The Foundry has announced at the Siggraph animation and CG conference that version 9 of Nuke, NukeX and Nuke Studio will all be released together later this year. The company also revealed that existing Nuke users will be able to access open betas of all three applications in the coming weeks.

Previewed at NAB and top of the new range of compositors, Nuke Studio provides artists with a powerful node-based VFX, editorial and finishing studio designed to appeal to creative individuals working independently as well as collaborative teams working on quick-turnaround projects.

“Sharing technology and core architecture, users will benefit from the features and toolsets that have become industry standard in visual effects,” said Nuke product manager Jon Wadelton. “They will also have the opportunity to opt for Nuke Studio to create, manage and control an entire project either individually or within a collaborative team. A really vast amount of engineering has also been dedicated to making huge performance boosts across the board.”

Version 9 of the node-based compositor Nuke is set to offer a new native Flipbook tool, enhanced 2D format support, GPU acceleration, and performance enhancements for all users, while NukeX gains further enhancements.

“It’s a very exciting proposition for us to be able present this new ecosystem of Nuke products,” said Nuke product marketing manager at The Foundry, Philippa Carroll. “Each serves creative people looking for specific workflows and caters 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.”