Autodesk Smoke 2013 for the Mac is moving into a pre-release BETA stage. The visual effects and compositing software also has a non-linear editing app on its front end, adding video editing to its quiver. There’s plenty of features packed into this professional level utility, least of which is the dramatic drop in price to get the attention of the pro world to give it a test drive.
AutoDesk has completely redone the interface and has added a node-based compositing utility called ConnectFX, and also render clips that are heavily compressed, but can also work with RGB. This gives higher-end iMacs that are equipped with Apple’s Thunderbolt ports plenty of wiggle room, especially when running in a RAID configuration.
The pre-release beta also is unique because users can try it out for three months, rather than just the standard 30 day standard trial. That’s gives plenty of time to go through the learning curve, and to actually see some decent results from the demo.
Make sure you have enough under the hood to install it though as the minimum requirements need a lot of horsepower:
- Apple Mac OS X version 10.6.6 or above
- 64-bit Intel multicore processor
- Refer to the Recommended Hardware wizard for a detailed list of recommended systems and graphics cards
- 8 GB or more of RAM strongly recommended
- 3 GB free disk space for download and installation
- Minimum 1,440 x 900 display (1,920 x 1,200 or higher recommended)
- U.S. keyboard (Required to properly map hotkeys)
Then, if you have the power, you can download the program, you download from the link below, after filling out a form, and installing what looks like some monitoring software called Akamai NetSession Interface. Then Smoke gets installed at roughly a gig in size. Download it here to give it a try for yourself
And to help you get up to speed on Smoke, Autodesk has created a series of tutorials on their YouTube channel here. What’s really interesting though, is that the program once carried a steep pricetag of over $15k, but Autodesk is clearly courting the lower budget indy market by slashing the price tag to $3500. But let’s be honest here, for that price, you can get the entire Adobe Production Premium Suite and still have change to spare. (Editor’s Note: Or Final Cut Pro X, Motion 5 and Compressor 4 for $400.)
Smoke is scheduled to begin shipping this fall.
Hat Tip – Studio Daily