At the IBC trade show in Amsterdam, The Foundry announced Hiero. Available this year, Hiero is a desktop application for collaborative VFX workflow.

Hiero provides a scriptable timeline for The Foundry's Nuke VFX application that conforms edit decision lists (EDLs) and parcels out VFX work to Nuke artists. Close Nuke integration allows shot progress to be viewed in the context of the edit, and aims to free up finishing systems to concentrate on their real
strength – finishing.

With Hiero, The Foundry also aims to significantly reduces the infrastructure work required to keep a VFX team up and running with pain free shot distribution and management.

Senior product designer, Matt Plec said, "NUKE is already a powerful compositing tool, but it’s missing a component many artists need. Hiero provides the missing link functionality currently dealt with either by expensive tools, in-house scripting or a cumbersome manual process. Hiero’s the bridge tool our customers have been asking for.”

Tony Lawrence, head of 2D at Smoke and Mirrors, “We love that The Foundry are developing a product as sophisticated as HIERO.  The flexibility, ease
of use and integration into our pipeline will increase our output, allowing even more jobs to pass through our facility.  The Foundry has yet again come up with a solution that will benefit the post production community.”

Hiero is slated for release in November 2011, and will be available on OSX and Linux, with Windows to follow.