Over 40 improvements have been made to the colour grading software.
Autodesk has revealed over 40 improvements to its Flame software in its latest update, after feedback from artists.
One of the main changes is the use of machine learning to add next-gen camera tracking technology. The camera tracker delivers automatic camera solves and 3D geometry output. In addition, artists gain a more robust finishing toolset for color grading through FX and editorial, in addition to Network Device Interface (NDI®) video preview streaming for sharing work remotely with collaborators.
Next-gen camera tracking: Using scene reconstruction algorithms similar to autonomous vehicle smart ‘vision’ and reality capture-type point cloud reconstruction, Flame’s new camera tracker ‘auto masks’ or ignores moveable objects like people, cars, bodies of water, and skies, and focuses the solve on the static scene environment only, so that artists no longer have to spend time manually masking out moving objects to get a reliable result. In many cases, the new camera tracker provides artists with a one-click solve, delivering high-quality results with over 5,000 points in a fraction of the time it would take using traditional workflows.
Integrated finishing toolset: A new creative look up table (LUT) loader lets users import an external file-based LUT or color transform from a wide variety of file formats (.3dl .cube .ctf .ccc) directly inside Action and Image toolsets, and apply the ‘look’ to the entire picture or part of it. Additional enhancements include broadened GMask Tracer functionality, expanded support for industry-standard tactile colorist control panels (Arc, Element, Wave 2, Ripple, Element-Vs), and Blackmagic RAW media compatibility.
NDI video preview streaming: Artists can now share high-quality full screen video with creative stakeholders remotely, either over a closed network or public internet, using any NewTek NDI® receiver software or device for a virtual experience akin to an in-person, over-the-shoulder review session. The new feature is also compatible with webcasting software like OBS Studio and streaming services like YouTube Live, Facebook Live, and Twitch.
Flame family product manager at Autodesk, Will Harris, said: “2020 proved a year unlike any other for the media and entertainment industry, and although the pandemic introduced new challenges, we saw the creative finishing community come together to find new, innovative ways to continue working and deliver high quality content. Inspired by their resilience and adaptability, we’ve been listening to customers to evolve the Flame toolset so that it can help meet both current and future needs of artists.
“The latest updates to Flame – including new ML-powered camera tracking, an integrated finishing toolset, and enhanced support for remote workflows – are a direct reflection of these efforts and feedback from the Flame community of artists.”
More information on the latest update can be found here, or at Autodesk’s Catch Up with Flame Webinar on Wednesday, April 28 from 12-1:30 pm ET/9:30-10:30 am PT - hosted by Harris and Alkemy X VFX Supervisor Bilali Mack.