Smoke and Mirrors has become the first post facility to purchase seats of Flare, Autodesk's new software-only creative companion to the Flame and Inferno visual effects systems.

Smoke and Mirrors beta tested the new product, providing input on its development. It signed a deal for two seats at NAB on Monday, in so becoming the product's first customer.

Featuring the core creative toolset of Flame and Inferno, Flare is designed to boost creativity, expand capacity for Flame and Inferno users, opening up hero suites for more client attend work while still allowing ‘back room' tasks to be completed.

It costs roughly 20% of the price of a full Flame or Inferno system, can run on legacy hardware and offers a floating license.

Flare is able to do creative tasks, such as compositing, sophisticated graphics and interactive design, as well as support tasks such as rotoscoping, retouching and dust removal, project setup and keying.
For more on Flare see this week's Broadcast.

Image Caption: (left to right) Dave Rhodes, VP Sales, Autodesk; Vin Kennedy, Territory Manager, Autodesk; Mark Wildig, CTO, Smoke & Mirrors; Stig Gruman, VP Digital Entertainment, Autodesk.