The Foundry has launched the first new incarnation of desktop compositor Nuke since buying it from Digital Domain subsidiary D2 software.

Nuke 5 features a brand new user interface, the addition of Python for scripting and support for stereoscopic workflow. It also has the ability to read, process and write over a thousand channels per stream and now features broad support for EXR images.

The Foundry has reworked Nuke's user interface to improve the user experience and make it more ‘approachable' for a broader range of artists.

The existing floating window layouts have been augmented with a flexible panes and panels system.

Nuke 5 also features per-node mask inputs and expanded LUT support for file I/O colourspace conversion.

“With the latest Nuke developments we are reinforcing our commitment to deliver first-class products that assist creativity, workflow and productivity, no matter how demanding the pipeline,” said Dr Bill Collis, chief executive of The Foundry.

“Close relationships with our Nuke and plug-in customers are fundamental to our work - we listen to what they say they need for their pipelines today and tomorrow and this drives our R&D.”

Nuke is available on Linux, Windows and Mac platforms. It is available now and costs£1750. Nuke 5 is available for existing customers (with valid maintenance) at no extra cost.

The Foundry, which has its HQ in London, makes visual effects and image processing technologies for motion picture and video post production. It is particularly well known for its plug-ins.

Nuke was acquired by The Foundry in 2007.