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Autodesk announces New Free-to-Join Media and Entertainment User Webinars

FARNBOROUGH, England, September XX, 2011: Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) is to hold a series of hour-long afternoon workshops focused on Smoke for Mac OSX and the new Maya and 3ds Max Entertainment Creation Suites. Those who attend will see demonstrations of how the comprehensive toolsets contained within its industry-leading software can be used to improve techniques and realise creative design workflows.  

The first of the four sessions is entitled; Don't Just Edit. Finish. Motion Graphics with Smoke for Mac.’ to be held on 30 September, it will focus on how Smoke for Mac can be used to put together a motion graphics sequence for a TV promo using Smoke's powerful 3D environment and new lighting tools to create stunning visuals from a bare minimum of external material.  

Attendees to the Smoke webinar will discover how these elements can be fluently designed into the ident’s final editorial timeline whilst never losing the flexibility to adjust both graphics and live action content - all within Smoke’s powerful editorial finishing toolset. 

Taking place on 7 October, Autodesk in Film & TV: Optimising your Previz Pipeline with Autodesk Creation Suites will explore how investment in previz helps users to rapidly explore the visual aspects which support project narratives. From early exploration of character staging, camera placement and movement, audio, VFX and lighting options, previz can help optimise art direction and streamline the cost of production, at the same time helping ensure that storytelling sits at the heart of a project. 

The Autodesk in Games: Character Creation Workflows for Games with Autodesk Creation Suites webinar will be held on 14 October. This session will feature a rundown of the modern production techniques that can be applied to character creation, and will explain how the Maya Entertainment Creation Suite can help users power through character creation pipeline. Attendees will also learn how accelerated modelling and skinning workflows and non-destructive live retargeting can result in an efficient and iterative workflow for creating characters for games.  

The final session, Autodesk in Visualisation: Applying the Techniques of Film & TV to Visualisation will take place on 21 October. This webinar will focus on providing an overview of leading film techniques and reveal how applying these to visualisation work can produce stand-out results. This workshop is ideally suited to users who want learn the latest techniques for becoming a visualisation professional and see how the powerful toolset of the 3DS Max Entertainment Creation Suite can help achieve creative vision.  

Each of the free hour-long webinars will be presented by respected product and industry specialists and will be held between 13:00 - 14:00 UK time/14:00 - 15:00 CET on the dates shown. For more information and to register now, visit 

About Autodesk
Autodesk, Inc., is a leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software. Customers across the manufacturing, architecture, building, construction, and media and entertainment industries – including the last 16 Academy Award winners for Best Visual Effects – use Autodesk software to design, visualize and simulate their ideas. Since its introduction of AutoCAD software in 1982, Autodesk continues to develop the broadest portfolio of state-of-the-art software for global markets. For additional information about Autodesk, visit 

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