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Discreet present latest inferno, flame and flint at IBC

Discreet have unveiled inferno 5, flame 8 and flint 8, the latest versions of their family of visual effects compositing systems at IBC 2002.
These software releases, say Discreet, mark significant architectural, feature and workflow improvements that continue to expand and enhance the investments of visual effects artists, compositors and motion graphic designers in television and film.
Due to ship in Q1, 2003, Discreet will demonstrate the enhanced feature sets of flame 8 including: mixed resolution support, extended editing capabilities and support for background rendering on Linux from Discreet’s newly announced burn software solution.
Mixed resolution support in the new versions of inferno, flame and flint will give artists the ability to create and manage intricate effects by freely combining, mixing and matching images of different size, aspect ratio and colour depth in one unified environment. New extended editing capabilities will be available directly within the products, making the effects and editing process even more streamlined by eliminating the need to exit the Batch mode to add, modify, trim or delete sources related to the composite.
In addition, a unified animation channel greatly increases the artist’s versatility to experiment and create animated effects. With support for distributed background rendering capabilities, users can now offload render jobs in the background across multiple distributed systems.
The new releases also support the FBX file format from Kaydara, creating improved integration of 2D and 3D workflow and extending the 3D model support across different vendors writing with this industry standard.
The new version of inferno, flame and flint will also take advantage of the new burn technology being introduced at IBC 2002. This will free up Discreet online effects workstations leaving the artist to focus on the creative process, and utilize time to complete complex high-resolution effects that can be sent to burn and rendered. In addition, burn will allow inferno 5, flame 8 and flint 8 systems to leverage multiple CPUs simultaneously to calculate results.
Discreet inferno 5, flame 8 and flint 8 are expected to ship in Q1, 2003, and pricing will vary based on scalable configurations.

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