Discreet, the media and entertainment division of Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK), has announced combustion 4 software, a full-step upgrade to its visual effects desktop software solution. combustion software for Windows and Mac features tools for visual effects creation, including vector paint, particles, effects, animation, and 3D compositing tools. Version 4 provides motion graphics and compositing artists new creative capabilities, interface improvements, new paint tools, and enhanced interoperability with most 3D animation products including Discreet's 3ds max animation software, and Discreet's cleaner encoding software and its systems products including flint, flame, inferno, fire, and smoke.
New features in combustion 4 include the following:
- Discreet's Diamond Keyer—the second generation of sophisticated keying algorithms derived from flame, Discreet's online visual effects system. The Diamond Keyer adds a new level of advanced keying technology to the capabilities already available to combustion users via the Discreet Keyer.
- Time-Warp—a fully keyframeable, time-remapping operator for quickly creating slow motion and speed-up effects
- B-spline vector shapes and new point-grouping for faster, more efficient rotoscoping
- New optimized Fast Gaussian Blur
- Custom capsules—create and save encapsulated single or grouped operator nodes
- Gbuffer builder—enables custom building of Discreet's Rich Pixel Format (RPF) data structures from bitmap files for more extensive use of combustion's RPF nodes
- Merge operator—new optimized operator to quickly merge two layers of the same size using any of combustion's transfer nodes
- UI enhancements including edit-operator, navigation, filtering, and compare tool improvements
- New file import/export options—import of images into color mixer, import ASE (ASCII Scene Export) camera targets from 3ds max, import Windows Media, Open EXR-compatible output
- Enhanced paint—new paint tools, grids, and rulers, Bspline in paint, and new customized brushes
- Ability to read media directly from Discreet stone filesystems for enhanced interoperability with Discreet's online systems: inferno, fire, smoke, flame, flint, and backdraft