Autodesk Introduces Linux-Based Version of Autodesk Toxik Visual Effects Software

Offers Film Studios and Post-Production Facilities Greater Choice in Back-End

Digital Film Workflow

Dec 05, 2005, 00:00 ET from Autodesk, Inc.

    SAN RAFAEL, Calif., Dec. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- At the Digital Media
 Festival in Sydney, Australia, Autodesk, Inc. (Nasdaq:   ADSK) today launched
 Autodesk Toxik visual effects software running on the Linux operating system.
 Toxik software enables teams of digital artists to collaboratively realize
 feature film visual effects ideas, and is already available on the Windows
 operating system. With the introduction of Toxik software running on Linux,
 film studios and post-production facilities have more options for the back-end
 infrastructure and administration of their digital film pipelines.
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     "The number of digital artists collaborating on a film can range from less
 than 10 to more than 100. Autodesk Toxik software facilitates collaboration
 within these workgroups," said Marc Petit, vice president of product
 development and operations for Autodesk's Media & Entertainment Division.
 "Linux is now a prevalent operating system for feature film pipelines. It
 simplifies the management of large, computerized workgroups and meets the
 storage and networking requirements for massive, high-quality images."
     The Linux operating system has gained popularity amongst film studios and
 post-production facilities in Australia, Europe and North America. Australia's
 largest post-production company, The Omnilab Group, beta tested Toxik software
 running on Linux through an installation at The Lab Sydney.
     Ian Johnson, general manager of The Omnilab Group's The Lab Sydney, said,
 "I can see Toxik becoming a major force in the film industry; the Linux-based
 version reinforces this because it provides a robust, open architecture that
 expands our future options. We're moving our render farm to Linux, so Toxik
 software running Linux would easily fit in. The software is built with the
 complexity of film file formats in mind and its collaborative workflow design
 is revolutionary." A render farm is a computer cluster used to speed the
 delivery of computer-generated imagery, typically for film and television
 visual effects, in its finished form.
     Availability and Pricing
     Autodesk anticipates that the Toxik software running on Linux will be
 available this winter. Toxik software running on the Windows operating system
 is currently available. North American suggested pricing for each Toxik
 creative seat with supporting collaboration infrastructure is $9,000 USD. For
 further information visit or contact Autodesk's
 Media & Entertainment Division at 800-869-3504.
     About Autodesk Toxik
     Autodesk Toxik digital compositing software is used to create feature film
 visual effects. Toxik software is ideal for multi-artist film studio and
 post-production pipelines. Designed with a creative user in mind, Toxik image
 processing capabilities are built around its Ultra-High Resolution Interaction
 and High Dynamic Range Imagery core, allowing users to work interactively and
 intuitively with virtually any visual media, regardless of bit-depth or image
 size. Toxik software also offers integrated asset tracking, collaboration and
 versioning capabilities that fully automate the complex task of tracking shot
 and element iterations while providing a complete history of how any shot in a
 project progressed from inception to final output. For more information, visit
     About Autodesk
     Autodesk, Inc. is wholly focused on ensuring that great ideas are turned
 into reality. With over seven million users, Autodesk is the world's leading
 software and services company for the manufacturing, building, infrastructure,
 wireless data services and media and entertainment fields. Autodesk's
 solutions help customers create, manage and share their data and digital
 assets more effectively. As a result, customers turn ideas into competitive
 advantage by becoming more productive, streamlining project efficiency and
 maximizing profits.
     Founded in 1982, Autodesk is headquartered in San Rafael, California.  For
 additional information about Autodesk, please visit
     NOTE:  Autodesk and Toxik are either registered trademarks or trademarks
 of Autodesk, Inc./Autodesk Canada Co. in the USA and/or other countries. All
 other brand names, product names or trademarks belong to their respective
     Contact:   Roohi Saeed, 514-954-7296

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