Discreet Ships New Versions of Inferno, Flame, Flint and Effect

New Releases Blaze the Trail for a New Genre of Visual Effects

Jul 25, 2000, 01:00 ET from Discreet

    SIGGRAPH, NEW ORLEANS, July 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Discreet, a division of
 Autodesk, Inc., today announced worldwide shipment of inferno(R) 4 and version
 7 of flame(R), flint(R) and effect(R), the company's most pivotal releases of
 its Academy(R) Award-winning visual effects and finishing solutions since the
 revolutionary introduction of flame in 1993.  The new versions of the Discreet
 effects systems will be demonstrated at Siggraph 2000 in the 2D/3D integration
 and film and video effects theatres at the Discreet Booth (#1037) of the
 Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, July 25-28, 2000.
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     The new versions reflect artist-driven enhancements and new innovative
 advancements including an industry-first Colour Warper(TM), integrated Motion
 Estimation Timewarp and 3D Tracker, and expanded 2D/3D integration with
 Discreet's award-winning animation solution, 3d studio max(R).  Significant
 speed acceleration and interactivity are achieved with new caching mechanisms,
 offering even greater responsiveness for time-sensitive projects in broadcast
 design and post-production.  The new versions also offer an exciting new
 cross-platform effects production pipeline through integration with
 combustion(TM), Discreet's recent Macintosh(TM) and PC/NT-based effects
 desktop software.
     "The graphics and visual effects community originally embraced Discreet's
 effects solutions for their revolutionary artistic interface, interactivity,
 and return on investment," said John Miller, vice president of sales and
 marketing, Discreet.  "With these new versions, Discreet continues to give
 visual effects and graphic artists an exciting new rich palette of
 industry-first tools".
     "The new Colour Warper brings incredibly fast color correction and color
 matching tools to inferno -- including selective color correction," said
 John Montgomery, senior inferno artist, Avenue Chicago.  "I recently completed
 a spot which in the past would have required re-transferring multiple scenes
 in the telecine suite.  We really didn't have the time to do this, but with
 the new Color Warper I easily and quickly made the changes and blew the
 clients away.  Once again, Discreet has shown a great job of listening to its
 customer base and providing the features that we ask for -- from day to day
 workflow issues to new features in the software."
     Discreet inferno 4 and version 7 of flame, flint and effect include
 advanced features designed to inspire a new genre of film and video visual
 effects.  Discreet's industry-first integrated Colour Warper is a unique
 software color corrector that provides fast, flexible master controls for
 interactive color manipulation, scene-to-scene color matching, selective color
 correction, as well as the ability to warp RGB space to produce unparalleled
 effects.  The new versions also include 2D/3D integration with 3d studio max,
 where realistic animations are imported and integrated into live action
 sequences seamlessly.  New Batch Scripting capabilities are available to
 perform highly specialized tasks such as remote render previews via email
 notification, or automate daily jobs such as background rendering.  Also new
 to the Discreet effects systems is a new Texture Projector where 2D images are
 projected on 3D models to simulate 3D for fast realistic effects.
     In addition, inferno 4 includes the new 3D Tracker, new technology
 following an object's movement through a scene from a 3D "camera's eye"
 perspective while extracting original camera path and camera parameters.  With
 the accurate 3D tracking results, artists can integrate 3D models in
 live-action scenes with greater realism and predictability, simplifying the
 complex, iterative process of integrating 3D and 2D. inferno 4 also includes a
 Motion Estimation Timewarp module for precision control over camera speed
 selection, giving the artists expanded options for designing or modifying
 motion effects.  With the 3D Tracker and Motion Estimation Timewarp, inferno
 artists can create never-before-seen motion effects and realistic CG
 integration with greater control, flexibility and speed.
     Pricing and Availability
     Version 4 of inferno and version 7 of flame, flint and effect are
 available for worldwide shipment.  Customers and interested parties can
 contact their regional Discreet Sales office (www.discreet.com), or call
 800-869-3504 or 514-393-1616 for more information.
     About Discreet
     Discreet, a division of Autodesk, Inc., is a leader in digital content
 creation, management, and distribution tools.  Discreet develops systems and
 software for visual effects, 3D animation, editing, and production used in the
 creation of digital moving pictures for feature films, video, HDTV, broadcast
 graphics, interactive games, and the web.  Discreet products are used
 extensively in film and video post-production, games and multimedia, broadcast
 graphics, programming, and on-air event coverage.  For more information,
 contact any Authorized Discreet Reseller, call Discreet at 800-869-3504, or
 visit www.discreet.com.  Autodesk shares are traded on the Nasdaq national
 market under the symbol ADSK.
     Discreet is a division of Autodesk, Inc.  3d studio max, inferno, flame,
 flint and effect are registered trademarks, and Discreet and combustion are
 trademarks of Autodesk, Inc./Discreet Logic, Inc. in the USA and/or other
 countries.  All other brand names, product names, or trademarks belong to
 their respective holders.

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