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Review: Autodesk’s Smoke 2015 

By Chris Hengeveld

The newly released Smoke 2015, which had been a long time coming, has been shipping since May of this year. The current release includes Service Pack 1, which adds some engineering updates. As Autodesk often releases updates around NAB and IBC, look for some software improvements to be released mid-September.

Many changes have been made to the application itself, the supported hardware platform and the purchasing model. The application now has many of the new features that had been added to Autodesk Flame during the interim. A new pricing model is being offered to add flexibility for customers needs. Smoke 2015 is not a radical departure from the 2013 release, but it does build upon the previous version in hardware compatibility, software stability and feature set. Software capabilities continued to be developed along with Autodesk Flame until it was released this year.

Smoke 2015 now is compatible with the new Mac Pro! There are additional hardware configurations available, including support for Blackmagic UltraStudio Express, UltraStudio 3D, UltraStudio 4K, UltraStudio Mini Monitor Thunderbolt devices as well as Decklink 4K, Decklink HD 3D and Decklink Studio 2. In addition, AJA Kona, Kona 3G, and the AJA IO xT Thunderbolt device for video I/O are supported.

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Get to know performance capture with James Knight

James Knight, who worked on James Cameron’s Avatar while at Giant Studios, knows motion capture, or more precisely “performance capture.” It’s his specialty, as they say.

Knight is currently at BluStreak Media, a vertically integrated film and post studio, based on the Universal lot. The team has credits that include Real Steel, The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) and the Iron Man franchise. He also works with DuMonde Visual Effects, Richard Edlund’s company.

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MastersFX: blending practical and digital makeup
By Randi Altman

MastersFX has long had a reputation in the industry as a place to go for practical character/creature makeup effects. Recently this 30-year-old shop opened its Digital Makeup FX division, finalizing a path the company set out on almost eight years ago.

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So you want to be a music video director?
By Alex Topaller

Meet The Artist: Wander’s Aaron Weber 

Hush adds design director Claudia Chagüi

Bluefish444 offers new SDI features for Adobe CC, Media Composer, Scratch 8

Brewster Parsons hires visual effects veteran 
Jason Cohon

ProMAX targets 4K edit, 
VFX workflows with One workstations

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