The Foundry will release version 9 of Nuke, NukeX and Nuke Studio together later this year, while existing Nuke users will be able to access open betas of all three applications in the “coming weeks”.

Nuke Studio provides artists with a collaborative node-based VFX, editorial and finishing system.

The Foundry’s Nuke product marketing manager Philippa Carroll said: “It’s a very exciting proposition for us to be able present this new ecosystem of Nuke products that each serve creative people looking for specific workflows and cater to the evolving way people work in post-production. Both existing Nuke and NukeX users will see a wide range of feature updates and benefits in the Nuke 9 range.”

Core compositing updates in the whole Nuke 9 range include Native Flipbook tool which uses Nuke Studio to bring integrated and streamlined player capabilities to Nuke and NukeX.

Enhanced 2D format supportadds support for MXF files, including read from MXF for DNxHD, MPEG2, Sony RAW (F55 and F65), AVCI and DV image files.

Updates to NukeX and Nuke Studio include planar tracker overhaul, which provides a single, integrated planar tracker node with a new pattern matching algorithm to make it possible to track featureless planar surfaces.

Meanwhile, Chaos Group and The Foundry have announced that V-Ray will be available for a selection of The Foundry’s creative software solutions.

The two companies have been working together on the development of  V-Ray for three of The Foundry products: V-Ray for Modo, V-Ray for Nuke and V-Ray for Katan.

The Modo and Nuke versions will be unveiled at Siggraph.