Autodesk has announced the 2010 software releases for its Flame and Inferno for visual effects systems, and the launch of a new 'companion' product to sit alongside them, Autodesk Flare. The releases are being showcased NAB Show 2009 in Las Vegas.

With a focus on expanding 3D technology in Flame and Inferno, new features and enhancements in Flame and Inferno 2010 versions include more creative tools such as GPU-accelerated 3D Blur, 3D Path, normal and UV Mapping tools as well as advancements to 3D Text and Displacement Mapping tools. There's expanded format support via WiretapCentral software for REDCODE RAW files, multichannel OpenEXR import and DNxHD with Apple QuickTime application programme

The new releases also gain a file-based conform workflow with a powerful new search engine and configurable import settings to control metadata mapping, plus extended floating-point processing support and redesigned Modular Keyer with customisable presets.

Autodesk Flare 2010 offers the core creative toolset of Flame and Inferno, according to the company. Flare is intended for advanced creative tasks, such as compositing, sophisticated graphics and interactive design, as well as support tasks such as rotoscoping, retouching and dust removal, project setup and keying.

Flare is based on the Batch procedural compositing environment, and offers a 3D compositing environment with advanced 3D tools.