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NAB2015: Autodesk announces updates and ACES support

NAB2015: Autodesk announces updates and ACES support
David Wood
13 April 2015

Autodesk has unveiled the latest improvements to its Flame, Maya and 3ds tools and has announced support for ACES 1.0 colour management. 

Flame Premium creative finishing software, Maya 3D animation software, Shotgun and RV, will now support ACES 1.0, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' colour management and interchange standards. 

Support for the new ACES 1.0 color transforms and Common LUT Format (CLF) has already been integrated into the latest versions of Flame, Lustre, and Maya, giving more flexibility to achieve and maintain color consistency.

Autodesk has also unveiled the latest improvement to finishing tool Flame, with new Lightbox cast colour correction allowing colour grading using light sources. 

There have also been performance improvements such as proxy handling for UHD workflows, faster rendering and a new export mode.

3D Animation

Autodesk’s 2016 has significant updates to 3D animation tool Maya and modeling and sculpting tool 3ds Max with new features and improved performance.

Autodesk said Maya 2016 would be significantly faster and easier to use with ‘supercharged animation performance’ with a parallel evaluation system takes advantage of the CPU and GPU to increase the speed of both playback and character rig manipulation.

It has a new look and feel with new capabilities in bifrost, including adaptive foam and guided simulations, to help create realistic liquid simulations.

3ds Max 2016: has a new Max Creation Graph: A new node-based content and tool creation toolkit integrated by user request.

The new system will enable users to extend 3ds Max with geometric objects and modifiers.

Users will be able to package graphs and share them with other users.

Autodesk senior vice president Chris Bradshaw said. "Our 2016 software has expanded flexibility enabling new and seasoned artists to more easily navigate industry disruptions so they can keep telling great stories, without compromising quality."

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