Autodesk unveils Smoke 2015 with 3D tracking, new Timeline FX & more

Autodesk has used the NAB 2014 trade show in Las Vegas to unveil Smoke 2015, the newest version of the professional video editing and finishing software that now includes 3D tracking, a re-architected Timeline FX and faster performance.

The Timeline FX has been re-designed to offer video editors new effects capabilities, better rendering performance for quicker results and the ability to reorder effects straight from the timeline.

A timeline-integrated 3D tracker has also been introduced to allow editors to recreate realistic camera movements in a clip in order to composite new elements such as video layers, text or 3D objects into the scene (below).

(Above) An example of the re-architected Timeline FX, which provides direct access to the Action 3D compositing environment.

In addition to these new features, Autodesk has added support for the new Mac Pro and OS X Mavericks, as well as better integration with Final Cut Pro X, meaning users of Apple's latest pro computer will get better performance and simplified workflow.

There's also improved the support for Blackmagic Design cards and devices, as well as video IO support for AJA Video Systems to offer dual stream stereoscopic output.

Autodesk also launched a new version of its high-end visual effects and finishing software, Flame 2015, at the event, adding new creative tools, speeding up performance and adding support for 4K monitors.

Alongside announcing the new versions of Smoke and Flame, Autodesk has also revealed that, as of 8 May, Smoke 2015 will be available to rent on a monthly, quarterly or annual subscription basis, for £205 per month, £515 per quarter or £1,645 per year. Flame 2015 will begin shipping this month, and is part of the new Desktop Subscription flexible payment model.

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