – next generation solution for 4K, lossy or lossless
  • HDRI 32-bit float images
  • ICO
  • IFF
  • IMA
  • JPEG
  • LWO
  • Macromedia Flash .swf
  • MKV (matroska format) …
  • MOV and QT (Quicktime formats) …
  • MPEG1
  • MPEG2
  • MP3
  • MP4. …
  • MPEG-4 – commonly used for HD content and newer versions identical to H.264
  • MPEG-7
  • MTS
  • MTX
  • OBJ
  • OpenEXR 32-bit image file
  • PICT
  • PNG
  • PNM/NetPbm
  • PSD
  • QDesign Music 2
  • OpenExr –  is a high dynamic-range (HDR) image file format originally developed by Industrial Light & Magic for use in computer imaging applications. Floating-point file formate, lossless data compression.
  • QTVR – Quicktime VR
  • Qualcomm PureVoice
  • QUICKTIME (mac, video)
  • QuickTime 6
  • REAL MEDIA (PC & Mac)
  • RLA
  • SGI
  • Softimage PIC
  • Sorenson Spark
  • Sorenson Video 3
  • Sorenson MPEG 4
  • STL
  • SVG scalable vector graphics .svg
  • Swift 3D Importer .swift
  • SWF
  • TIFF
  • TIFF16 16-bit image file
  • TS
  • UZR
  • VRML Virtual Reality Modeling Language is a standard file format for representing 3-dimensional (3D) interactive vector graphics, designed particularly with the World Wide Web in mind. It has been superseded by X3D.
  • WEBP
  • WAV
  • Windows Media (PC)
  • WMA
  • WMV Windows Media Video (WMV) is a series of video codecs and their corresponding video coding formats developed by Microsoft
  • WMV7
  • WMV8

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A codec is a piece of software on either a device or computer capable of encoding and/or decoding video and/or audio data from files, streams and broadcasts. The word Codec is a portmanteau of ‘compressor-decompressor’

What is a CODEC?

If you spend any time editing or outputting video, you will come across the term Codec. Because there are so many of them, and it is difficult to tell the difference between them, we put together a quick look to help you get started. If you can understand certain terms, you can better decide which one fits your needs. Let’s start at the beginning with a simple definition.

CODEC short for compressor/decompressor, does all the work of making the digital video fit into the available bandwidth.  There are two main ways codecs work one is spatial compression eg JPEG with the compression algorithm examining the detail of an image and averaging out areas that are similar.  The more parts of an image that are similar, the better it works such as a clear blue sky. The other is the temporal compression which examines the difference between consecutive frames. It produces occasional keyframes and then only stores the changes that occur between the keyframes.  The less something moves in the frame then the more efficient is the compression.

You need to find out what the actual Codec is. You can do this by finding an application that can query the MXF.

There is no DPI in video, it is about pixel dimensions, resolution such as 1920 x 1080.  Consider using large psd’s at 300 DPI at 30 x 60 cm, then can increase the canvas size enabling scale increase without pixelation.

For example: http://www.opencubetech.com/page20/XFReader

Or if you know the camera it came from you can determine the format this way.  If the files are from a camera that has a plugin for premiere then you should just be able to download the plugin from the camera vendors website.

Video Frame Size Calculator

Video Encoding: The Definitive Guide [Updated for 2020]

Video technology has undergone massive evolution in the past couple of decades. This growth has come simultaneously with the development of the internet.   While motion pictures—videos made of large collections of still photos—were fine in the age of VHS tapes and even DVDs, it made for excessively bulky files when videos became digital. It became difficult to upload and share with more modern types of hardware.  Video encoding was brought to life as a solution to aid in this technological transition.

Video Compression Basics: Encoding Definition and Adaptive Bitrate

Are you seeking a way into the world of Video Technology and Development, but don’t know where to start? Or perhaps you simply want a quick refresher on key terms that define the industry. If so, this blog post is just for you! Keep reading onwards to learn what encoding is and some of the most important factors within the encoding process.

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Encoding Methods

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The Difference Between Raw Video and Uncompressed Video

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How do I compress a MP4 video so I can upload it to my site? from linkedIn discussion group. 

Hello, I have a technical question for any video or director of photography professionals. I need to compress a MP4 video I worked on so I can upload it to my portfolio website. It is currently huge – 855.2 MB. I need to compress it to 250 MB (( believe thats the limit) or less to be embedded through Vimeo, etc. on my Squarespace site. Does anybody know the best method or app to use. I’m also on a Power Mac OS X 10.6.8 so has compression software has to be compatible. So far the software downloads I’ve found aren’t compatible. Just trying to get it up quickly before I upgrade. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance!!Show less
While recording variable bitrate is very useful, if footage does not have much action. For example in our virtual studio by using EMS(Easy Media Suite), we compress with mpeg2(H264) and with MXF container in variable 10 to 50 Mbps. However, recorded raw video, what is your facility and what is possible solutions determine the results, of course.Show less
Go to mpeg stream clip. change the aspect ratio. you can also do an apple(pro rss 422) to make a mov on final cut pro.
You may try some of free converters available on app store. .. One such is HandleBrak. you may convert any size and scale of video to fit in to your desired size.
Change codec of the source video to H.264 while keeping the format intact.
Output – mp4 with H.264 codecs
Encode to 720p or 1080P Main Concept MP4. AVC video codec at about 4Mbits/sec and AVC audio at about 5Mbits/sec. That will do you fine for Vimeo and YouTube.
Encode to MP4 video better Qulity And any source video Software By “HandBraKe” That will do you fine for Vimeo and YouTube. “HandBraKe” Software is very Powerfull and Simple way use and very usefull
Thr r lot of online free converters available .. search n convert the same in 3gp
Hire someone through upwork or fiverr who understands bitrate and formats to do it for you.
I use PavTube HD Video Converter converts mp4 to flv

ALEMBIC is an interchange file format for computer graphics used by visual effects and animation professionals. It was announced at SIGGRAPH 2011 and has been widely adopted across the industry.  Alembic supports the common geometric representations used in the industry, including polygon meshes, subdivision surface, parametric curves, NURBS patches and particles.  Alembic also has support for transform hierarchies and cameras.  With the latest version comes initial support for materials and lights as well.  Its primary focus is the interchange of geometry (models) between different groups working on the same shots or same assets.

AE mpeg  Now you can easily render out FFmpeg format, (along side some others) directly from After Effects with the new AEmpeg plugin.

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ASPECT RATIO CALCULATOR  the shape of the viewable area of the screen, the ratio of the screen’s width to its height.

  • Academy Standard 1.33:1 or 4:3
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  • Anamorphic Ratio 2.35:1


bbMPEG was about the first free MPEG2 encoder, but it’s obsolete meanwhile because its motion estimation and speed are sub standard.  Maybe its multiplexing capabilities are still of some use.  I keep this page for archival purposes.bbMPEG and AVI2MPG2 are Windows programs that convert AVI files to DVD,SVCD(MPEG2) or VCD (MPEG1).

BLENDER  3D as video viewer and editor

COLOUR DEPTH Colour is stored in each pixel as three values (red, green, blue) with image type depending on how much storage is allotted to each pixel, the colour depth


CINEPAK  is a lossy video codec developed by Peter Barrett at SuperMac Technologies, and released in 1991 with the Video Spigot, and then in 1992 as part of Apple Computer’s QuickTime video suite. One of the first video compression tools to achieve full motion video on CD-ROM.

DATA RATE are the amount of information, audio and video or e-mails, that can be transferred, in a given second.


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  • Open source

EDL edit decision list is used in the post-production process of film editing and video editing. The list contains an ordered list of reel and timecode data representing where each video clip can be obtained in order to conform the final cut.


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FRAME SIZE  Analogue video must conform to a particular specification so that it can be displayed on any TV or monitor with a video input.  When we talk about the video frame size we talk about how many pixels we see on the video screen. A larger frame size gives better quality and a larger file. To determine how many pixels each frame is you simply multiply the width in pixels by the height in pixels to get the total number of pixels. A typical 640×480 TV frame (not HD) is 307200 pixels or about 0.3 MPixels. If you would save one such file in an uncompressed image format, like BMP, you would get a file at least 300kb large.

FRAME RATE  is the number of individual frames that comprise each second of video. Also known as FPS (frames per second), the most common frame rates are 24, 25, and 30 frames per second.  Frame rate greatly impacts the style and viewing experience of a video. Different frame rates yield different viewing experiences, and choosing a frame rate often means choosing between things such as how realistic you want your video to look, or whether or not you plan to use techniques such as slow motion or motion blur effects.

Playing 24fps animation at 30fps will show a slower-moving animation either repeating some frames of ending early. Playing 30fps at 24fps creates a faster-moving animation skipping frames or ending later.

  • NTSC 30 fps
  • PAL 25 fps
  • FILM 24 fps

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GREY SCALE The image is black and white with varying degrees of grey in between, typically 256 shades of grey

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Networks connect all of your devices. Getting connected should be simple. Staying connected should be effortless. Security should be as important as functionality and all the impressive technical points should give way to an equally impressive and organic experience.

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MEGAPIXELS  & IMAGE SENSOR A single layer of image sensors captures light at every pixel location.  A filter covering teh image sensors determines the colour of the light allowed to pass through to the sensor.  This only allows one colour to pass through, so the filter must be designed in a mosaic pattern, with alternating pixels of red, green and blue to capture the full spectrum of colour. Software interpolation is then applied to make a reasonable guess as to what the true colourisation of an image would be.  Three layers of photodetectors in silicon absorb different wavelengths of light at different depths allowing the capture of the colour of light at every pixel and not a mosaic pattern.

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RESOLUTION or Frame Size is the size of the image by the number of horizontal and vertical pixels. The higher the resolution the finer the image detail.

  • VGA 640×480
  • NTSC 720×480 and 720×486
  • PAL 720×586
  • HDTV 1280×720 and 1920×720
  • 2K 2048×1556
  • 4K 4094×3072

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Most of the major video systems used in the world today, including virtually all of the standard definition systems (e.g. 480i (e.g. NTSC), 576i (e.g. PAL and SECAM), and all their digital counterparts) and many of the new HDTV formats (e.g. 1080i but not 720p and not 1080/24p) are field-based (aka interlaced or interleaved), not frame-based (aka progressive-scan).


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VirtualDub is a video capture/processing utility for 32-bit and 64-bit Windows platforms.  It lacks the editing power of a general-purpose editor such as Adobe Premiere, but is streamlined for fast linear operations over video.  It has batch-processing capabilities for processing large numbers of files and can be extended with third-party video filters.  VirtualDub is mainly geared toward processing AVI files, although it can read (not write) MPEG-1 and also handle sets of BMP images.

VLC Media Player

WeTransfer is the simplest way to send your files around the world. Share large files up to 2GB for free.

Wipster  The video review, collaboration and publishing platform for creatives and brands

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TRANSFERS including Super 8 to Digital

XML  Extensible Markup Language is a simple, very flexible text format derived from SGML (ISO 8879). Originally designed to meet the challenges of large-scale electronic publishing, XML is also playing an increasingly important role in the exchange of a wide variety of data on the Web and elsewhere.

ZURBRIGG media player


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From DLF discussuion group.  An idea of how to go about automaticaly doing what is in this video.  Code and instructions from Stib, thanks Stib.

With ffmpeg it’s easy.

On a Mac* / Linux to run input.mp4 through the encoder 1000 times producing output.mp4 type this in a terminal:

for i in {1..1000}; do

ffmpeg -i input.mp4 -preset veryfast output.mp4

mv output.mp4 input.mp4


On Windows with powershell (from the windows menu: run>powershell.exe)

For ($i=0; $i -lt 1000; $i++)  {

“c:program filesffmpegffmpeg.exe” -i input.mp4 -preset veryfast -output.mp4;

rename-item -Force output.mp4 input.mp4;


For either you need ffmpeg. Here’s how to get it:

The easiest way to obtain ffmpeg on mac is with homebrew. Install homebrew as per the instructions on the site and then at a command line type:

brew install ffmpeg

The easiest way to install ffmpeg on Windows is to download a build from zeranoe. For the script above I’m assuming that you put it in c:program filesffmpeg If you add the ffmpeg folder to your PATH you don’t need to type the c:program filesffmpegffmpeg.exe, and can just use ffmpeg

Installing ffmpeg on Linux will depend on your distro. Make sure you’re getting the real ffmpeg, not avconv

You could tweak the process by using different codecs, or changing the quality of the encode. This script uses the default encoder for mp4, namely x.264. If you add the switch: -crf 31 it will encode at the worst quality, and if you use -crf 1 it will be nearly lossless (crf 0 is lossless). You can choose any value in between. The -crf switch goes before the name of the output file, eg:

ffmpeg -i input.mp4 -preset veryfast -crf 20 output.mp4

The veryfast preset does what it says. It doesn’t affect the quality of the encode, just the resulting filesize, by spending less time optimising the encode. for the final encode if you want it to be smaller you could change it to -preset veryslow

And obviously you might want to change the 1000 to any number you have the patience for.

*P.S. for the mac/linux script I used syntax that is only available for recent (3.0 or later) versions of BASH. I can’t remember if Apple are shipping their OS with the modern version of BASH, it hasn’t always been the case. If it doesn’t work try:

for i in $(seq 1000); do

ffmpeg -i input.mp4 -preset veryfast output.mp4

mv output.mp4 input.mp4



I thought about it on my ride to work this morning and realised that those scripts write over the output file each time. If you want to keep all 1000 versions:


for i in {1..1000}; do

n=$(printf “%04dn” $i)

ffmpeg -i input.mp4 -preset veryfast output_$n.mp4



For ($i=0; $i -lt 1000; $i++)  {

$n=”{0:0000}” -f $i

“c:program filesffmpegffmpeg.exe” -i input.mp4 -preset veryfast output_$n.mp4;


That adds a four digit serial number to each copy. Also there was a typo in the windows script. Delete the dash before -output.mp4, the dash is to signify an option, ffmpeg uses the first wird it find that isn’t an option or value to use as its output file.


VHS  |  The Internet Archive’s VHS Vault will send you on a 90s nostalgia trip

The Internet Archive, perhaps best known for the extremely handy Wayback Machine you can use to find older versions of webpages, also has free movies, books, software, and music. Yet a little known part of the organization’s media trove includes uploaded recordings from VHS tapes, as I learned today thanks to this Vice article. They live on The VHS Vault, and as of this writing, there are more than 20,000 recordings you can peruse.

The VHS Vault

A wide collection of trailers, shows, recordings, and other captures on VHS tape.

Professional Streaming Productions Require Computer Hardware That’s Up to the Task

We take a look under the hood and explore the four main hardware components that directly affect performance when building or configuring a streaming workstation.

While live streaming production quality can vary considerably, shows with higher production value do a much better job of attracting and retaining viewers. The advent of powerful streaming software applications has made it possible for anyone to create broadcast-quality productions. Running a powerful, real-time software application demands a certain amount of horsepower from the computer it is being run on. While recommended system requirements are published to guide users wishing to “roll their own” workstation for the purpose, it helps to have some basic knowledge about the unique demands of real-time streaming.
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1. We want to help people make their photos available to the people who matter to them.

Maybe they want to keep a blog of moments captured on their cameraphone, or maybe they want to show off their best pictures or video to the whole world in a bid for web celebrity. Or maybe they want to securely and privately share photos of their kids with their family across the country. Flickr makes all these things possible and more!

To do this, we want to get photos and video into and out of the system in as many ways as we can: from the web, from mobile devices, from the users’ home computers and from whatever software they are using to manage their content. And we want to be able to push them out in as many ways as possible: on the Flickr website, in RSS feeds, by email, by posting to outside blogs or ways we haven’t thought of yet. What else are we going to use those smart refrigerators for?

2. We want to enable new ways of organizing photos and video.

Once you make the switch to digital, it is all too easy to get overwhelmed with the sheer number of photos you take or videos you shoot with that itchy trigger finger. Albums, the principal way people go about organizing things today, are great — until you get to 20 or 30 or 50 of them. They worked in the days of getting rolls of film developed, but the “album” metaphor is in desperate need of a Florida condo and full retirement.

Part of the solution is to make the process of organizing photos or videos collaborative. In Flickr, you can give your friends, family, and other contacts permission to organize your stuff – not just to add comments, but also notes and tags. People like to ooh and ahh, laugh and cry, make wisecracks when sharing photos and videos. Why not give them the ability to do this when they look at them over the internet? And as all this info accretes as metadata, you can find things so much easier later on, since all this info is also searchable.


Working Remotely with Foundry Tools

Working remotely is a rising industry trend further fuelled by the increasing power of cloud computing. More immediately, the restrictions put in place by coronavirus have led many studios to seek out the capability for artists to work remotely. What are your options for implementing a remote working solution using Foundry software, and what considerations do you need to take into account? This article is designed to help you navigate these critical questions.



FOUNDRY EVENTS  |  On Demand and Up Coming Events


ADF: What’s The Foundry buying? The Tech of ADF





Finding hope and inspiration through creativity: lessons from lockdowns


The Foundry (thefoundry.co.uk) is a global developer of computer graphics, visual effects (VFX) and 3D design software for the design, visualization and entertainment industries.
NUKE – thefoundry.co.uk/nuke
HIERO – thefoundry.co.uk/hiero
MARI – thefoundry.co.uk/mari  is 3D painting without limits, combining the power and performance to handle even the most complex assets with artist-friendly 3D paint tools that make the most of your creativity.
MODO – thefoundry.co.uk/modo
KATANA – thefoundry.co.uk/katana
FLIX – thefoundry.co.uk/flix
OCULA – thefoundry.co.uk/ocula




Finding the System ID

  • Download the Foundry License Utility (FLU) to find your system ID:
  • Mac and Windows users: Run the FLU. The System ID will be displayed at the bottom of the window.
  • Linux users: run the following command in the directory where you downloaded the FLU to print out the System ID:
./FoundryLicenseUtility –i
  • If the System ID is of the form Raaaaaaaaaaaa:Xbbbbbbbbbbbb, please see What do I do if the FLU returns two system IDs?

Installing node-locked licenses

Framestore Launchpad Internship – The making of “Behind The Scenes”




The Foundry webinar recordings

The Foundry nuke tutorials

The Foundry on Vimeo

Visual effects editorial and review made easy

Lost Boys – School Spotlight

The luxury of selling in 3D and why it matters to your customers

Does your brand lack digital charisma? In the McKinsey Apparel Go-to-Market Process Survey 2018, 44% of executives surveyed said that their business lacked the digital tools and capabilities to effectively sell online, and 35% believe they don’t communicate a consistent message to their customers. With the new era of e-commerce already upon us, I took some time to look at:

  • What will footwear and apparel customers expect from their digital retail?
  • Tools to communicating with your consumers.
  • The need to think with an immersive experience mindset.

Foundry Education Summit: Solving Tomorrow’s Challenges, Today

Why asset-centric workflows are the future of our pipelines

From production to education with Nicholas Boughen

Unleashing the Power of the Artist with Machine Learning

What’s new in virtual production?

ASWF adopts OpenAssetIO and OpenFX

OpenAssetIO’s Journey into the Academy Software Foundation’s Lifecycle – Mathieu Mazerolle, Foundry

Comandante: Near Real Time Workflows for Virtual Production (Foundry) – Wed., 8/10/22 (Day 2)

Create Magic in HDR  |  Colour and Colour Management with the impact of lower quality and priced monitoring systems

Near Real-Time: Virtual Production with Nuke on-set

Love Death and Robots: Life Hutch | De-Constructed

Adapting a novel into a film is never an easy task

Here’s what the future of previsualization looks like

Your guide to review workflows

Recently, we covered how virtual production and its real time capabilities harbor huge potential for filmmakers and directors everywhere, with Jon Favreau and his 2019 feature film The Lion King serving as an undeniable success story to cement this.


Machine learning (ML) is one of the hot topics in the world of visual effects (VFX) at the moment. Over the past few years, we’ve seen the impact it’s started to have on the VFX industry and the technology that has emerged because of it.  In fact, it almost seems like there is a new ML tool or program being released every other week, all promising to improve the way artists work, create and collaborate. So, amongst the many, what are the key upcoming tools that you, as artists, should watch out for? 

Bringing you the tech of tomorrow for over 20 years

If there’s one thing we can say for sure, it’s this: the visual effects industry isn’t slowing down.  Luckily, we aren’t either. As technology advances and schedules get tighter, creative work meets fresh challenges—so artists need new ways of working and tools that can keep pace.  Our goal is to provide exactly that. We’re constantly anticipating the challenges of tomorrow, so artists can do their best work today.  We’ve had a lot of practice at this, too. Our inroads into innovation span back over twenty years as we strive to offer it throughout our product portfolio, technical expertise and research and developments efforts. Scroll to see more.

Machine Learning: changing the game of Motion Capture

The use of Motion Capture (MoCap) is no anomaly in the world of VFX. For years, the technique has seen actors suiting up in professional spandex and painting dots on their faces, all to capture their expressions and movements so they can live on through their animated counterparts. But now, thanks to machine learning, this process may be set to change.

Design visualization: how Foundry is leading the visual-first revolution

In the 11 years I’ve been at Foundry, I’ve seen amazing changes in VFX. Now, I’m seeing how the same tools used to create the stunning CG in Star Wars are being used to transform product design. Companies from Mercedes Benz to Adidas are harnessing the power of VFX tools to create more realistic, compelling design visualizations than ever before.

Open Standards will change the VFX Industry as we know it

For years now, the film and TV industry has relied upon collaboration between multiple VFX houses for CG-heavy productions.  With that collaboration comes the problem that software, workflows, and even naming conventions vary between facilities.  Fixing these mismatches adds both time and cost to projects, in a challenging environment in which studio margins are already stretched.

An inside look at how USD is set to power-up Foundry software

The swelling adoption of open source standards and the formation of the ASWF is set to have far-reaching implications for the VFX industry in the years to come.  With agreed guidelines in place to govern key aspects of VFX workflows (like color management, geometry and image file formats), it’s expected a new era of pipeline efficiency and collaboration will be begin as Universal Scene Description (USD) matures, as we explored in our previous article.

Star Wars: every kid’s dream come true.  MODO, MARI, KATANA and NUKE help ILM exceed the expectations of millions.

MODO Darrel Anderson, original designer of MeshFusion, discusses the art and science of modelling.

KATANA®’s highly efficient, collaborative approach to lighting and look development gives you the creative scope and scalability to meet the needs of today’s most demanding CG-rendering projects. High-efficiency lighting and look development


The Foundry (thefoundry.co.uk) is a global developer of computer graphics, visual effects (VFX) and 3D design software for the design, visualization and entertainment industries.

SIGGRAPH 2015:  Check out our fantastic guest speaker lineup, plus a special announcement and all the latest news from The Foundry

NON COMMERCIAL VERSIONS  Nuke, Nuke X and Nuke Studio.

Looking for inspiration? Check out these 5 unique 3D art projects

Art, in its most powerful form, comes from a place of passion. A deep-seeded spark ignited within its creator, forged from a diverse melting pot of influences and life experiences, then shaped into something entirely fresh and wondrous. Digital tools have empowered today’s artists to express themselves in exciting new ways, as is evident by the sheer breadth of impressive work flowing from the online creative community.


Introducing Bunsen: build powerful visualization pipelines

Bunsen is your integrated foundation for building scalable, repeatable and unified CAD-to-pixel AEC visualization pipelines.


Webinar and live Q&A session, where I’ll show how Athera provides powerful scripting hooks called Init Scripts. Init Scripts allow you to control how your VFX applications are launched and customized to suit the specific needs of your artists.  Matt Mazerolle

In this webinar, you’ll learn how to build a virtual studio in Athera and learn all the best tips on how to leverage Athera. We’ll also look at: -The key tips and tricks that will make your starting experience with Athera a smooth one. -The main concepts for building a VFX pipeline in the cloud. -How a studio can be set up in the cloud from scratch.


Elara in Action: a scalable VFX pipeline using the elastic power of the cloud  Foundry Product Manager Mathieu Mazerolle and Creative Specialist Richi Paramo talk about Elara – Foundry’s cloud-based pipeline for modern VFX studios.

In this webinar, they:

  • Demonstrate Elara’s key features
  • Show how you can set up a virtual studio in the cloud in minutes

Webinar – Elara in Action: a scalable VFX pipeline using the elastic power of the cloud

Foundry Product Manager Mathieu Mazerolle and Creative Specialist Richi Paramo talk about Elara – Foundry’s cloud-based pipeline for modern VFX studios.

In this webinar, they:

  • Demonstrate Elara’s key features
  • Show how you can set up a virtual studio in the cloud in minutes


Hiero is part of the Nuke family, offering the same powerful multi-track editorial timeline as Nuke Studio.

For VFX producers, coordinators, online editing assistants and VFX editors, Hiero is our powerful interactive editorial timeline for efficiently managing creative projects across the VFX pipeline, onlining and conform, distribution and review.

Sharing a single timeline across your entire team:

  • Gives greater visibility over projects,
  • Lets users manage and set up complex high volume projects quickly and easily, and
  • Reduces the need to reconform for review.

Unlike workflows with many competitor toolkits, Hiero’s timeline is customizable with the same python API as Nuke Studio, allowing direct integration with shot or asset managers. And Hiero can be run on a laptop, making it portable and suitable for working onset.



YouTube Webinar Series

COURSE: Your Path to Lighting & Lookdev Mastery in Katana

TRIXTER takes on Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings with Katana

Crack collaboration wide open with Katana 5.0

Katana 5.0: Build sharable material networks with Macros

Katana 5.0: Multi-shot lighting and rendering with Foresight+

Katana 5.0: Connect lighting and compositing with the Katana to Nuke Bridge

How FutureWorks created The Empire whilst implementing Katana

Lighting challenges in episodic animation: how to solve the limited time crisis

Lighting challenges in episodic animation: the wonders of automation

Lighting challenges in episodic animation: how to blur the barriers between lighting and compositing


Interactive rendering: illuminating a more artist-friendly future with KatanaHighly efficient, collaborative approach to look development and lighting, Katana® gives you the creative scope and scalability to meet the needs of today’s most demanding CG-rendering projects.

For digital artists working hard in the trenches to deliver amazing CG and VFX work on tight production schedules, efficiency and productivity can skyrocket when the vital tools that empower artists to excel are able to keep pace with the speed of their creative flow. Untethered from technical limitations that throw unwanted friction into VFX pipelines, artists can achieve so much more in far less time. Having the room to iterate and adapt more freely also goes a long way towards making the creative process more enjoyable.

Scaling upwards for the Ultra HD and HDR future

Mari is purpose built with these high-resolution demands in mind, pairing scalable power with artist-friendly 3D painting tools capable of working on texture resolutions far higher than current industry standards. “What Mari does is it allows you to paint at these higher resolutions across the entire asset, and you can make these patches up to 32k, so that’s a capability we already have,” says Rory Woodford, Mari Product Manager. “You can put as much paint into Mari as you want, and it’ll always handle it – you’re only limited by your GPUs capabilities.  Regular assets work on a variety of GPUs, but the gnarliest projects require high end GPUs with more VRAM.”.

Python-Programng in Katana for beginner’s M. Kedamath


The Future of Look Development and Lighting Solutions

MARI – Painting realistic skin in Mari 2.0 – link

MARI – Painting realistic skin in Mari 2.0 – link

How to Texture a 3D Character with Mari  I used this Mari technique to cover almost all the body, but there were parts where I had to sculpt from scratch, especially the zone around the spine.

Four crucial reasons to experience 3D painting without limits

Today’s artists are being asked to create increasingly complicated CG to tighter and tighter timelines. It’s imperative they’re equipped with the right tools for the job.  We look at four key ways Mari makes 3D painting and texturing a more intuitive,  efficient and enjoyable experience.

20 incredible 3D paintings that harness the power of Mari

Digital painters have a huge selection of digital painting tools available to bring their ideas to life. Created by FoundryMari® is 3D painting without limits, combining the power and performance to handle even the most complex assets with artist-friendly 3D paint tools that make the most of your creativity.


Shifting to a 3D workflow is changing the game for New Balance  With a history spanning 110 years, New Balance has evolved into one of the most inventive footwear businesses around today. In fact, you might say it has innovation in its DNA.  Back in 1906, its revolutionary flexible shoe arch supports were a huge leap forward in terms of balance and comfort. Later, the company went on to develop the world’s first ripple-soled running shoe.  So it’s no surprise that New Balance is now one of the companies pioneering the way footwear will be made in the future.

Modo 15 – Workflow Elevated

Modo 15.1 – Workflow Refined

Foundry Live: 3D Design for Artists with Modo 15.0

Transforming Fantasy into Reality with Modo and Nuke

First Modo Roadmap: a path to transparency


We believe that drawing with a computer can be as fun and powerful as drawing with pencil and paper. We believe that digital drawing shouldn’t require compromises; you don’t have to choose between pixels and vectors. With Mischief, you just open the application and start drawing.


3D UX Pivot Points


Creating a multiverse of animated possibilities with Marvel’s What If…?

Using the Right Motion Tracking Method for Your Shot

Nuke 13.0 CopyCat in the Wild

What’s Next in Nuke 13.1

Empowering Artists with Nuke 13.0

Machine Learning and Nuke 13.1: what’s next?

Top-down rendering

Transforming Fantasy into Reality with Modo and Nuke

Studio Ghibli shed light on Nuke’s use as part of their first feature-length 3D animation

Artist Spotlight | Shonda Hunt

Streaming for Reviews & Multiple Outputs with NDI | Nuke & Nuke Studio 13.2 Tutorial

Framestore accelerates their creative process using Nuke’s CopyCat

Connecting workflows and removing pipeline friction with interoperability

Storytelling development: why the timeline matters

fxpodcast #335: Nuke meet Unreal, play nicely

Node Pro Tips with Sebastian Schütt

The power of the Nuke 13 series

Foundry has released Nuke’s next series 12

he Nuke 12.0 release brings improved interactivity and performance across the Nuke family, from additional GPU enabled nodes for clean-up to a rebuilt playback engine in Nuke Studio and Hiero. Nuke 12.0 also sees the integration of GPU-accelerated tools integrated from Cara VR for camera solving, stitching and corrections and updates to the latest industry standards.


Nuke’s flexibility and seamless integration of Python and TCL is perhaps the main reason I love working in it so much. Wave expressions are amazingly useful for controlling simple animations that would take quite a bit of keying without. The following expressions amazingly useful in generating these different types of waves and I wanted to make sure I shared what has become part of my toolbox.


  • Discover the Power of Smart Vectors in Nuke.  In this webinar, Chris Wetherly showcases the power and efficiency of Smart Vectors in Nuke, to help address common workflow problems faced by compositing artists.  These problems may include issues such as:  The tracking and warping of elements onto organic surfaces, Clean up work and Beauty retouches.  He dives into some examples of how Smart Vectors can help get you to a finalized shot faster than before.
  • EXPLORING THE POWER OF COLLABORATIVE WORKFLOWS IN NUKE  In this webinar, Head of Creative Services (AMER), Terry Riyasat, covers Live Groups from top to bottom, looking at: The Live Group node as an alternative to a gizmo, as well as using it as a shared asset.  The many different ways to use the Live Group and Live Input nodes in collaborative compositing workflows. Some tips and tricks for these powerful nodes and how to use Python from the available callbacks.
  • Timeline Tools for Production & Review
  • How to Make Your Passion Project Come to Life With Nuke

Please note, Nuke 11.3 is used for this webinar.



Nuke in Progress

Inpatient In Nuke 12.0 we’re introducing the ability to create contextual paint strokes, similar to Photoshop’s Healing Brush, with our new Inpaint tool.  Made with Nuke | In this video, Sony Pictures Imageworks tell us how they used Nuke to help create the unique graphic look in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

Nuke: The compositor Mathematic – demystifying visual effects

Nuke: 101 Colour Correction

Nuke Tutorials from The Foundry

Nukepedia: Home:  over 1,000 free tools for The Foundry’s Nuke

Nuke in Progress – Python 3 

NUKE with Steve Wright

J_Ops 2.1v1 for Nuke 7.0 Released

NUKE with CreativeLyonsTuts many nuke tutorials

WORKFLOW WEDNESDAYS course in Nuke Tutorials

Foundry Skill Up: What I Wish I Knew in Nuke


Machine Learning and Nuke 13.1: what’s next?

Making military-grade VFX on The Outpost with Foundry tools

Creating binge-worthy episodic content with Nuke

Micro Monsters: mighty next-gen immersive content in stunning 8K

The clue’s in the name with Alchemy Immersive. Blending the latest immersive technologies and content, the award-winning studio concocts magical experiences that transport audiences to entirely new worlds—whether that be sunken depths of the ocean, or the outer depths of space.

VoluMagic: the creation and manipulation of volumetric datasets in Nuke

Foundry are currently involved in a number of exciting R&D projects, harnessing the latest cutting-edge research in computer science to solve challenges facing the VFX and creative industries.  Alongside the SmartROTO initiative we looked at recently, our research team is exploring the potential for the manipulation of volumetric datasets in Nuke, with a view to creating immersive content easily and cost-effectively.

Victor Perez is so well known and respected in the visual effects industry, it’s hard to imagine there was a day he wasn’t a digital artist. But this official NUKE certified trainer, regular contributor to Nukepedia and member of the Visual Effects Society has a unique story. The story is so inspiring, in fact, he was recently invited to share it in a TED Talk at TEDxVicenza. This week, we invited him to summarize that presentation for us and tell us more about how he came to be, from our point of view, a NUKE hero.

In this webinar, Creative Specialist Izzy Genova explores the process that enables you to cache files locally in Nuke, creating a local copy linked to the file server.  Topics covered include:  What localization is and what the benefits are,  How to setup and manage localization,  Examples of how you can use the extended Python API, build on the current settings, and customize localization to suit your needs


Cara VR™ dramatically speeds up the challenging and often tedious process of stitching and compositing 360° video footage, so you have more time to focus on creating high-quality immersive experiences.


Eddy for Nuke, by VortechsFX is a plugin for simulating gaseous phenomena inside of Nuke. Eddy makes it possible to work with smoke, fire and similar gaseous fluid sims fast and interactively, enabling new workflows not previously possible.  In addition to simulating and creating gaseous fluid effects, Eddy is also a physically based volume renderer and compositing system.  Eddy is written entirely on the GPU. This is the start of an interesting journey and a new paradigm in solving complex VFX simulation challenges.


Nuke Indie is a single user version of Nuke Studio using a log-in licensing model. Nuke Indie is designed for personal, small-scale commercial use and includes most of the features of the commercial version of Nuke Studio.  You can run Nuke Studio in Indie mode using the –indie command line argument. For example, to launch Nuke Studio in Indie mode on Mac, enter:

/Applications/Nuke12.2v5/Nuke12.2v5.app/Contents/MacOS/Nuke12.2 –indie

Nuke Indie is a fully functional version of Nuke Studio, but as it’s designed for non-pipeline commercial use only, it differs from the full commercial version in some respects. Launching an application in Indie mode displays a warning:

How to Build your next Freelance Project with Nuke Indie  Webinar Reply 

How to Build your next Freelance Project with Nuke Indie

Creating a pixel art world with Nuke Indie


Nuke Studio Explainer Video

Webinar: Online editing in NUKE STUDIO —tips, tricks and best practices


Take Control Over Your Project With Multi-Shot, Editorial Tool

Streaming for Reviews & Multiple Outputs with NDI | Nuke & Nuke Studio 13.2 Tutorial

Using Nuke Studio to streamline episodic review workflows

The making of Stranger Things: old-school artistry meets the latest in VFX pipeline tech

With the highly anticipated second series of Netflix cult show Stranger Things set for release this coming Halloween, we caught up with the team at Aaron Sims Creative – the award-winning VFX studio that brought the series’ eerie otherworldly landscapes and terrifying Demogorgon to life.

Foundry Live: Key Forces and Technologies Driving Change in the VFX Industry

Take Control Over Your Project With Multi-Shot, Editorial Tool – Nuke Studio


HitFilm Pro is the top choice for content creators worldwide. No need to jump from editor to VFX software and back again – HitFilm gives you editing, compositing, titling and 3D tools in a single product, so that you’ve got everything you need in one place.

Our technology is industry-leading, with powerful chroma key, particle and text tools – not to mention the world’s biggest VFX toolkit.

To give you added flexibility, we also work with the biggest names in the industry to bring professional technology to you, including Foundry’s 3D camera tracking, BorisFX’s pro titling tools and support for VideoCopilot plugins.

HitFilm Express is a free video editing software with professional-grade VFX tools and everything you need to make awesome content, films or gaming videos. Perfect for beginners, film students, gamers, YouTubers, or any creative without a budget.


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