• Discreet Presents New Versions of inferno, flame and flint at IBC 2002
    12 September 2002 | Press Release
     Image: The inferno suite, in all its glory.

    Amsterdam, the Netherlands—IBC (BOOTH #7.321) — Discreet, a division of Autodesk Inc. — building on a decade of visual effects expertise, announces the European unveiling of inferno 5, flame 8 and flint 8, the latest versions of its visual effects compositing systems. These software releases mark significant architectural, feature and workflow improvements that continue to expand and enhance the investments of visual effects artists, compositors and motion graphic designers in television and film. Due to ship in Q1, 2003—Discreet will demonstrate at IBC the enhanced feature sets of flame 8 including: mixed resolution support, extended editing capabilities and support for background rendering on Linux from Discreet’s newly announced burn software solution.

    “We use inferno for all our serious compositing work at Éclair. Having a stable high-resolution real-time environment is essential. The fact that inferno 5 has the mixed resolution capabilities makes it the most powerful compositing system on the market,” said Philippe Soeiro, Creative Director with Éclair Laboratory, France. “With the additional new capabilities that have been included in the inferno 5, we are able to carry our high-level of work even one step further.”

    New features
    Mixed resolution support in the new versions of inferno, flame and flint will give artists the ability to create and manage intricate effects by freely combining, mixing and matching images of different size, aspect ratio and color depth in one unified environment. New extended editing capabilities will be available directly within the products, making the effects and editing process even more streamlined by eliminating the need to exit the Batch mode to add, modify, trim or delete sources related to the composite.


    In addition, a unified animation channel greatly increases the artist’s versatility to experiment and create animated effects. With support for distributed background rendering capabilities, users can now offload render jobs in the background across multiple distributed systems. The new releases also support the FBX file format from Kaydara, creating improved integration of 2D and 3D workflow and extending the 3D model support across different vendors writing with this industry standard. The new version of inferno, flame and flint will also take advantage of the new burn technology being introduced at IBC 2002. burn will free up Discreet online effects workstations leaving the artist to focus on the creative process, and utilize time to complete complex high-resolution effects that can be sent to burn and rendered. In addition, burn will allow inferno 5, flame 8 and flint 8 systems to leverage multiple CPUs simultaneously to calculate results. For more information on burn, please refer to the separate Discreet press release.

    “Having worked with both Discreet's flame and combustion systems on projects such as the new Pantene Pro-V worldwide campaign and a commercial series for Bud Light, I can attest to the power and ease-of-use in making even our most complex visions a reality,” said Wally Rodriguez, Director of Visual Effects for Upstairs, Florida. “What makes this all the more exceptional is the seamless integration between products - we can easily move set-ups between combustion and our flame systems without worry when under deadline pressure.”

    Pricing and availability
    inferno 5, flame 8 and flint 8 are expected to ship in Q1, 2003. Pricing will vary based on scalable configurations. For full pricing and configuration details, please contact Discreet UK Sales at +44 (0) 20 7851 8000, Discreet Montreal Sales at +1 (514) 393-1616, or visit www.discreet.com.


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