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Autodesk begins shipping Smoke 2010 for Mac

updated 10:20 am EST, Tue December 15, 2009

Suite handles editing, visual effects

Autodesk has begun shipping the Mac version of Smoke 2010, its high-end video production suite. The software is described as an editorial finishing tool, combining normal timeline editing with visual effects. Users can for instance implement 3D titles, color correction, compositing and/or rotoscoping.

The Mac edition can import timelines from Final Cut Pro and Avid Media Composer, in AAF or XML formats; projects can use Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD media as desired. Also supported are QuickTime, Panasonic P2 HD and Sony XDCam videos, and uncompressed DPX, TIFF and OpenEXR workflows. The software is intended explicitly for Snow Leopard, and costs $14,995 to license. For extensions, upgrades and product support, companies must pay another $1,995 per year for Autodesk Subscription.

by MacNN Staff





  1. inspectorgadget

    Joined: Dec 1969



    AutoDesk offers a trial version - thought I'd take a look at it to compare with Avid and FCP products already in use. Install went smooth, but launch repeatedly failed with cryptic message. Utility provided indicates the product is looking for a 'tmp' folder on a C: drive - uh oh; a windoze port. AutoDesk is notorious for not being accessible to deal with such issues in real time. Tried to uninstall the nearly 1Gb worth of myriad files. The uninstaller hung up as well; again and again. Email sent to AutoDesk help, but due to the fact their help route asked for my support contract information (yeah, right), I'm not to optimistic about a response. Tried running this app on an early 2009 Macpro using 10.6.2 with plenty of connected disk space and ram, so I don't think it's a hardware compatibility problem. Anyone successfully install this?

  1. shawnde

    Joined: Dec 1969



    "the product is looking for a 'tmp' folder on a C: drive - uh oh" ... LOL

    This was awesome. What kind of company does QA on a product, and misses something like this. And why the h*** is the installer looking for that? Did they build their own custom installer (a stupid move)? Why not use a third-party installer so you don't have to QA those things? Just outright stupid. Not surprised that this comes from Autodesk.

    However, keep in mind that the people who're writing this, are the old "Discreet" people from Montreal, and they usually were pretty good; so I'm not sure how they missed that. Looks really bad that you're asking $15,000 for a product, and you haven't done basic QA !!! I wonder what the rest of the product is like !!

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