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Hiero 12.0 Release notes

Timeline Single Screen

Nuke Studio, Hiero & HieroPlayer Playback Performance

This release includes much more stable playback across the timeline-based tools in the Nuke family. The update comes as a result of new timing and control logic in the playback engine, optimized for the heavy I/O demands of color managed workflows with multichannel EXRs, especially at higher resolutions and frame rates.

openEXR Nuke 12.0

EXR Write Performance

We’ve optimized performance for EXR planar-based compression types, such as PIZ, Zip16, DWAA and DWAB, allowing for faster writing of files, whether locally from disk or off a network. This helps to improve performance, especially when working with a large number of reads.

OCIO Role support Nuke 12.0

OCIO Role Support

The Nuke family now supports OCIO roles, which allows you to set custom role names as an alias for a specific colorspace, making it easier for artists to know which LUT to use and to share scripts between projects or facilities. You still get access to all the colorspace options you always have, but now the roles can act as a quick way to understand the color workflow of a given show. We’ve also improved error handling, so when artists are switching between shows, there isn’t any mishandling of which roles or LUTs are available or should be used.

Camera File Format and Monitor Out SDK Updates

Camera File Format and Monitor Out SDK Updates

The Nuke family now supports reading of DNxHR encoded .mxf files.

We’ve also updated several camera file format SDKs. RED has been upgraded to version 7.1, including support for CUDA-based GPU decoding of RED files in Nuke and NukeX. Sony SDK version 3.3 supports v4 of the VENICE camera and introduces X-OCN XT. Additionally, processing using OpenCL-enabled GPUs is also available.

SDKs for BlackMagic and AJA monitor out cards have also been upgraded to the latest major versions.

Industry Standards and File format updates

Industry Standards Updates

Hiero 12.0 supports VFX Reference Platform 2019, which sees Nuke using the latest versions of Qt and OpenEXR, as well as broad and significant library upgrades. The protobuf library has also been updated to allow compatibility with OpenCue.

Hiero 11.3 Release notes

Multiview stereo support for Hiero

Multiview stereo support

New Timeline Multiview support means you can now utilize the same multi file workflows that exist in Nuke on the Nuke Studio and Hiero timeline, with support for the %V token on import, an automatic detect views option, new project settings and preferences, create comp and blend tracks support and a ‘split views to tracks’ feature that automatically copies and adds soft effects to the appropriate tracks. There’s also support for full resolution stereo on monitor out to help make review sessions even easier and a new export preset to help with rendering.

Pipeline updates on camera for Hiero

Pipeline updates: ARRI and Sony SDKs and GPUs

We've made a number of updates to support the latest versions of popular cameras and eGPUs. Sony RAW SDK has been upgraded from version 2.4 to 3.1. Footage from the Sony VENICE camera, and X-OCN encoded footage from the F5, F55 and VENICE is now supported. The ARRI SDK has also been upgraded to version 6. And support has been added for AMD cards in eGPU set-ups for Mac OS 10.13.5 and later. The Sonnet eGFX Breakaway box and BlackMagic eGPU have both been tested with Nuke 11.3.