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Discreet Ships New Versions of inferno, flame, flint, fire, smoke and lustre Systems (1/11/2004)

Discreet, a division of Autodesk, Inc. is now shipping the following systems worldwide: inferno(r) 6, flame(r) 9 and flint(r) 9 real-time compositing and visual effects systems; fire(r) 6.5 and smoke(r) 6.5 non-linear editing and finishing systems, and the lustre(r) 2.5 digital colour grading system. These systems are primarily used in the feature film and television markets.

Martin Vann, vice president of worldwide sales and marketing for Discreet, said, "These new versions of our visual effects, editing/finishing and digital colour grading systems exemplify Discreet's commitment to developing innovative products for the entire digital content creation pipeline."

Bill Roberts, director of product management for Discreet, added, "The creation of high-value television and film content has become increasingly complex; not only are sophisticated tools required, but also advanced media sharing and interoperability. Discreet's new product versions give clients options for open, collaborative workflows that are essential for mastering at challenging resolutions like fully uncompressed 4K."

Key New Features: inferno 6, flame 9, flint 9

Discreet's inferno 6, flame 9 and flint 9 systems offer a range of new creative features, including:

* A spline-based warping and morphing tool that gives users unprecedented control using animated splines with support for tracking data * 3D look-up-table (LUT) capabilities for accurate colour display * An improved automated 3D Tracker that analyses a clip, selects the tracking points and processes the results in the background (inferno 6 and flame 9 only) * Clip history that allows artists to see how clips have been constructed and to quickly modify previous settings and * Collaborative workflow enhancements like open file access, the ability to add schematic notes, and support for the Adobe PSD layered file format.

Key New Features: fire 6.5, smoke 6.5

The new versions of Discreet's fire and smoke feature:

* Off-load rendering to background processing systems for improved performance and interactivity; * Open access file features that allow Discreet systems to integrate with other workstations and share media stored on both third-party disk arrays and Discreet's stone(r) shared storage area network (SAN); * The ability to import multi-layered Adobe Photoshop PSD files directly into Discreet's Digital Video Effects environment (DVE) for tighter integration between graphic design and online editing; * Support for burn, Discreet's Linux-based network processing solution, allowing facilities to leverage a large pool of CPU power to render complex visual effects; and * Support for 3D Look-Up-Tables (LUTs) for advanced colour management systems from Kodak (Kodak Display Manager), ARRI and Imagica.

Key New Features: lustre 2.5

Developed in conjunction with Colorfront, a Budapest-based software development company, Discreet's lustre 2.5 system exceeds the 12-bit 4K format proposed by the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) and the Digital Cinema Initiative (DCI).

lustre 2.5 features:

* A 32-bit per component processing engine capable of both 4K (4096x3112 pixels) and real-time 2K (2048x1556 pixels) colour grading of 10-bit and 16-bit film scans; * The unique GMask shape system that provides colourists with better control over how the digital image can be graded and re-lit for advanced look design; * Luminance (L-S) curves for selective saturation adjustments based on different luminance ranges; * Inside-outside grading to simultaneously apply two different grades (one inside, one outside) to a selective shape; * An enhanced vector shape system including a new shape hierarchy with per-shape Axes and global adjustment tools for faster, more efficient shape animation; multiple shapes per selective channel; the ability to convert primitive shapes to freeform; and * New soft brush and other enhancements to dust-busting.

Pricing

fire 6.5 and smoke 6.5 systems are available at no extra charge to all owners of fire 6 and smoke 6 systems covered by valid annual Discreet support contracts. For pricing, configuration and information please contact Discreet on +44 (0)20 7851 8000.

www.discreet.com


 
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