Smoke on the Mac: FCPUG San Francsco SuperMeet, 2010
Late 2009 and Autodesk announces it has brought Smoke, its video editing, 3D and finishing effects software, to the Mac. The tool harnesses the 64-bit power of Snow Leopard, according to Autodesk, and will integrate into existing Mac-based workflows using Final Cut Pro and Avid Media Composer.
Autodesk Smoke is billed as a comprehensive creative editorial system, offering visual effects capabilities.
According to the company, Smoke features a powerful 64-bit architecture and industry-leading tools for conforming, editing, audio, paint, tracking, character generation, graphic design, and visual effects creation in the Action 3D compositing environment, as well as Master Keyer and Colour Warper technologies.
The software benefits from many of the advanced visual effects tools in Autodesk Flame software, as well as the ability to conform from EDLs, AAF, and Apple Final Cut Pro XML files, to potentially create more streamlined content efficiently.
"The business of post-production is evolving. Post-production and broadcast facilities alike are seeking more affordable, integrated creative tools that can help them stand out from the crowd," said Stig Gruman, Autodesk vice president o Autodesk digital entertainment.
"Smoke 2010 on the Mac has been designed to help editors increase creative output, project quality and turnaround times. It brings production-proven finishing capabilities to the extremely talented community of artists already using the Mac in broadcast and post-production."
Smoke 2010 offers native support for popular files-based formats including Apple's QuickTime, Panasonic P2 HD and Sony XDCam files.
"Snow Leopard is the world's most advanced operating system, ideal for high performance applications like Smoke 2010," said Ron Okamoto, Apple's vice president of Worldwide Developer Relations.
"We're delighted that Autodesk is bringing its premier editorial finishing tool to creative professionals on the Mac."
Smoke on the Mac OS X platform is available from today, 15 December. It costs £10,000/€13,500.