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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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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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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 SmokeĀ can 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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Introduction to ConnectFX and Action

Posted by on Mar 19, 2013 in Smoke Basic, Training Articles | 0 comments

Introduction to ConnectFX and Action

When you’re an Online Video Editor, it’s all about the effects and finishing tools available to you. ConnectFX is Autodesk Smoke’s powerful and versatile compositing environment. If you’re using Smoke for just about any kind of effect, from comping a shot to complex motion graphics, this is where you will want to create it. This tutorial explains how to access ConnectFX, how to add an Action node, and how to work with clips to get them into Action. Let’s get started! First we will enter ConnectFX with a color...

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Upscaling your RED sequences in Smoke, from Smoke Learning Channel

Posted by on Feb 9, 2013 in Autodesk Youtube Channel, Smoke 2013, Smoke Workflow, Training Videos | 2 comments

Upscaling your RED sequences in Smoke, from Smoke Learning Channel

One of the key workflows in Smoke 2013 is using import options which are specifically tailored for working with Red files to debayer different resolutions and bit depths according to the needs of your projects. Grant Kay has posted a useful new pair of videos on the Smoke Learning ChannelĀ on working with and upscaling your edit sequences sourced from Red footage. This is a workflow I frequently use myself in Smoke when working with RED .r3d files, which are still the most common format we receive for media acquired by production companies. It...

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How To Create Clips From the Desktop in Smoke 2013

Posted by on Feb 6, 2013 in Smoke Basic, Training Articles | 0 comments

How To Create Clips From the Desktop in Smoke 2013

While Autodesk Smoke has many abilities to import and conform footage from an outside source, such as ingesting from a tape or importing from a filesystem, there are many times the user may want to create a clip from scratch. These clips may be used in various ways: as edit clips in the timeline, or as a container for Connect FX. In this tutorial, we will explore a several different ways to create media, which can be accomplished through the File menu, by Command-clicking in the desktop, or from the Tools tab at the bottom of the screen. The...

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