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Autodesk Introduces Flame for Linux

Autodesk Inc. launched its Academy Award-winning Discreet Flame visual effects system on dual-core workstations running the Linux operating system. The Discreet Flame system is already available on workstations running the IRIX operating system. As a result, film studios, broadcasters and post-production facilities will have more flexibility and choice in shaping their digital content creation pipelines.

For more than a decade, the Discreet Flame system has helped digital artists realize ideas for hundreds of blockbuster films, television shows, television spots and channel brands. The system provides a fully interactive 3D compositing environment that is packed with advanced creative tools for video, SD and HD TV and 2K digital cinema post-production.

Kevin Tengan, head of 2D systems at Los Angeles-based Rhythm + Hues Studios, said, With the exception of our IRIX-based Autodesk Discreet systems, Rhythm + Hues Studios is predominantly a Linux shop. Weve now integrated the new Linux-based version of Discreet Flame into our facility to create a more manageable, homogenous computing environment. The speed of this system is amazing, as is the stability. Weve already completed three spots with it, one of which involved several client-assisted sessions. Our client was also blown away by the Flame capabilities on the dual-core workstation. Television spots were delivered for both the discount retailer Target Corp. and SeaWorld adventure parks.

Dave Smith, managing director at U.K.-based post-production facility Absolute, said, The Discreet Flame system has been a big part of our business. The Flame system running Linux is a turning point for the industry. Autodesks use of high-performance, dual-core Linux workstations provides us with more flexible and cost-effective platform choices going forward. The systems new tools, such as layer-based paint in batch, are great too because they increase our design flexibility.

Autodesks Discreet Flint visual effects system and Discreet Smoke editing system are also available on Linux-based workstations, making Autodesk one of the worlds leading providers of digital content creation tools for the Linux operating system.

Dual-core workstations offer fast, interactive performance that empowers digital artists to realize their creative visions faster than ever before; ultimately allowing the facility to be more productive, added Bill Roberts, director of product management for Autodesks Media & Ent. division. Dual-core processor technology allows users to execute multiple tasks simultaneously at a faster rate than traditional single-core processor technology.

Autodesks Discreet Flame and Discreet Smoke 2K systems are currently available on SGI IRIX-based workstations. Autodesk anticipates that the following Discreet systems will be available on Linux-based workstations this winter: * Discreet Flame and Discreet Smoke 2K systems* Discreet Flint SD and Smoke SD systems* Discreet Flint HD and Smoke HD systems

Autodesk will showcase a number of the aforementioned Discreet systems this week at the following events:* NAB Post +: Visit the Autodesk booth (# 302) at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City from Nov. 15-17* International Broadcast Equipment Exhibition (Inter BEE): Visit the Autodesk booth (# 7105) at the Nippon Convention Center in Makuhari Messe, Japan, from Nov. 16-18

Autodesk Inc. (, which recently acquired Alias, is the leading software and services company for the manufacturing, infrastructure, building, digital media and wireless data services fields. Founded in 1982, Autodesk is headquartered in San Rafael, California.