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Autodesk Unveils ‘Flow’ Cloud Platform for M&E

Revealed at Autodesk University 2023: The Design and Make Conference, the new platform connects entire production pipelines with Maya and 3rd party artist tools from SideFX, Avid, and Foundry. plugging directly into the open ecosystem.

At Autodesk University 2023: The Design and Make Conference, running November 13-15 in Las Vegas, the Media & Entertainment team revealed Autodesk Flow, an industry cloud platform designed to accelerate development of connected workflows by putting data at the center of collaboration by connecting every production stage.

Underpinning Flow is Autodesk’s cloud data model, built with open APIs, that structures data created and consumed throughout the production pipeline. Flow allows users to capture, reuse, and track data as a single source for all assets, versions, and feedback. From individual artists to entire departments and studios, everyone can work on tasks simultaneously.

Flow connects the entire production pipeline:

With Flow Capture, currently known as Moxion, and Flow Production Tracking, currently known as ShotGrid, the platform connects on-set and post-production data to the M&E data model, enabling seamless management of assets from the camera to post-production.

Enabled by open standards, Flow allows existing content creation tools, starting with Maya, and third-party tools from SideFX, Avid, and The Foundry to plug into an open ecosystem. Artists don’t need to download files; the platform provides access to everything, such as storyboards and production data, from within the tools already used.

Over time, the united production pipeline enables seamless workflows that expand from post-production to other areas of the production pipeline. Flow provides immediate access to production data, connecting production phases and improving efficiency. Flow is designed for both television and animation production but also provides insights for game developers on enhancing workflows and managing project assets, stakeholders, and complexities.

AI-powered future possible maximizing use of data:

Flow features AI-powered Generative Scheduling so teams can predict, plan, and right-size resources for creative bandwidth as needed.

Autodesk has also teamed up with Wonder Dynamics to automate creative workflows with AI to automatically animate, light, and compose CG characters in a live-action scene. The new Maya plug-in allows Maya users to export CG characters from Autodesk Maya into Wonder Studio seamlessly. Artists can also export 3D scenes out of Wonder Studio back into Maya, controlling each element, such as animation, camera, and lighting data.

Additional information on Autodesk Flow is available here.

Source: Autodesk

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Debbie Diamond Sarto is news editor at Animation World Network.