Autodesk rolls out latest software for visual effects, editing
Autodesk will demo the new Flame 20th Anniversary Edition software. The new software is part of Autodesk Flame Premium 2013, a high-end software toolset that integrates visual effects, editorial, and real-time color grading. The new edition streamlines complex tasks and improves speed with a new creative workspace, top-level editorial timeline integration, and an enhanced GPU pipeline.
“As an integral tool for the highest-quality visual effects for film and television, Flame has been used on numerous Super Bowl commercials, top-rated TV shows and blockbuster movies from Titanic to The Avengers. Flame artists are often called upon to ‘do everything.’ With changes to the industry, they required an evolved toolset that would allow them to oversee entire projects; the Flame 20th Anniversary edition is that tool,” said Marc Petit, senior vice president, Autodesk Media & Entertainment.
New Creative Workspace
The new release of Flame Premium brings core postproduction tools into a unified creative environment where a full editorial timeline is now closely linked to the popular Flame Desktop, Batch, and Action. The redesigned workflow also features improved access to media and a new task-based workflow with one-click access to the main finishing tasks and creative tools.
Al Jazeera Media Network broadcasts to more than 260 million households across 130 countries worldwide. “Working on a 24-hour news cycle with over 70 bureaus around the world, Al Jazeera requires a post-production tool that’s fast, efficient and flexible. Viewers across the world constantly rely on Al Jazeera as their source for news and current affairs. As news events unfold worldwide, it is our job to cover breaking news stories with a fast turnaround. For this we rely on Flame Premium, a tool that provides us with a new task-based workflow that makes our job much easier,” said Al Jazeera Creative Division Director Ramzan Alnoimi.
Integrated Editorial and Effects Timeline
Now available at the top level of the application, the redesigned timeline allows artists to more easily work within the context of the timeline. Artists can now build timelines from scratch or match an offline cut without leaving the desktop. With this new integration, artists can more easily accomplish editorial tasks and move seamlessly between creative and editorial functions.
With an impressive resume that includes multiple Emmys and work on Modern Family, Entourage, and Star Trek: The Next Generation, CBS Digital in Los Angeles has a distinguished history of pushing creative boundaries. The studio currently relies on a robust Autodesk creative finishing pipeline of two Flame Premiums, two Flames, and two Flares.
“For me the great thing about Flame Premium is that everything works seamlessly. It’s the same language — the way they all live together in the same universe is its greatest strength. Now with an integrated editorial timeline that will further streamline our workflow, we’re even more thrilled with the evolution of the product,” said CBS Digital Visual Effects Supervisor and Head Creative Director Craig Weiss.
Enhanced GPU Pipeline
Flame Premium now features a re-engineered GPU/CPU processing pipeline for faster compositing and visual effects development in Batch and Action.
Glassworks, a multiple award-winning commercial postproduction boutique, recently upgraded their Flame Suite to better compete in the competitive global marketplace. “When a world-class director is looking over your shoulder and requesting new backgrounds, changing day into night or retiming a commercial to new music, you have to be able to make those adjustments in real-time and make it look easy. My hero Flame suite makes those kinds of ‘impossible’ changes possible. Now with the improved GPU acceleration, I’m ready for the next killer deadline,” said Glassworks Head of Engineering William Isaacs.
Flame Premium 2013 20th Anniversary edition also adds native support of the 16-bit, 4K-capable Sony F65 digital cinema camera format, using the necessary color transforms to bring the RAW format into the ACES compliant color space.
The company will also show off the latest version of the Autodesk Smoke 2013 professional video editing software pre-release trial. Since announcing the new Smoke earlier this year, Autodesk has been closely collaborating with thousands of editors working in broadcast, cable and corporate video to guide the development of the software. IBC will be the first public viewing of the pre-release trial version 4.
“Autodesk is experimenting with a bold development strategy for the new Smoke which features an extended pre-release trial that allows users time to test the software and contribute to the product design and affords our developers the time to incorporate feedback to help improve the software. The strategy is all about engaging the community and creating the best software possible. Involvement, excitement and constructive input have exceeded all our expectations,” said Mark Strassman, Autodesk Media & Entertainment vice president strategy and marketing.
The redesigned Smoke video editing and visual effects software for the Mac integrates high-end effects tools within a standard nonlinear editing workflow at a cost of $3,495 USD. Since making a huge splash at NAB 2012 where Smoke won six awards, thousands of video editors from around the globe have downloaded the software, contributed valuable feedback, attended training events and “friended” Autodesk Smoke on Facebook. The United States leads the world on the number of Smoke pre-release trial downloads, followed closely by Europe and Asia.