Foundry Brings Heat to NAB

London-based visual effects developer The Foundry is heading to the National Association of Broadcasters’ NAB 2007 in Las Vegas with new products including Furnace 4 for Shake and Tinderbox for Combustion. The company will set up shop in booth SL14413 in the south hall of the convention center during the event, scheduled for April 14-19.

Furnace 4 is the latest update in a popular suite of more than 30 image-processing tools, many of which automate time-consuming processes in the creation of digital visual effects. The development team responsible for Furnace will be honored with a Scientific and Engineering Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Feb. 10 in Los Angeles.

Tinderbox is a widely adopted suite of more than 70 creative visual effects for After Effects that will soon be available for artists running Combustion on Windows. The Foundry’s activities at NAB will include demonstrations of Tinder, Furnace and Keylight on a range of host platforms including Autodesk Media and Entertainment Systems, After Effects and Shake.

The Foundry develops and markets plug-ins on a range of host applications, including After Effects, Autodesk Media Entertainment Systems, Apple’s Shake and Avid|DS. The company now also licenses its image processing technology to third parties, and has used its influence to drive the development of an open standard for visual effects plug-ins known as OpenFX.