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Smoke for Mac OS X billows at NAB

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At this week’s NAB show in Las Vegas, Autodesk (http://www.autodesk.com) released Autodesk Smoke 2012 for Mac OS X (http://macte.ch/GGaQc). It’s a new version of the all-in-one editorial finishing tool with an integrated 3D visual effects toolset.

Smoke combines finishing tools with the familiar workflow of a nonlinear editor (NLE) to reduce complexity and streamline finishing of high-quality content, says Marc Petit, senior vice president, Autodesk Media & Entertainment. Autodesk Smoke 2012 enhancements include:

° A redesigned 3D lighting system in Action that produces cast shadows and realistic 3D lighting artifacts;

° Support for geometry cache animation import from Autodesk animation software via Autodesk FBX software, and Flame FX creative and technical tools for common finishing tasks;

° A stereo 3D (S3D) toolset for editing, monitoring, compositing and delivering S3D projects;

° Integrated tools for color correction, keying and advanced 3D compositing;

° The ability to conform and finishing workflow with Apple Final Cut Pro and Avid Media Composer via AAF and XML import;

° Support for native media from H.264 from DSLRs to full-resolution R3D media.

A demo is available for download. Contact Autodesk for pricing options.

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