Regarding the merger of The Foundry and Luxology:
This is very exciting news! Since The Foundry took over development of Nuke it has become the world standard benchmark for vfx compositing tools making it easier to bridge the gap between 2d and 3d, effectively bringing more 3d based solutions into the compositing process. Their range of products have been intelligently created by understanding an industry requirement and fulfilling that need. Collectively they provide inventive, cost effective solutions for all parts of the modern vfx pipeline, now including 3d creation! With this track record the merger of The Foundry and Luxology can only be good for the industry and good for artists, potentially making it easier to do complex "high production value" 3d digital effects production.
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