NEW Flare and VFX systems Launched

At the recent National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show in Las Vegas, Autodesk, Inc., unveiled the 2010 releases of Autodesk Flame and Autodesk Inferno software for visual effects systems, and the launch of the new Flame and Inferno creative companion, Autodesk Flare software. Stig Gruman, digital entertainment vice president, Autodesk Media & Entertainment, expressed his enthusiasm for two new developments. “First, we are launching Flare, which will be a great creativity and productivity booster for customers of our flagship visual effects software. “Second, we have expanded our RED workflow capability to provide extremely fast and flexible import options. Both are already huge hits with our beta customers. In this economic climate, our software gives entertainment customers a real creative and competitive edge.” Flare 2010 – a fully compatible creative companion to Flame and Inferno Autodesk Flare 2010 is an integral part of the Autodesk solution to bridge the gap between 2D and 3D. Featuring the core creative toolset of Flame and Inferno, Flare is designed to help boost creativity, expand capacity and develop talent for Flame and Inferno customers. Flare is intended for advanced creative tasks, such as compositing, sophisticated graphics and interactive design, as well as support tasks such as rotoscoping, retouching and dust removal, project setup and keying. Flare benefits include: • Software application based on the Batch procedural compositing environment • Action 3D compositing environment with advanced 3D tools • Integral addition to Flame and Inferno workflow New Feature Highlights in Flame and Inferno 2010 Autodesk Flame and Inferno visual effects systems for high–speed 2D and 3D compositing, advanced graphics and interactive client–driven design provide digital artists with reliable, flexible and interactive toolsets to tackle complex high–resolution projects. With a focus on expanding 3D technology in Flame and Inferno, new features and enhancements in these new versions are: • More creative tools such as graphical processing unit (GPU)–accelerated 3D Blur, 3D Path, Normal and UV Mapping tools as well as advancements to 3D Text and Displacement Mapping tools • Expanded format support via Wiretap Central software for REDCODE RAW files, multichannel OpenEXR import and DNxHD with Apple QuickTime • File-based conform workflow with a powerful new search engine and configurable import settings to control metadata mapping • Extended floating-point processing support and redesigned Modular Keyer with customizable presets Recently, Autodesk’s visual effects systems have been used to create numerous blockbuster films, including all three of this year’s Academy Award-nominated movies for Best Visual Effects – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Dark Knight and Iron Man. Autodesk solutions have also been used to create Emmy-award-winning television programmes and miniseries such as Mad Men, John Adams, House and Entourage.

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