Autodesk Unveils a New Smoke at NAB 2012 Autodesk introduced a new Smoke that features an editor...
Autodesk Unveils a New Smoke at NAB 2012
Autodesk introduced a new Smoke that features an editor-friendly user interface, connected editing and effects, lower system requirements and a much lower price. Aimed at the multi-tasking editor, the new Smoke allows editors to handle all kinds of visual effects tasks on the editing timeline.
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Create sophisticated effects without leaving your timeline with the node-based compositing of the new ConnectFX in Autodesk Smoke 2013
The completely redesigned User Interface, says Hamaker, "takes the best of what Apple has to offer and what we at Autodesk do. This Smoke connects the process of editorial with visual effects tighter than ever before."
The new Smoke is priced at $3,495, a major dip from the previous price of approximately $15,000. Additionally, Autodesk also dramatically lowered the system requirements for Smoke, which saves additional money. With Apple's Thunderbolt-enabled technology, the new Smoke can be used on iMacs and even laptops. "The hardware cost of entry has been lowered to platforms costing under $8K," says Hamaker. "There's no need for a significant investment in hardware."
The Smoke 2013 will ship in the Fall, Autodesk will offer a pre-released preview of the product in June. Instead of the company's typical 30-day trial download, Smoke will be available for use until the product ships. "We've never done this before," says Hamaker. "We're interested to see how people use it." Any customers under subscription will automatically receive the new version of Smoke when it's released.
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