MONTREAL - Discreet (www.discreet.com) announced at the NAB show that its Flint visual effects system will soon be available on the Intel-based IBM IntelliStation Z Pro workstation running Linux. Flint system is designed to provide broadcasters and post production companies with a cost-effective, high-performance system for interactive motion graphics and visual effects design. The company's Smoke 6 system is already available on the Linux operating system.
Flint offers powerful mixed resolution architecture, advanced conform capabilities and real-time 4:4:4 video. Version 8.5's tools are based on Discreet's Flame and Inferno visual effects systems. Tools include: Sophisticated paint, text, audio, compositing, warping, morphing and motion graphics capabilities; Action, Discreet's interactive 3D graphics design and compositing environment; Batch and Schematic views for building and visualizing complex multi-layered composites with repeatability and ease; Colour Warper interactive primary and secondary color correction; Discreet's Tracker, Keyer and Master Keyer for fast, interactive keying of any material; and GMask advanced rotoscoping and vector shape technology.
The Flint system also supports Discreet's Burn Linux-based network rendering solution, enabling artists to continue creating while effects are being rendered in the background.
Flint 8.5 system for Intel-based IBM workstations running Linux is currently in beta and is expected to ship in July. Discreet is introducing a turnkey solution with standard definition video I/O for $99,990 (valid through June 30, 2004). Following this offer, North American pricing will typically start at $119,990.