Quickly create sophisticated composites using a lightweight spline-based shape tool with integrated chroma keying tools. Flame now includes the most requested features:
Use Batch reel groups, a better versioning workflow and multi-Batch in the Flame Desktop for a context-based workflow that connects all the areas in the desktop: the timeline, Batch and reels. Choose whichever toolset is right for the task during visual effects finishing and look development for a faster path to completion.
The load from desk function enables you to temporarily view your reels to add more sources to your Batch. You can now switch reel groups while you are loading.
With new Batch group iterations, users can change the iteration start number, customise their save setup backups with tokens or a python hook or turn off iterations for a particular Batch.
Batch groups create a continuous workflow between Batch and the reels and provide easier visual organisation and gesturally editing of Batch sources.
Iterations provide a straightforward, efficient way to version and save work whether working alone or collaboratively.
The Multi-Batch feature lets you instantly switch between multiple Batch setups in the Desktop. This enables faster, more fluid navigation and provides more security for work done in Batch.
Create visual effects, correct image problems, add lighting effects to 3D composites and more, with a range of effects creation tools in Action. Gain the interactive speed of traditional 2D compositing and powerful 3D visual effects. GPU-accelerated performance helps you to work faster to create visual effects as you blend.
A new live preview view in Action enables users to have a WYSIWYG experience for effects that were previously resampled at screen viewing resolution versus the video output result, offering better performance.
The addition of the render layers enables artists to easily output a package of render passes sharing the same camera and object selction, as well as more output passes (motion Vector, Lens Flare, Background, Albedo, GMask and so on).
Additional features include:
Batch, a node-based procedural compositing environment that features the Flame creative toolset, is tightly integrated with the timeline and Flame Desktop. Increase your efficiency with a better workflow and faster performance when building composites in Batch.
Flame now provides more support for more formats, enabling better media management.
Get ehanced sharing/handling and more collaborative workflows:
Get Connected/Conform Timeline enhancements.
Get Autodesk Stingray Algorithms (US site) depth of field, ambient occlusion and reflections. Enhancements include Action, Flame's 3D scene environment, with new scene-based Matchbox Camera FX to bring a suite of physical and creative in-camera Digital FX processing and look development tools. Offers Stingray (US site) technology for high-performance rendering abilities.
Matchbox Camera FX provides integrated Digital FX for Action Scenes, including:
Expertly composite and create visual effects with new look development tools and improved colour management. The new Lightbox and the addition of Matchbox in Action enables you to use GPU-accelerated GLSL shaders to solve artistic challenges right where they occur - in the 3D compositing environment. Improved colour management provides more precision when developing looks.
Integrated into Action's lighting pipeline, Lightbox offers a new approach to look development that:
Matchbox in Action:
With colour management improvements, you can:
Improve interactive performance during client-attend sessions with better proxy handling, Reactor 3.0 for faster rendering in Action and foreground export.
With better proxy handling, it is easier to work on high-resolution projects such as 4K or UltraHD.
The indirect modules in Action render faster Reactor 3.0 performance improvements.
You can now export in the foreground with no need to pre-render. This both speeds up the export and does not require framestore space. Foreground export is useful when time is short and the exporting has priority.
With a subscription to the Shotgun collaboration service, you can more easily integrate Flame with other tools in your facility's post-production pipeline.
With Shotgun, Flame-based facilities can more easily:
Navigate schematics, access node information and handle node inputs that have different bit-depths, with several improvements in Batch and BFX that are based on user feedback.
The load from desk function enables you to temporarily view your reels to add more sources to your Batch. You now have the ability to switch reel groups while you are loading.
Batch group iterations enable users to change the iteration start number, customise their save setup backups with tokens or a python hook or turn off iterations for a particular Batch.
Expertly and easily track perspective changes with the versatile, high-performing Planar Tracker. Streamlined for forward and backward analysis, quick deletion of keyframes, quick reference updates and automatic extrapolation, the Planar Tracker works in a way that is similar to the Stabilizer and is available in common Action objects (GMask, Perspective Grid and Axis).
AVAILABLE WITH EXTENSION 2
Built on an advanced algorithm, the tracking technology behind the Planar Tracker helps you to:
Perform 3D compositing as fast as 2D with exceptional speed and an interactive workflow. Get a broad range of innovative tools for 3D visual effects, compositing and advanced graphics within a tightly integrated creative environment.
Access unique workflows, creative tools, interactivity and processing power for every project. Interactivity and playback performance in Action, Batch and the timeline is accelerated by Reactor, a 16-bit floating point GPU.
Flame now offers an end-to-end 4K and Ultra HD workflow to help with your most challenging projects.
The creative environment and efficient finishing workflow in Flame now fully supports 4K and Ultra HD throughout your creative process, from ingest and colour management to real-time broadcast monitoring and output.
Use the highly responsive visual environment of the Flame Desktop to perform faster experimentation and development of your creative ideas. The Flame Desktop features tight integration between the desktop reels, the timeline and the Batch procedural compositing environment.
Use Smart Replace when using swapshot or to replace functionality. If a matched duration is found, the swapped-in shot will automatically align based on the source timecode.
With the load button, users can load from any Library in the project directly to their chosen reel.
More easily mix footage from digital cinema cameras, film scans and video with support for ACES, the Academy Colour Encoding System 16-bit format. The optimised, floating-point colour-processing engine in Flame uses the Academy/ASC colour transform format and provides the colour transforms needed to convert between the ACES reference colour space and a wide variety of input and output devices.
Provide better creative feedback with an accurate and consistent representation of floating-point linear colour spaces across editing, 3D VFX, grading and support for REC 2020, the video standard for Ultra HD.
Take on finishing challenging stereoscopic 3D (S3D) post-production projects. For true 3D visual effects, Flame helps you to deliver S3D projects faster.
Use CG assets in finishing via open workflows with 3D animation software (US site) and make changes in post when speed and interactivity are essential.
Note: This feature is exclusively available to current Maintenance Subscription or Desktop Subscription customers as part of Extension 1 for Flame 2016 software release, expected to be available on or after 23 September 2015.