• Discreet Raises the Bar with New Versions of Inferno, Flame and Flint Compositing Systems
    Leonard Teo, 27 July 2002

     Image: The new timeline, mixed resolution functionality, multi-context view and soft resize capabilities. Image courtesy of Oktober.

    Discreet has announced new releases of inferno 5, flame 8 and flint 8 systems. Demonstrated at SIGGRAPH 2002, the software releases mark significant architectural, feature and workflow improvements for visual effects artists, compositors and motion graphic designers in television and film.

    The company is presenting new technology demonstrations of its Academy Award-winning flame 8 visual effects system at SIGGRAPH 2002, a trade show that has played host to some key moments in Discreet's history. The latest Discreet systems include significant software architecture modifications designed to dramatically improve post-production workflow by offering digital artists increased freedom, flexibility and speed. New features include support for mixed resolutions enabling artists to combine various film, video, graphics and other multimedia formats within one project at any resolution or format; new timeline editing, enabling extended control over the design of a visual effect; new support for Kaydara's FBX file format, enabling import of more 3D data for better 2D/3D integration; and hundreds of specific user-requested features that underscore the richness of the toolsets.

    In addition to the new releases, the company notes the continued global success of combustion 2 software, which has been celebrated by digital artists as one of the most powerful professional desktop 3D compositing, paint and animation software tools to hit the market in the past decade.


    Released in January 2002, combustion 2 continues to gain worldwide market acceptance as the preferred desktop 3D compositing, paint and animation solution for Macintosh and Windows systems. Since its release, the software has received numerous awards including MacAddict's "Freakin' Awesome" award, AV Video Multimedia Producer's "Reader's Choice Award," and Animation Magazine's "Seal of Excellence."

    In addition, combustion has been used as part of the compositing package for such high-profile films as Minority Report, XXX and Stuart Little 2. As the software's popularity grows, more and more users will reap creative and financial benefits from the seamless integration of combustion 2 with Discreet's 3ds max animation software, and fire 5 and smoke 5 nonlinear finishing/editing systems, as well as many desktop nonlinear editing solutions such as Apple Final Cut Pro and Avid systems.


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