Smoke for Mac 2013
Autodesk Smoke for Mac 2013 has been rebuilt as a traditional timeline editor. With the full power of its effects and grading toolkits accessible from the timeline, the option to use FCP7 keyboard shortcuts and the arrival powerful new tools like ConnectFX, it brings us a closer to the holy grail of editing.
Autodesk Smoke for Mac 2013 can open and edit elements of projects created in Autodesk Smoke Advanced or Autodesk Flame, making it perfect for assist stations in Autodesk Smoke facilities, and ideal for anyone who wants to consolidate their existing pipeline into a single, high-end programme.
Autodesk Smoke for Mac 2013
Our demo is in the works, but while our resident multimedia wizard edits away, you'll have to make do with this tantalising teaser from Autodesk. Look at that interface…
Autodesk Smoke for Mac 2013:
The Key Features
The completely re-designed GUI
The editor now actually looks like an editor. Anyone who’s cut in Final Cut, Premiere Pro or even Media Composer will know the setup – the FCP 7’s keyboard shortcuts are even available as a preset. However, Smoke for Mac isn’t just an editor or even a dynamically connected software suite like Adobe Production Premium – it’s everything in one programme. So with a couple of clicks on a clip, clips or sequence, you’re in a full 3D compositing environment, or you’ve got your colour grading tools onscreen, all without having to waste time switching apps.
It's been optimised for Thunderbolt, iMacs and MacBook Pros
Smoke for Mac 2013 will happily run on pretty much any Mac, although obviously high-end users will always want to go for the best specs. Top end iMacs are on a par with mid-range Mac Pros these days, and have the native Thunderbolt connectivity you need to connect to fast local storage and I/O devices. If you fancy putting together a high-powered iMac workstation, you’ve got a few options:
- Upgrade the CPU to a 3.4GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7, which’ll get up to 3.9GHz with Turbo Boost
- Upgrade the RAM to 32GB of 1600MHz DDR3 SDRAM
- Upgrade the internal storage to a 3TB Fusion Drive (a 3TB HDD with 128GB Flash storage)
- Upgrade the GPU to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680MX 2GB GDDR5
The ultimate 3D finisher/compositor for the most efficient 3D production pipeline
While most applications fake 3D modelling by letting you move 2D objects in 3D space, Autodesk’s 3D expertise means that Smoke for Mac users can work in a true 3D compositing environment. This means you can carry out very realistic composites quickly, as you can tweak and polish lights and effects without having to re-render. The majority of Connect FX effects and tools are aware of this, which will save you a load of time, and you can also import full 3D scenes as FBX files, which can be created by most pro 3D applications.
Connect FX, Flame FX, node-based compositing and one of the best keyers in the business
Flame FX is a palette of high-end plugins that was originally only part of Autodesk Flame. Connect FX – better known as Batch – is another import from the bigger systems. It lets you create complicated, bespoke effects, save them and apply them to any clips. Unlike applications such as After Effects, which use a layer-based workflow, Connect FX and Flame FX use nodes to add effects to your work. This means that you can see every stage of your clip’s evolution at a glance, and pick up on any mistakes far faster.
Smoke for Mac 2013 workstations can now assist your Smoke Advanced ones
If you’ve currently got a Smoke Advanced Linux setup, you can now open any of your projects in Smoke for Mac 2013. Any effects that aren’t available in Smoke for Mac will still be visible, but you won’t be able to edit them. However, pretty much anything you’d want for basic assist work is in Smoke for Mac 2013 anyway, so you can crack on with that busywork on your iMac rather than tying up your main suite.
It costs £3200 now
Autodesk Smoke for Mac 2013 will ship from a mere £3,200. This is still a big price, but it’s now in line with their 3D apps, which should hopefully help encourage people to take the jump and pick up this amazing application.
What do you get?
While it may seem steep to fork out for another service along with your software, maintaining an Autodesk Subscription will cost you a fraction of the price of updating your software regularly, and is the ideal way to manage and predict your software costs (the annual subscription fee is 20-35% of the cost of an upgrade, depending on your product, so anyone who updates at least once in three years will save).
Free software upgrades
This is the biggie - if you've got a valid Autodesk Subscription, you get any upgrades to your software free, even if they're full new versions. This means you can always be running the most recent version of the software and taking advantage of new tools, even if you're strapped for cash when it's actually released. Subscription customers also get first access to Subscription Advantage Pack (SAP) releases, which include bug fixes and additional features - often before they become available to normal users.
If you're an Autodesk Subscription customer, you can choose to use the most recent version of your software, or roll back up to three versions to access legacy projects or work with clients on older systems. You can also install your software on two devices - a work PC and your personal laptop, say - so you can work from any location, although you can't have the program open on both machines simultaneously. And if you're really keen on working from anywhere, you'll be pleased to hear that an Autodesk Subscription also gives you territory rights, so you can use your software outside the country for up to 90 days in each year of your subscription.
Your Autodesk Subscription entitles you to technical support direct from Autodesk, so you can get advice from their community forum or submit a case on their online portal. On certain products you'll also get advanced support, which entitles you to 24 hour phone support from Monday to Friday, remote desktop assistance and API support.
All your subscription benefits are accessible through Autodesk's Subscription Centre, an online portal where you can manage your contract, access your benefits and generally keep on top of all things Autodesk.