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Smoke 2015: New Features, Pricing, and Products unveiled at NAB

Posted by on Apr 12, 2014 in Blog, Smoke 2015, Smoke Conforming, Smoke Editing, Smoke Effects, Smoke Hardware, Smoke News | 1 comment

Smoke 2015: New Features, Pricing, and Products unveiled at NAB

At NAB this year, Autodesk revealed new features and a new pricing model for Smoke 2015. Here’s the quick scoop on what’s new for Smoke users. 3D Tracker inside Connect FX Direct access to Action from the Timeline, and other timeline effects improvements Improved integration with Final Cut Pro Better hardware support for graphics and I/O cards A new subscription and pricing model Here are the features a bit more in depth. New 3D Tracker For the first time, Smoke users get the 3D Tracker feature that has been present on the higher...

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Smoke Tutorials Quick Tip: 3D Reflections in ConnectFX

Posted by on Jun 28, 2013 in Smoke Advanced, Smoke Quick Tip, Training Videos | 2 comments

Smoke Tutorials Quick Tip: 3D Reflections in ConnectFX

Autodesk Smoke has some great capabilities, however, doing 3D in Smoke can take some workarounds to get the look you’re after. While Smoke can do shadows and different output passes, one of the 3D things Smoke doesn’t natively do is reflections. However, in this tutorial I will show you a trick to get reflections on a ground plane for just about anything in your scene. To get the most out of this Quick Tip, you will want to be familiar with Action and ConnectFX as well as how to use the cameras in Action and multiple output...

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Smoke Tutorials Quick Tip: Force Quit Smoke from Mac OS

Posted by on Jun 7, 2013 in Smoke 2013, Smoke Basic, Smoke Quick Tip, Smoke Tech, Training Videos | 0 comments

Smoke Tutorials Quick Tip: Force Quit Smoke from Mac OS

There are times when Smoke locks up, becomes unresponsive or you get the spinning “Beach Ball”. In this Quick Tip, you’ll learn the best way to Force Quit the application so you can get back up and running in no time. In the video below, I demonstrate a couple of ways to use the Finder in Mac OS to navigate to your Applications folder where you can access the Autodesk Smoke Service Monitor. From there you can Force Quit the application. Another way to find the Service Monitor is to simply start typing it in the Spotlight...

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Autodesk Releases Smoke 2013 Extension with Blackmagic Support and Trim Tools

Posted by on May 31, 2013 in Smoke 2013, Smoke News, Smoke Tech | 0 comments

Autodesk Releases Smoke 2013 Extension with Blackmagic Support and Trim Tools

Yesterday Autodesk let fly with a new release for Smoke, which includes a number of fixes and improvements for users of the video editing and effects application. The two most notable improvements in the app are support for Blackmagic video I/O cards, and improved trimming tools in the timeline. There are a number of other fixes and improvements regarding stability and bug fixes, especially with working in Action, which is smoother and more responsive. One of the nice little improvements is a better feedback string that lets you know...

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Smoke Tutorials Quick Tip: Reveal Footage Location

Posted by on May 23, 2013 in Smoke Basic, Smoke Conforming, Smoke Quick Tip | 0 comments

Smoke Tutorials Quick Tip: Reveal Footage Location

Sometimes after soft-importing footage into Autodesk Smoke, you may lose track of where the source clip lives in your filesystem. In this Quick Tip video, I show you how to use the Pre-Processing tab to locate the source location of your clips, and how to find them in the Mac OS Finder or using the Spotlight search. You can also use the Pre-Processing tab for lots of other things related to how Smoke interprets your footage, so learning how to access this feature of Smoke can really help your workflow. I also used the Closed Caption feature...

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Smoke on Mac Quick Tip: Easy Three-Node Cleanups in ConnectFX

Posted by on May 17, 2013 in Smoke Quick Tip, Training Videos | 1 comment

Smoke on Mac Quick Tip: Easy Three-Node Cleanups in ConnectFX

“Fix it in Post!”…that’s the phrase commonly heard on film and commercial shoots all around the world. As a result, plate cleanups and rig removal are tasks that are pretty common in the post production world. Fortunately, Smoke is a tool that makes these types of cleanups a breeze. And depending on the complexity of the shot, all it takes is a relatively simple setup to accomplish the task. In this Quick Tips video, i show you how to perform plate cleanup duties using just a few nodes in ConnectFX: Gmask, 2D...

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When A Render Glitch Becomes Art

Posted by on May 9, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

A coworker and friend named Kevin shared an image with me yesterday that he dug up. We first saw it way back in 2003 when we were working on effects shots for the Robert Rodriguez movie Spy Kids 2. We had been hammering on our Discreet Flames for weeks to get our slate of shots done. Both we and the machines were feeling the pressure. But the crowning achievement came when, after setting the comp to render, instead of the expected result the overtaxed machine produced this:   Beautiful, no? I remember sitting there in a daze, just...

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Smoke on Mac Quick Tip: Custom Keyboard Shortcuts

Posted by on May 8, 2013 in Smoke Basic, Smoke Quick Tip, Training Videos | 0 comments

Smoke on Mac Quick Tip: Custom Keyboard Shortcuts

The keyboard shortcut options for Autodesk Smoke┬ácan be a little overwhelming… plus the fact that there are three different hotkey profiles to choose from. In this quick tip, I’ll show you how your hotkeys are related to your user profile, how to change your hotkey profile, and how to easily customize any of the profiles using the keyboard shortcut editor. In a nutshell, there are three different profiles to choose from when a new user is created: Smoke FCP7 (the default option, which uses Final Cut Pro 7 editing hotkeys), Smoke...

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Smoke on Mac ConnectFX Quick Tips: Pre Rendering Clips

Posted by on Apr 29, 2013 in Smoke Quick Tip, Training Videos | 0 comments

Smoke on Mac ConnectFX Quick Tips: Pre Rendering Clips

With complex ConnectFX setups, it’s critical to make sure you’re evaluating your effects chain periodically to ensure you have no errors. Chopping your effects into manageable sections and pre-rendering them is the key to doing this. After each section, connecting up your single output node and rendering the result can help you proof your progress as well as provide a nice speed boost to your comp. This is because when you read the render it and load it back in, you’re reading the sum of your effect to that point and the...

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NAB 2013 Wrap-Up: Autodesk Reveals New Branding, Smoke Well Recieved

Posted by on Apr 25, 2013 in Smoke News | 0 comments

NAB 2013 Wrap-Up: Autodesk Reveals New Branding, Smoke Well Recieved

For those of us too busy or too strapped for cash to attend this year’s NAB, the interwebs provide a great way to recap the stuff we may have missed. Autodesk unveiled its new branding look at NAB this year, which involves the new logos for the high end Flame, Inferno, and Lustre products as well as a new corporate look for the Autodesk logo itself. Slick new looks aside, the key point here is that Autodesk has attempted to address a changing professional market, as well as opened up new avenues to a newer consumer-based and prosumer...

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