Issue: Monday, April 16, 2007


LAS VEGAS - San Rafael, CA's Autodesk ( is at NAB with upgrades to its 2007 series of visual effects, editing/finishing and color grading products. The new extensions are only available to subscription customers.

Extension 1 for Inferno, Flame, Flint, Fire and Smoke, offers workflow enhancements, including QuickTime support for the Linux platform, enhanced timeline editing, and the Burn network processing solution embedded within modules.

Toxik Extension 2 provides new creative tools for film visual effects and enhances the features introduced in Toxik 2007. New with the release is Retimer, which allows artists to change the speed of a clip, and Grain Management, which enables artists to add and remove grain characteristics from live action and computer-generated footage.

Autodesk is also showing Incinerator 2007 clustering technology for its Lustre digital color grading system. Autodesk Maya 8.5 and Autodesk 3DS Max 9 tools are on display as well

Launching at the show is Lustre Color Management, an integrated,
out-of-the-box solution that provides greater fidelity in color
reproduction between Autodesk systems products. The tool includes custom-built look up tables (LUTs) for accurately and consistently emulating how a digital image will appear when printed to film. The Lustre Color Management feature will be included in the new extension releases for the Inferno, Flame and Toxik visual effects systems; the Fire and Smoke editing/finishing systems; Backdraft Conform background media management and I/O software; and the Lustre digital color grading system.