April 14, 2008
USA: Autodesk, Inc. announced a slew of updates to its collection of tools Inferno, Flint and Flame, designed to improve the creation of high-value content. Maurice Patel, head of industry management for the company’s media and entertainment division, said the updates added new creative tools, including effects for blurs and glows. The tools’ 3D compositing capabilities were also enhanced, and format support had been expanded to include compressed media, P2, QuickTime and audio formats. Autodesk is also showed Smoke 2009 at NAB, its upgraded effects-centric finishing system. The new release has expanded creative capabilities, including the tree-based Batch FX, which marries Smoke’s editorial timeline with the 3D compositing environment. Format support has been expanded to include Panasonic P2 MFX files and common professional QuickTime codecs. In addition, Toxik 2008 has been upgraded with the Extension 1 release for subscription customers. A new warp image tool delivers nonlinear warping of an image with precise control over transformations. Pixel Expression Language (PXL) allows compositors to quickly create and customise commonly applied effects. Support for colour decision lists has also been added. Marc Petit, Autodesk’s senior VP for media & entertainment, said the company’s presence at NAB allowed Autodesk to host users groups and master classes, as well as preview beta products, offer Japanese and Spanish demos, and even certify instructors for training. Autodesk currently has nine million users worldwide and as many as two million students train on Autodesk tools each year.