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Autodesk Flame v2020

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3D visual effects (VFX), finishing, and color grading software

Flame® 3D VFX and finishing software provides effective tools for 3D compositing, visual effects, and editorial finishing. An integrated, creative environment means faster compositing, advanced graphics, color correction, and more.


Highlights

 

Maintain a creative mindset in a simple, task-based environment

Edit, composite, and color correct in one environment, without toggling between software. Create and iterate quickly for more productive client sessions and to stay in the flow.

Use collaboration and media management tools

  • Get smart media management with customizable views.
  • Support any modern format, including 8K.
  • Collaborate quickly with other artists using scriptable Python API commands.

Which Flame Product is right for you?

Flame
Tools for fast and interactive visual effects finishing and 3D compositing.

Flame Assist
A timeline-centric, fully compatible assistant station for Flame.

Flare
A fully compatible creative assistant station for Flame in collaborative VFX workflows.

Lustre
Real-time color grading software for creative look development.

What's new in Flame 2020

Flame® 3D VFX and finishing software provides tools for 3D compositing, visual effects, color correction, and editorial finishing. Get the tools you need in an integrated, creative environment.

autodesk flame3D/AOV: Z-depth map generator
Machine learning for live-action scene-depth reclamation. Analyze shots, color correct, or apply effects based on camera distance.

 

 

autodesk flame3D/AOV: human face normal map generator
Use machine learning to generate 3D surface-orientation bump maps for color adjustment, relighting, and beauty retouching.

 

 

autodesk flameCryptomatte render pass support
Making crypto object, asset, and materials available in Flame and Flare without having to request re-rendering.

 

 

autodesk flameRefraction
3D object can now refract real-world material, distorting background objects based on surface material characteristics.

 

 

Flame Features

3D compositing (Action)

Flame, Flame Assist, Flare

Combines the interactive speed of traditional 2D compositing and powerful 3D visual effects. Includes a WYSIWYG preview for artists in session.

Node-based compositing (Batch)

Flame, Flare

Batch, a node-based procedural compositing environment, integrates with the timeline and desktop to combine 2D and 3D elements efficiently and iteratively.

Editorial timeline

Flame, Flame Assist

Use the timeline to oversee projects, create consistent looks, and correctly match graded and 3D VFX shots to editorial intention. Includes scene detection.

Image Timeline FX and Batch node

Flame, Flare

Integrated collective toolset for color, beauty work, production fix-it tasks or freeform creative distortions and treatments-on any image.

MasterGrade: Creative Color tool

Flame, Flame Assist, Flare

Provides 3 modes optimized for grading the 3 types of color spaces: video, logarithmic, and scene-linear. Colorspace aware. Open industry standard for super looks.

Effects tab: Task-based environment

Flame, Flame Assist, Flare

The Effects tab lets you apply the shot-to-shot navigation principles of a color grading tool using a wide array of effects.

Creative FX for the Image node

Flame, Flare

A2Beauty and Washer Matchbox tools. Targeted at beauty work, clean up, and noise reduction. Physical Glare, for creating lens artifacts and creative lens FX for look development.

Conform

Flame, Flame Assist

Create multilayer timelines faster. Use a large set of advanced conforming and troubleshooting tools in a single task-based area.

Flame features for 3D visual effects

Flame® software provides tools for 3D compositing, visual effects, and editorial finishing. Get the tools you need in an integrated, creative environment.

Combines the interactive speed of traditional 2D compositing and powerful 3D visual effects. Includes a WYSIWYG preview for artists in session.

New | Automatic background reactor

Automatic cache on playback now available when using Linux Flame 2020. Making creative look dev tasks faster.

Media management

Flame, Flame Assist

Support for additional formats and enhanced sharing and handling help you better manage your media.

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Matchbox API

Flame, Flame Assist, Flare

Use GPU-accelerated GLSL shaders to solve challenges in Action’s 3D compositing environment.

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Action: Projection tracking

Flame, Flare

Turn a projection into a UV set for the geometry.

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Pybox

FLAME, FLARE, FLAME ASSIST

Use a scriptable handler to process your images via external renderers.

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Connected Conform smart merge

FLAME, FLAME ASSIST

Merge new editorial cuts dynamically with work in progress shots late in a project. 

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Modern color management

Flame, Flame Assist, Flare, Lustre

Track color space information on a per-clip basis, from source to screen. Includes the ability to lock exported color policies. 

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Python API

FLAME, FLARE, FLAME ASSIST

Drive the Batch environment via scriptable commands.

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Batch Paint animation

Flame, Flare

Adjust strokes via a multifunction edit box, animate them, or limit them with user-definable frame ranges. 

Batch Paint editing

Flame, Flare

Individually edit paint strokes in the Paint node to achieve a seamless look with 16-bit floating-point depth support. 

Connected Conform workflow

Flame, Flame Assist

A unified media management approach to share, sort, and sync media across multiple sequences. 

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GMask Tracer

Flame, Flare

Create sophisticated composites using a lightweight, spline-based shape tool with integrated chroma-keying tools.

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Scopes: HDR waveform monitoring

FLAME, FLAME ASSIST, FLARE

Enhanced signal monitoring for HDR and WCG ranges. Set viewport to Waveform, RGB Parade, a color vectorscope, 3D Cube, or Histogram widgets. Colorspace tagging informs the scopes view.

Planar tracking

Flame, Flare

Expertly and easily track perspective changes with the versatile, high-performing Planar Tracker.

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Flame-Lustre workflow

Flame, Lustre

VFX toolset for colorists with a new level of integration. 

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Shotgun integration

Flame, Flame Assist, Flare

Access the power of the Shotgun review and production tracking toolset. 

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Minimum system requirements

These are system requirements for Flame 2020.  (Flame, Flare, Flame Assist, Lustre) 

  Linux Mac
OS

CentOS 7.2; Download custom Autodesk CentOS 7.2 ISO, MD5
or
CentOS 7.4; Download custom Autodesk CentOS 7.4 ISO, MD5

Mac OS X 10.12.x Sierra, High Sierra 10.13.x, Mojave 10.14.x

If you wish to upgrade to High Sierra or Mojave from Sierra or older please consult the FAQ.
Action is required to avoid data loss.
GPU NVIDIA K6000 or newer. Minimum 4 GB VRAM
CPU Intel 64 multi-core processor Intel 64 multi-core processor
Audio card ALSA compatible Internal Core audio
DKU

version 14.0 download: tar, md5 

Key highlights (See workstation system requirement for details):

  • Nvidia driver 410.19
  • Nvidia RTX support
  • AJA driver 15
  • AJA kona 5 support
 
RAM 16 GB
Other 1920 x 1200 display with a 60hz refresh rate
US keyboard
Mouse

Autodesk Certified Workstations

  • All components included in system requirements have been certified by Autodesk.
  • All issues relative to specific hardware components will be treated by support team as valid.
  • Fully supported by DKU & system hardware check (Linux only).

Current certified Linux workstations

HP Z8 G4

Dell Precision 7920 Tower
Dell Precision 7920 Rack

  • Flagship HP Desktop Workstation
  • Background reactor compatible
  • Maximum performance and flexibility
  • Flagship Dell Desktop Workstation
  • Background reactor compatible
  • Maximum performance and flexibility

Legacy certified Linux workstations

HP Z840
  • Dual GPU Compatible*
HP Z820
  • Dual GPU Compatible*
HP Z440
  • Entry level HP Desktop Workstation
  • Autodesk Lustre unsupported   

Current Certified Mac workstations

iMacPro (Late 2017) System Requirements
  • Apple iMac Pro
  • Background Reactor not supported
Mac Pro (Late 2013) System Requirements
  • Apple desktop
  • Background Reactor not supported
iMac Retina 5K (mid-2017) System Requirements
  • Apple iMac
  • Background Reactor not supported

 

Workstations Self-qualified by Vendor

All components included in system requirements have been qualified against Autodesk's certified workstations by the vendor.

Dell T7910 Lenovo P910 Boxx Apexx W5 Ciara Titan 2204-G4
For more information, contact your local Dell vendor. 
Linux CentOS 7.2 or CentOS 7.4  
For more information, contact your local Lenovo vendor. 
Linux CentOS 7.2 or CentOS 7.4 
For more information, visit BOXX.com or contact your local BOXX vendor. Linux CentOS 7.2 or CentOS 7.4 2204-G4 For more information, visit Ciara website or contact your local Ciara vendor.
Linux CentOS 7.4
  • Flagship Dell Desktop Workstation
  • Background Reactor unsupported
  • Autodesk Lustre supported
  • Flagship Lenovo Desktop Workstation
  • Background Reactor unsupported
  • Autodesk Lustre supported
  • High-End Boxx Desktop Workstation
  • Background Reactor unsupported
  • Autodesk Lustre supported
  • Background Reactor unsupported
  • Autodesk Lustre supported

 

Storage solutions self-qualified by vendor

All storage solutions mentioned below have been qualified against Autodesk's certified storage solution by the vendor.

Infortrend
EonStor DS 4024 & JB 3024
Infortrend product
information
  • Ultimate mid-range storage performance
  • Innovative dual host board design
  • Fully integrated 12Gb/s SAS
  • SSD-optimized
  • Comprehensive data and security services
  • Durable and long-lasting emergency backup power
Quantum
Xcellis Scale-out and workflow storage
Quantum product
information
  • Flexible continuous scalability
  • Multi-protocol access built-in
  • Flexible connectivity options
  • Powered by StorNext 5
Dell EMC
Isilon scale out storage
Dell EMC solutions
Overview

Dell EMC Isilon
configuration &
optimization white
paper

  • Supports industry standard 4K formats, 4K/UHD color management, real-time monitoring and playback via SDI of 4K/UHD material at 50P and 60P
  • Extreme Performance: Dell EMC Isilon All-Flash accelerates content creation, management and delivery in the most demanding creation, broadcast, and delivery environments.
Netapp
E5600 Hybrid-Flash Array
Netapp E5600
product information
  • Standard SANtricity software features are available with every E-Series and EF-Series storage system.
  • High availability: Dual I/O path protection and mirroring.
  • Performance SSD Cache: Achieve automatic serving of high-reference data by up to 5TB of SSD via data-driven caching.
  • SANtricity Storage Manager: Manage the SANtricity OS and E-Series storage systems and EF-Series all-flash arrays.
OpenDrives
Avalanche NAS
Avalanche NAS
product information
  • An all-flash (SSD) array to minimize latency and maximize performance.
  • 18 GB/s aggregate throughput.
  • Native NAS protocols (NFS,SMB).
  • Edit, render, transcode, color and incorporate visual effects faster than ever.
  • Specific memory and caching enhancements to optimize speed.
  • Supports any file format, codec, or resolution.

Unsupported workstations Configurations or components

Device Type Description

Workstation

  • HP Z800
GFX Cards
  • NVIDIA Quadro FX5800
  • NVIDIA Quadro Q6000
Video IO Cards
  • AJA OEM 2K
Storage
  • Infiniband DDR
  • Infiniband QDR
Network
  • Miricom 10GigE

*Dual GPU configurations provide the ability to use the Application Background reactor functionality without taxing the primary GPU with processing & shared memory allocation. See Workstation system requirements for GFX card compatibility.  

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Flame Family 2020 Update Highlights

Support for CentOS 7.4

The Flame Family 2020 release supports CentOS 7.4 on all certified platforms listed on the system requirements page.

Please take note of the following:

  • CentOS 7.4 must be installed using the Autodesk custom .iso.
  • CentOS 7.4 is not currently supported for Flame Family 2018.3 Update (and previous versions). We recommend that you install CentOS 7.4 on a different system drive or partition if you need to maintain previous software versions.
  • The CentOS 7.2 to CentOS 7.4 upgrade path is not supported: the Autodesk custom .iso triggers a complete CentOS 7.4 install.

The upgrade to CentOS 7.4 is not mandatory for the 2020 release. CentOS 7.2 is still a supported operating system for Flame Family version 2020, but only for the platforms originally certified with it (HP Z820, HP Z440, and HP Z840).

New DKU Required for 2020 (Linux Only)

Flame Family 2020 version requires the installation of DKU version 14.0.0 on all Linux workstations. This DKU contains:

  • The new AJA 15 drivers.
  • A new NVIDIA driver (410.93)

The DKU 14.0.0 installs in /opt/Autodesk/DKU.

Note that the DKU installs the AJA 15 drivers, but that the installed AJA also requires a firmware update. To update the card's firmware, first install the new DKU, and then run the script ./AJAfw_update from the folder /opt/Autodesk/DKU/current/Utils/. If you are using a Z820, you will also find at that location a firmware update for the KONA 3G.

The DKU can be downloaded from the System Requirements page.

Backburner 2020 Update

Backburner 2020 is automatically installed when you install any Flame Family product. But if you're in an environment running Backburner Manager on a dedicated workstation, you need to manually install Backburner 2020 on that workstation to benefit from the latest fixes.

You can download the Backburner 2020 standalone installer from Autodesk online store. Search for Backburner.

AVIO Configuration Support

Flame Family 2020 version supports the new AJA 15 drivers.

  • Linux: Install DKU 14.0.0 to have access to the new AJA 15 drivers.
  • macOS: Download the AJA Software Installer v15.1 - Mac from the AJA website.

AJA 15 introduces support for the new AJA Kona 5 card for all certified platforms listed on the system requirements page.

Note: Advanced KONA 5 features are not supported in this release.

Autodesk Network License Manager Update

Note: This update affects applications licensed using Multi-User (license server), and no action is required for applications licensed using Single User on macOS.

Flame Family 2020 version requires the Autodesk Network License Manager to be updated to the latest version. This Network License Manager version is fully compatible with the Flame Family applications version 2018 and up.

See the following links for more information:

Deprecated Hardware

  • The Avid Artist Series Panels are no longer supported by Flame Family products.
  • NVIDIA Quadro 6000 cards are no longer supported. Minimal requirement now specify NVIDIA Kepler-series and newer.

See full 2020 release notes

Flame Family 2019.2 Update Highlights

Creative FX:

  • Light Wrap in Action
  • GMask Tracer in Flame Assist
  • Neat video denoise via OpenFX node
  • Printer Lights in MasterGrade

Python scripting:

  • Timeline
  • Media Panel
  • Render Node
  • Camera 3D

User Feedback:

  • New Bookmarks Manager
  • New file browser
  • And more...

Navigation tips:

  • Make sure to check out https://area.autodesk.com/flame-central/, the hub for all your Flame Family links in one convenient tabbed page.
  • Looking for the Release Notes for Flame Family 2019.2 Update? Click here: Flame Family 2019.2 Update Release Notes.
  • Many new feature videos (as well as other workflow videos) are available at https://www.youtube.com/user/FlameHowTos. This Learning Channel is updated frequently, so be sure to subscribe or bookmark the page.
  • Links to specific 2019.2 Update videos are denoted by this icon: 

For details on all the new features and enhancements in this release, view the full release notes.

  • Action
  • Animation
  • AVIO
  • Backburner
  • Batch or Batch FX
  • Colour Management
  • Connected Conform
  • Effects Tab
  • File Browser
  • GMask Tracer
  • Image
  • Look
  • Matchbox
  • MediaHub
  • Media Formats
  • Media Panel
  • Miscellaneous
  • Plugins
  • Python Hooks
  • Python API
  • Security (Linux Only)
  • Shotgun
  • Stabilizer / Tracker
  • Tangent Panels
  • Timeline
  • Viewing

Flame Family 2019.1 Update Highlights

Colour:

  • RGB Curves in MasterGrade
  • Tangent Arc Support
  • Tangent panel support in Image and MasterGrade
  • Enhanced Colour Sampler
  • Conform, Timeline and Effects:
  • Search Presets
  • Drag & drop to re-order Matchbox
  • Sources C- and A-sort modes
  • Create Batch Group options

Python scripting:

  • Action
  • Timeline creation
  • Export

Navigation tips:

  • Make sure to check out https://area.autodesk.com/flame-central/, a new hub for all your Flame Family links in one convenient tabbed page.
  • Looking for the Release Notes for Flame Family 2019.1 Update? Click here: Flame Family 2019.1 Update Release Notes.
  • Many new feature videos (as well as other workflow videos) are available athttps://www.youtube.com/user/FlameHowTos. This Learning Channel is updated frequently, so be sure to subscribe or bookmark the page.

For details on all the new features and enhancements in this release, view the full release notes.

  • Action
  • AVIO
  • Batch and Batch FX
  • Batch
  • Colour Science
  • Conform
  • Effects Tab
  • Image
  • Matchbox
  • MediaHub
  • Media Export
  • Media Import
  • Python API
  • Tangent Panels Support
  • Timeline
  • Smaller But Still Nice Improvements