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NAB 2012: Autodesk edits Smoke

16 April 2012
NAB 2012: Autodesk edits Smoke

Autodesk is making NAB about its new version of Smoke for the Mac, writes Carolyn Giardina. The software will have a new price of $3,495 that goes into effect now. An open beta test period will commence this summer, and the new version of the software is slated to ship in the autumn. “For people who are doing editing and doing effects, we wanted to simplify their workflow, give them a way to manage their media through their pipeline, let them work interactively with high resolution media, and make sure people can deliver high end work that they clients are demanding,” explains senior product marketing manager Marc Hamaker. He highlighted three key changes to the system: A new user interface that would be “familiar to editors;” “ConnectFX,” which combines visual effects and editing in a single timeline; and lower system requirements. The new version of Smoke supports many formats that are used in conjunction with digital cinematography cameras including Red, Arriraw, ProRes, DNxHD, H.264, P2 and XDCAM. Hanmaker reported that Autodesk is talking with Sony about support for its 4K F65 camera. The new version of Smoke will additionally support 3D post production. At its stand, Autodesk will also exhibit the 2013 versions of Maya, 3ds Max, Softimage, MotionBuilder, Mudbox and Flame. These versions were announced last month and are scheduled for availability in the spring. This year, Autodesk is marking the 20th anniversary of the release of Flame. SL3315


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