Over 100 Additional Post-production Facilities Adopt Autodesk's Visual Effects and Editing/Finishing Systems Running on Linux

Apr 05, 2007, 01:00 ET from Autodesk, Inc.

    SAN RAFAEL, Calif., April 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- During the past
 six months, more than 100 additional post-production facilities around the
 globe have adopted Autodesk, Inc.'s (Nasdaq:   ADSK) film and television
 solutions running on the Linux operating system. The Autodesk Linux-based
 systems provide digital artists and editors with increased speed and
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     In April 2006, Autodesk transitioned its visual effects and
 editing/finishing systems from SGI-based workstations to workstations
 running the Linux operating system. The Linux-based Autodesk Flame visual
 effects system renders complex 3D composites more than 20 times faster than
 on previous SGI-based workstations.
     "The migration of Autodesk systems to the Linux platform has been a
 great success," said Stig Gruman, Autodesk's Media & Entertainment vice
 president of systems. "This operating system allows Autodesk to take
 advantage of rapid, continuous improvements to commodity hardware
 components such as central processing units, graphics cards, and Infiniband
 networking technology."
     Industrial Light & Magic
     Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) recently transitioned six of its
 Autodesk Inferno visual effects systems to Linux workstations. Inferno and
 Flame are part of the facility's proprietary SABRE visual effects system
 for feature film work. "Moving to Autodesk Inferno on Linux has improved
 ILM's workflow efficiency, allowing our artists to produce high-quality
 results more quickly than ever before," said Curt Miyashiro, director of
 production technology for ILM.
     "I love the speed and interactivity of Autodesk Inferno on the Linux
 workstation," added Grady Cofer, visual effects supervisor and SABRE
 artist. "All of the system's creative functions are noticeably faster,
 which makes it easy for me to brainstorm and experiment with different
 concepts for a scene." ILM is using Autodesk Inferno running on Linux for
 several upcoming films, including Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End,
 Transformers, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Evan Almighty.
     The Mill
     The Mill upgraded its Autodesk Smoke editing/finishing systems and
 Flame visual effects systems to Linux-based workstations. "The Mill is
 proud to be an early adopter of Autodesk Smoke and Flame systems running on
 Linux. We're using the systems in our London, New York and Los Angeles
 facilities," said Angus Kneale, creative director at The Mill. "The systems
 are highly interactive, extremely efficient and more capable of handling
 our HD projects. Smoke and Flame on Linux demonstrate the longevity of
 Autodesk's editing and finishing, and visual effects products."
     Quiet Man
     New York-based commercial post facility Quiet Man also transitioned its
 Flame systems to Linux. The upgrade was spurred by the facility's growing
 number of high-definition projects. "The speed and stability of Autodesk
 Flame on Linux makes it easy for us to generate multiple versions of a TV
 commercial in real-time during client supervised sessions," said Johnnie
 Semerad, Quiet Man's founder and creative director. "We are able to quickly
 meet the needs of our clients, which has definitely increased the amount of
 work our facility can handle."
     Other Autodesk clients that have embraced the company's visual effects
 and editing/finishing systems on Linux, in the past six months, include:
     --  AXYZ Edit/Animation (Canada)
     --  Brickyard VFX (USA)
     --  Che Revolution Post (Argentina)
     --  Grace & Wild (USA)
     --  Hybride Technologies Inc. (Canada)
     --  Interface Media Group (USA)
     --  Rhino FX (USA)
     --  Rhythm & Hues (USA)
     --  Tango Productions Inc. (USA)
     --  The Syndicate (USA)
     Europe, the Middle East and Africa
     --  Chimney Pot AB (Sweden)
     --  Condor Video BV (United Arab Emirates)
     --  Duckling A/S (Denmark)
     --  Moving Picture Company (United Kingdom)
     --  Riviera Music Sound & Post (Sweden)
     South Asia Pacific
     --  Cutting Edge (Australia)
     --  Omnilab Media Group: the LaB Sydney and Digital Pictures (Australia)
     --  Prime Focus (India)
     --  The Post Lounge (Australia)
     --  Beijing Television Station  (China)
     --  Korean Broadcasting System (South Korea)
     --  Fame Post-Production Co. Ltd. (Thailand)
     About Autodesk
     Autodesk, Inc. is the world leader in 2D and 3D design software for the
 manufacturing, building and construction, and media and entertainment
 markets. Since its introduction of AutoCAD software in 1982, Autodesk has
 developed the broadest portfolio of state-of-the-art digital prototyping
 solutions to help customers experience their ideas before they are real.
 Fortune 1000 companies rely on Autodesk for the tools to visualize,
 simulate and analyze real-world performance early in the design process to
 save time and money, enhance quality and foster innovation. For additional
 information about Autodesk, visit http://www.autodesk.com.
     Autodesk, AutoCAD, Flame, Inferno and Smoke are registered trademarks
 or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc., in the USA and/or other countries. All
 other brand names, product names or trademarks belong to their respective
 holders. Autodesk reserves the right to alter product offerings and
 specifications at any time without notice, and is not responsible for
 typographical or graphical errors that may appear in this document.
     Contact: Brittany Bonhomme, 514-954-7419
     Email: brittany.bonhomme@autodesk.com

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