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HIERO 1.5 is a shot management, conform and review timeline for VFX. It allows you to easily parcel out VFX shots to NUKE, switch shot versions for review within the context of the edit, and remove complicated error prone manual processes. The VFX workflow tool you’ve been waiting for; minimise everyday complications and maximise your potential with HIERO.
HIERO was built from the ground up to address the challenges of collaborative working on VFX projects, especially those with a quick turnaround, and create a smooth workflow out of the box. HIERO enables collaborative working with NUKE and other editorial, VFX and finishing tools. Both open and scriptable, HIERO can integrate into your pipeline like no other VFX timeline available on the market today.
Save time in conform, maintain an up-to-date timeline, look at shots in context, simplify versioning and review, standardise colour management and remove complicated manual processes — all with HIERO.
Conform your timeline with intuitive tools
HIERO conforms EDLs and XMLs into a multi-resolution, multi-track timeline, including audio. Its tools help take the pain out of the conform process, alongside standard editing features.
Make life easy with the sophisticated, session-wide spreadsheet view which can be called upon at any time, a side-by-side comparison of your timeline against an offline and extensive metadata to inspect at any point in the conform process.
Playback any media that NUKE can read
HIERO shares image reading functionality with NUKE so both applications can read the same formats in the same way. HIERO has no dedicated frame store, it 'soft imports' all your media. Smoothness of playback is hardware dependent, but given fast enough hardware (which you choose), HIERO will playback your footage including synchronized sound.
Send your shots to VFX
Shots in your timeline are exported to VFX artists based on a template you define. Select a master track to guide the break down and export any additional tracks you want from the timeline.
HIERO then follows your timeline and, for each shot, creates sets of folders on disk where it puts the media (with handles). You can tell it where to expect finished shots to be rendered so it can generate a NUKE project all wired up to those inputs and outputs. As part of the export process you can force a transcode of media, a simple copy of it or quick and light symbolic links back to the original files to save export time and disk space.
Reading and writing industry standard image file formats on standard file systems means HIERO can cooperate with any other application you need to get the job done.
Automatically ingest VFX shots
Because your export template tells HIERO where to expect the results from VFX, HIERO can make a new clip per shot pointing to that result. These clips are placed in a new "VFX" track on the timeline. When the results are eventually rendered, and because all shots are soft imported, they immediately appear and can be played back.
Manage your shots
Each clip in HIERO is not a single clip of real media, but rather it can be one of many different clips of real media on disk. We call each of these alternatives "versions". When you place a clip on the timeline, you can quickly and interactively swap between available versions.
HIERO can scan for new iterations of VFX renders and ingest them as different takes on a single clip. This lets you rapidly swap versions in a timeline for review.
Manage your timelines
Timelines can be check-pointed as your work progresses, making a complete copy labelled with a timestamp and comment. We call these "snapshots" and you can easily see which snapshots are available, restore your timeline to a previous snapshot, or even put two different snapshots into a viewer, to play them back side by side and examine the differences.
Deliver EDLs, XMLs, selects or entire timelines
When VFX is complete and your work is ready for the next stage, you can deliver it in multiple ways. If you need to send work to an in-house finishing system, you could bake out EDLs or XMLs which point to the finished shots on your network. The painful conform has already been done in HIERO, leading to a very simple re-conform in your finishing system.
If you need to send the shots to be finished elsewhere, HIERO can bake-out EDLs or XMLs plus media selects (with handles) from the timeline. Alternatively, you could simply bake out the entire timeline as a single clip in your required delivery format.
Colour manage your footage
Along with MARI and NUKE, HIERO uses OpenColorIO, an open source colour management solution originating from Sony Picture Imageworks. OpenColorIO enables colour transforms and image display to be handled in a consistent manner across multiple graphics applications, including: compositors, image playback tools, renderers, and colour graders. OpenColorIO lets you set up a profile once and then see consistent colours across all compatible applications: NUKE, MARI, HIERO and KATANA, as well as other industry standard products. Ensuring you have the reassurance of consistent colour and results across all applications in your pipeline, OpenColorIO is unlike other colour management solutions and is geared towards post production; suitable for both visual effects work and animated features.
Script HIERO any way you want
By providing a comprehensive set of Python APIs that link deep intoHIERO, you can make it work in the way that best suits you. We provide a rich set of hooks for each stage so you can execute your own Python code at any point in the conform, ingest or export processes.
If that isn't enough, you can even create your own user interface via the PySide library. The included Python APIs also give you direct access to the projects, timelines and clips in HIERO so you can manipulate shots and timelines however you need.
HIERO is a shot management system
Because HIERO has no image processing apart from what is needed to play back a multi-resolution timeline (reformatting, colour management and transitions), it is currently not suited for work as a finishing, grading or visual effects system in it's own right. It is a shot management system for VFX that integrates brilliantly with today's open, collaborative pipelines.
Specifications & Licensing
4 GB of disk space available for caching and temporary files
8 GB of RAM (minimum requirement)
Intel i3 CPU (or equivalent)
Workstation-class graphics card with OpenGL 2.0 driver support, such as NVIDIA Quadro series or ATI FireGL series
Mac OS X (10.6.8 or later)
Windows 7 (64 bit)
Linux (RHEL 5.4) 64-bit
Upgrades / Support
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RFX is available for all your support needs.