Reprinted from a Discreet press release:

Discreet, a division of Autodesk, Inc., today introduced combustion 3, the latest version of its award-winning visual effects and 3D compositing desktop software. combustion 3 software will deliver industry-leading features to the benefit of those producing web content, videos, or even HDTV to feature films on a PC or a Mac.

“I’m already realizing revenue with the Paint Flash output from the beta version of combustion 3,” said combustion 3 software beta tester Lee Roderick of North Gate Studios in Walnut Creek, CA. “For corporate productions, I usually provide just one piece of a project for a larger production or event. So when deliverables are discussed and my clients want web banners or executables they can send out via email, I have to surrender my original content to another shop. I don’t claim to be a Flash designer-but with a little planning, I can hand my clients a full resolution event module and a similar look and feel Flash executable or web banner in one session. I probably don’t have to say it, but that rocks!”

combustion 3 artists will also experience increased productivity, flexibility and improved workflow through enhancements including: customizable brushes, savable presets, timeline markers, and DV capture and output. Discreet also continues to work directly with plug-in developers to ensure advanced support of numerous plug-ins including superior integration with various Adobe After Effects and Photoshop plug-ins.

“We’re proud to be partnering with Discreet in making the high-caliber Sapphire Plug-ins available to a broader range of visual effects and motion graphics artists through integration with combustion 3,” comments Karl Sims, President of GenArts, Inc.

New Features

  • Editing Operator – combustion 3 is the first visual effects application with integrated editing, removing the need for the user to spend time mastering non-linear editing software (NLE) for simple editing tasks. Now users will be able to assemble video with transitions directly in combustion software without having to use an NLE.
  • Expressions – The JavaScript expressions will allow combustion artists to easily create complex animations-eliminating tedious repetitive work.
  • Flash Output – Artists will be able to utilize the vector paint and animation interface tools in combustion 3 software to create and output Flash animations, extending the range of options they can offer to their clients.

    For a complete list of combustion 3 new features go to:

    “combustion remains the dynamic force for democratizing software for the creation of world-class media,” said Paul Lypaczewski, general manager, Discreet and executive vice president, Autodesk. “combustion was the first desktop software that put powerful, resolution-independent, vector paint, animation and compositing solutions in the hands of graphic designers, animators, visual effects artists and videographers working on PCs or Macs, and version 3 pushes the boundaries even further.”

    Platform Support
    combustion 3 is expected to begin shipping for Windows XP and Windows 2000 in fall 2003, and for Macintosh OS X in early 2004.

    Pricing and Availability
    Suggested price for combustion 3 software is US $995. Upgrade price from combustion 2 or combustion 2.1 will be US $199. For distribution or more product information, please visit

    About combustion
    Discreet combustion 3 offers the creative tools, speed and interactivity that professionals need and artists crave. Vector paint, animation, editing and 3D compositing are combined in an integrated environment based on Discreet’s legendary user interface. Designed to satisfy the world’s most demanding effects artists and priced to fit within any budget, combustion 3 is the best solution for creating effects and motion graphics for video, film, DVD, and the web.