Autodesk is known for its AutoCAD and SketchBook Pro software. The company also makes professional editing software called Smoke and at NAB 2014, they are introducing Smoke 2015. Smoke 2015 is designed as Mac-only from the ground up and has improved compatibility with Apple’s Final Cut Pro X editing software. The suite also has improvements to take best advantage of the new version of the Mac Pro workstation as well as Blackmagic Thunderbolt devices. The software features a completely new Timeline FX and a 3D tracker.
Autodesk is launching a new subscription-based pricing model for the new software. It’ll cost $195 a month, $545 a quarter, or a yearly subscription for $1,750. You can get it come May.
NAB: Autodesk Unveils the Highly Anticipated Smoke 2015
New in Smoke 2015: 3D Tracking, Re-architected Timeline FX and Faster Performance; More Accessible Than Ever Starting at $195* a Month
LAS VEGAS, April 7, 2014 — Autodesk, Inc. unveiled the latest version of its powerful professional video editing software Autodesk Smoke 2015 at the National Association of Broadcasters Convention (NAB). In addition to significant new creative tools and performance enhancements, Smoke 2015 will soon be available as a Desktop Subscription, so customers can access the software on a pay-as-you-go basis for the first time.
“When Autodesk launched the ‘radically redesigned’ Smoke two years ago at NAB, we made a commitment to bring high-quality effects to editors in post, video production and corporate branding. And Smoke 2015 delivers on that promise,” said Chris Bradshaw, senior vice president, Autodesk Media & Entertainment. “Smoke 2015 not only features highly-requested new creative tools and improved workflows with industry-standard tools such as Final Cut Pro, but also an even easier and more affordable way for small studios to get started with the software.”
Smoke 2015, a professional video effects and editing tool for Mac-based studios, now features 3D Tracker, a new Timeline FX workflow, added hardware support and optimization for the new Mac Pro running OS X Mavericks and better interoperability with Final Cut Pro X.
“For us, Smoke is a fantastic tool. I love the one place solution that Smoke offers; it saves hours of production time. We use Smoke as our main tool on music videos, tour visuals and motion graphics – from Madonna to The Prodigy to MTV. I want Smoke on every desk in my studio,” said Eugene Riecansky, creative director, Rockstar (UK).
- New re-architected Timeline FX offers new effects capabilities for editors – such as direct access to the Action 3D compositing environment as a segment-based effect
- New timeline-integrated 3D tracker allows editors to match original camera movements in a clip in order to realistically add new elements: video layers, text or 3D objects
- Improved support for Blackmagic DesignLink card and UltraStudio for Thunderbolt devices and extended video IO support for AJA Video Systems to offer dual stream stereoscopic output
- Improved integration with Final Cut Pro X that supports more timeline and effects metadata for a fast, high fidelity project transfer between the apps. In addition, Smoke sequences can be exported as XML with accompanying QuickTime media files.
Pricing and Availability
In these competitive times, software accessibility and flexibility become ever more important especially to start-ups, freelancers and very small businesses, which make up the majority of new Smoke customers. Autodesk polled a sample across the professional video market and 68 percent responded that term-based software licensing is a great option. Smoke 2015 will soon be available via monthly, quarterly and annual Autodesk Desktop Subscription plans; customers who commit for a year save more than $500^. Smoke 2015 Desktop Subscription will be available starting May 8, 2014, on the Autodesk eStore for $195 SRP/month, $545 SRP/quarter and $1,750 SRP/year.
For features, benefits and tutorials, visit the Smoke product center, join the Smoke community, visit the Smoke Learning Channel (which boasts over one million cumulative views), friend us on Facebook, follow @Autodesk_ME on Twitter and join the #AutodeskSmoke conversation. Smoke 2015 will also be featured at the Las Vegas SuperMeet on Tuesday, April 8 at the Riviera Hotel and Casino and on the Autodesk NAB booth SL #3319.
^The $500 savings is based on the SRP of an annual Desktop Subscription plan for Smoke 2015 compared to purchasing a monthly Desktop Subscription plan.
*All SRPs shown are U.S. pricing only. International pricing may vary. SRPs are for reference purposes only. For non-eStore license purchases, the actual retail price is determined by your reseller. Autodesk Subscription plans are subject to additional terms, and all plans and benefits may not be available for all products and/or in all languages or geographies.
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