SAN FRANCISCO — Recognizing that post houses are adopting cloud infrastructure and workflows to connect globally-dispersed talent, Autodesk (www.autodesk.com) has announced updates to Flame that further solidify its role as a centralized hub for conform, timeline, VFX, publishing, color and delivery.
“Our customers have less time to deliver more, high-end content than ever before," notes Stephane Labrie, senior product owner at Autodesk. “We’re focused on creating a hub at the heart of the finishing workflow so Flame artists can increase speed and efficiency across their workflows, and better equip their teams to deliver more content faster on local solutions or in the cloud.”
The latest updates to Flame include a new metadata overlay feature lets artists view shot metadata in context, directly in the Flame viewer UI, providing easier monitoring and tracking of shots when collaborating across teams. With additional support for native Apple silicon, Flame artists can achieve new levels of performance on their hardware and software.
Extending cloud-enabled finishing capabilities introduced last year, the latest Flame updates reduce complexity for customers collaborating in the cloud, better equip distributed teams and help studios meet increased demand during production spikes. With recently-announced support for Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud Digital Interface (CDI), which allows users to move uncompressed video between AWS instances, Flame enables high-quality, low-latency reference monitoring when working in the cloud. Flame AWS users can transmit 8-bit, 10-bit and 12-bit video signals with audio, accommodating better reference display and viewing needs virtually anywhere in the world. Paired with a supported streaming solution, signals can be sent to multiple devices, enabling remote work and collaboration with fellow artists and review stakeholders.
New hub capabilities within Flame support artists’ definable VFX shot Start Frame metadata, streamlining workflows and better facilitating collaboration, regardless of the toolset used. Batch Paint, a widely-used tool, has been updated with the ability to apply changes to multiple strokes at once and track strokes directly within the Paint node. Other improvements include definable brush presets, a preference to set the default status of the Consolidate option, and a cleaner user interface showing all controls and increased stability. Flame artists can now take a direct NDI preview out of Flame into Moxion Rooms as a Live Asset through Moxion Connect. They can also leverage the Flame and Moxion API to send a Flame sequence to Moxion, bring it into a Room for review and send a report of the review session back to the Flame artist.
Additionally, Flame now is qualified for use with LucidLink and Hammerspace cloud-based storage solutions, further empowering customers to move their productions to the cloud.