Autodesk announces the newest version of Smoke and Flame

As we trek around the NAB show in Las Vegas, we have found that Autodesk, Inc. is now shipping two new products – Autodesk Smoke 2012 for Mac OS X software, an all-in-one editorial finishing tool with a robust, integrated 3D visual effects toolset. And the Autodesk Flame Premium 2012.

Smoke 2012 for Mac OS X

Smoke provides an all-in-one editorial workflow by combining powerful finishing tools with the familiar workflow of a nonlinear editor (NLE) to reduce complexity and streamline finishing of high-quality content.

Smoke has Action [the 3D compositing environment of Smoke], and I use it for every project, said Rob Lederman, senior compositor/editor at North Avenue Post in the United States I get the majority of my keying, lighting and compositing done there, and the ability to control shadows, add light rays and lens flares, and all the Flame FX tools basically eliminate the need for third-party sparks/plug-ins.

Key Features:

Autodesk Smoke 2012 enhancements a redesigned 3D lighting system in Action that produces cast shadows and realistic 3D lighting artifacts, support for geometry cache animation import from Autodesk animation software via Autodesk FBX software, and Flame FX creative and technical tools for common finishing tasks

A comprehensive stereo 3D (S3D) toolset for editing, monitoring, compositing and delivering S3D projects

Integrated tools for color correction, keying and advanced 3D compositing

Conform and finishing workflow with Apple Final Cut Pro and Avid Media Composer via AAF and XML import

Support for native media from H.264 from DSLRs to full-resolution R3D media For feature information and videos, visit the Autodesk Smoke for Mac site, and for video tutorials, visit AREA, the Autodesk digital entertainment and visualization community.

Pricing and Availability

An Autodesk Smoke 2012 for Mac OS X license is available at a suggested retail price of $14,995.* Autodesk Subscription is available for purchase simultaneously with the product license for $1,995 MSRP per year. Subscription program benefits include software extensions, version upgrades and product support, as well as access to exclusive training materials during the Subscription term. Smoke 2012 is also available for a free**

30-day trial download. Students can join the Autodesk Smoke student community to access a free** 36-month

license.

*U.S. pricing only. International pricing may vary.

**Free products are subject to the terms and conditions of the license and services agreement that accompanies the software.

Autodesk Flame Premium 2012

the companys production-proven creative 3D visual effects and finishing software. Introduced in late 2010, Flame Premium combines the award-winning Autodesk Flame visual effects toolset with a powerful timeline workflow for conform and editing, as well as real-time color grading. Flame Premium 2012 features groundbreaking tools for relighting in post, an enhanced stereoscopic 3D (S3D) finishing workflow, and improved integration with Autodesk 3D animation software.

With the introduction of relighting capabilities in Flame Premium 2012, artists can now take advantage of the real-world 3D information inherent to their images or composites and dramatically change the look of their final scenes. With relighting, artists can radically adjust and refine the look of their scenes through a variety of lighting, shading, shadows, 3D lens flares and volumetric light rays tools all of which can have their effects isolated by GMasks directly in the Flame Premium Action 3D compositing environment.

Flame Premium also uses image-based lighting and camera mapping techniques from the CG (computer graphics) software world that, when combined with certain other relighting tools, enable artists to have total control over the final look of their imagery.

The introduction of new light types, true shadow casting, rays and lens flares in Flame will give us an immense creative and artistic edge. Flame is redefining the term 3D compositing, proving it has always been and always will be the leader in post-production and visual effects. Ara Khanikian, Senior Flame Artist, Rodeo FX

Flame Premium includes a comprehensive toolset for S3D visual effects and finishing: powerful technical and creative S3D compositing and graphic design tools, multilayer S3D timeline editing, and real-time S3D color grading. In addition, the advanced S3D creative tools can benefit from the creative relighting tools that are now available in Flame Premium.

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