The Foundry has launched version 7.0 of its compositing tool Nuke.

The London-based software firm said its “biggest ever” release was designed to increase performance and add support for file formats such as Alembic and OpenEXR 2.0 Deep Data.

Nuke product manager Jon Wadelton said: “Core tools have been improved, brand-new functionality has been added and Nuke is now faster than ever.”

Nuke 7.0 introduces RAM cache for real-time playback.

The Foundry said features in the Nuke X version of the software would help to reduce the need for VFX artists to switch between programs and hand work to other departments by allowing users to perform lighting tasks in a composite using the ReLight node, and model using ModelBuilder.

Support for new camera formats has also been added, including Arri RAW and the latest Red SDK.