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Thursday, September 06, 2007

Autodesk Launches New Versions of Visual Effects and Finishing Systems for High-Value Content Creators


+ Autodesk, Inc.(NASDAQ: ADSK) today announced the 2008 releases of the Autodesk Inferno, Autodesk Flame and Autodesk Flint visual effects systems, as well as the Autodesk Fire and Autodesk Smoke editing/finishing systems. These new releases are offered on Linux-based PCs, making Autodesk's visual effects andediting/finishing products more accessible to both high-end and mid-range markets. The new releases deliver open file systems, allowing for improved interoperability with third-party applications, as well as 100 percent clip compatibility across the Autodesk visual effects and editing/finishing pipeline.
Highlights of Visual Effects and Editing/Finishing Systems New toolsets & workflow improvements:
-- New standard file system support improves facility workflow, allowing systems and third-party applications to instantly share clips without the need for media duplication, and to work with media natively off a SAN or NAS storage device.
-- Enhanced concurrent workflows between visual effects, editing and grading are now possible due to metadata handling and Infiniband networking improvements.
-- OpenEXR software support and enhanced Autodesk FBX software support create powerful interoperability between Flame and Autodesk Maya software. The visual effects products can now import NURBS objects and artists have the ability to match their compositions with the 3D department by exporting camera data, as well as axis positions and 3D point clouds.
-- 100 percent compatibility between Flame and Smoke setups and clips enables round-tripping of clips and metadata between visual effects and finishing product lines.
-- New multi-layer timeline and audio tools in Flame, Flint, and Inferno improve flexibility and interoperability with Smoke and Fire.
-- Redesigned 16:9 user interfaces put more tools at artists' fingertips.
-- New Smoke and Flame user interfaces allow a more intuitive switch from one application to the other.
-- On-screen tool tips have been added to enhance the user experience.
-- Enhanced DVE 3D compositing environment in Fire and Smoke delivers more visual effects power and a look and feel that makes it easier for artists to switch back and forth between Smoke and Flame. New Expressions toolset eliminates manual keyframing techniques, allowing artists to quickly create animations. Autodesk anticipates that its 2008 releases of Inferno, Flame, Flint, Fireand Smoke will be available in autumn 2007. New 2008 systems will ship on HP9400 workstations running the Linux operating system. For a complete list of new features and enhancementsin the 2008 versions of Autodesk Inferno, Autodesk Flame, Autodesk Flint,Autodesk Fire, and Autodesk Smoke, visit: http://www.autodesk.com/me.

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