3D visual effects (VFX), finishing, and color grading software
Autodesk Flame® software is a powerful 3D compositing, visual effects, and editorial finishing tool with an integrated environment that accelerates creative workflows.
Flame provide effective tools for 3D compositing, visual effects, and editorial finishing. An integrated, creative environment means faster compositing, advanced graphics, color correction, and more.
Enjoy the speed of 2D compositing—with 3D visual effects
Flame® 3D VFX and finishing software provide powerful tools for 3D compositing, visual effects, and editorial finishing. An integrated, creative environment means faster compositing, advanced graphics, color correction, and more.
Discover a unique way to isolate and modify common objects
Extract mattes of the human body, head, and face with AI-powered tools for color adjustment, relighting, and digital cosmetic and beauty work. Isolate skies and salient objects quickly for grading and VFX jobs.
Machine Learning Tools in Autodesk Flame (video: 3:39 min.)
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.
Image Timeline FX and batch node (video: 1:50 min.)
What’s new in Autodesk Flame 2022.1
What’s new in Autodesk Flame 2022
A smarter, forward-thinking Flame provides you with new camera matchmove tracking, augmented by machine learning technology. Flame’s integrated finishing toolset also sees significant updates with a new creative LUT Loader and the ability to drive Flame’s color grading and effects environment from a tactile colorist control panel. In response to the shift to remote work, you can also now share full-screen, high-quality video, enabled by Network Device Interface (NDI®) video preview streaming.
Camera Analysis Node – Motion Matchmove Solver:
Flame’s new Camera Analysis tool provides you with remarkable, automatic camera solves and 3D geometry output. This new, next-generation camera tracker uses cutting-edge scene reconstruction algorithms similar to autonomous vehicle smart ‘vision’ and reality capture point cloud reconstruction. Combining Structure from Motion (SfM) and visual simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) techniques, this new node produces thousands of accurately tracked points, enabling high-quality results in minutes.
With machine learning, it discards moving ‘bad data’ like humans, vehicles, and sky regions that would otherwise have to be manually removed from a standard scene-based solve.
This toolset allows you to place 3D objects in a moving shot and apply masking for compositing, selective effects, or color grading. Macros for re-projection also allow you to quickly place cleaned-up ‘patches’ or new elements into a scene.
Tangent Colourist Control Panel Support
Flame gets expanded Tangent colorist control panel support for Tangent Hub’s Arc, Element, Wave 2, Ripple, and Element-Vs devices, allowing you to color grade entirely from a tactile control panel. In addition, purchase Tangent colorist control panels, and iOS and Android apps separately from tangentwave.co.uk.
Colour Management LUT Loader Matchbox
A new shader, ColourMgmt, lets you import an external file-based Lookup Table (LUT) or Colour Transform directly inside Action and Image nodes in Flame, and Flare. You can then apply the ‘look’ over the entirety or a part of a picture via a Selective, through a traditional or ML-based key and GMask isolation.
Loading previously made, standard Lookup Table (LUT) or Colour Transforms from a wide variety of file formats (.3dl .cube .ctf .ccc) allows for instant creative manipulation of all or part of a picture. Imported LUT files can also be applied in a user-prescribed working color space.
Blackmagic RAW Support – Camera Raw Media
You can now import Blackmagic Design RAW media in Flame, Flare, Flame Assist, and Lustre. Its default tagged color space is set to BMD Film / WideGamut Gen5. There is also a scene-linear BMD WideGamut Gen5 CS available in Cameras/BlackmagicDesign.
NDI® – Software Video Preview
In an ongoing effort to provide remote work solutions, you can now offer a high-quality viewing experience to multiple remote viewers with Network Device Interface (NDI®). NDI® video preview streaming support enables you to multicast full-screen video across an IP computer network in Flame, Flare, and Flame Assist.
NDI® is compatible with webcasting software like OBS Studio, Skype, Zoom, Ecamm Live, or cloud-based services like SetStream. Using these 3rd party tools, stream Flame video preview to public streaming services like YouTube Live, Facebook, Periscope, and Twitch.
Autodesk added a slew of creative finishing improvements based on community feedback, including a streamlined Linux install and configuration experience. In addition, they’ve made many Gmask legacy features available in the GMask Tracer. Not only that, they added a larger curves view in MasterGrade. Finally, an update to Python 3 is required for integrating Flame into a modern pipeline.
A fully compatible creative assistant station for Flame in collaborative VFX workflows.
*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.
Flame 2022.2 Update
13 October 2021
HDR Advanced Hue Curves
Hue curves allow you to quickly manipulate specific colors in a shot, without the need for keying. Changing the color of clothing for continuity, making a grey sky blue, and turning green leaves orange, are all common tasks that need to be done quickly, while preserving the fidelity of imagery. Flame’s MasterGrade toolset now gets an expanded set of eight (8) new Hue modifiers and additional curve manipulation nodes: H vs H, H vs Sat, H vs L, Hue, Sat vs Sat, Lum vs Sat, Sat vs Lum, and Lum vs Lum.
Curves are available anywhere MasterGrade appears, such as in Batch as a standalone Matchbox node, or as part of the Selective in Image/Effects workflows. The MasterGrade curves operate in floating-point precision and are tailored to all 3 classes of color spaces – Video, Log, and Sc Linear – with ballistics automatically adjusted, based on color tagging and/or user selection. MasterGrade curves, as well as Primaries, can be controlled by external tactile control panels, such as the Tangent Arc and Tangent Element panels.
Conform Even Faster
You can now enjoy an Auto Link Matches function to save a step when conforming edits. If a definitive match is found, the media immediately links, letting users move right along to multiple match scenario selection and re-browsing for more locations to link to. Plus, the speed of scanning media is optimized, specifically when indexing MXF files.
Video Preview Enhacements
This update adds 12G SDI video output (4K UHD on a single cable) support for both Blackmagic Design video preview cards, such as Ultra Studio and Deck Link, as well AJA T-TAP® Pro support, a small form factor 12G-SDI & HDMI 2.0 ThunderboltTM preview card.
Autodesk Flame 2022.1
Camera Analysis Manual Track and Motion Vectors Quality
Do a manual 3D track from Camera Analysis to lock on the points you need, and set the quality of the motion vectors to fine-tune the speed of the analysis.
Motion Vectors Improvements
Improved performances for tools using Motion Vectors maps, and now Motion Vectors clips can be cached.
Improved Blackmagic Design RAW Support
Import .braw files with a linear gamma curve, fixed 12K CPU decoding issue, DaVinci Intermediate Wide Gamut colour space.
Cache, Keyframe, & Expressions Indicators
Coloured dots clearly shows nodes have keyframes, expressions, or cached frames with coloured dots.
More Info in the Preview Panel
The MediaHub Preview panel display more info about a clip resolution, colour space, and the SDK used to decode it.
You can now export clips as QuickTime H.264 10-bit movie files.
Tangent Hub UpdateFul
Support for Tangent Hub 18.104.22.168.
Select the RGB and matte channels to use, display in OutMatte in the Player, and easily find the batch group that rendered a clip.
Import Blackmagic RAW (.braw) files. Also, improved Sony Venice support, new SonyRAW Sharpness, and more.
NDI as Remote Broadcast Monitor
Flame, Flame Assist, and Flare now support the NDI protocol developed by NewTek.
Flame Family products now use Python 3.7, you can now encode exports with FFmpeg, access the new Python console. Plus Python API updates.
Project Management Improvements
You now create your media storage volume from within the application instead of using Flame Setup.
Colour Management Matchbox Node
Use the new Colour Mgmt matchbox to import a Colour Transform directly in Action or Image.
Add control points to the Curves with a colour picker, enable or disable a menu with new LED buttons.
Tangent Panels Improvements
Improved interactions between Tangent panels and Timeline FX, GMask, Selectives nodes, MasterGrade, and Views.
Improved Z-Depth map, Selective improvements, and customizable the default layout, and more…
Improved schematic layout, customizable default layout, and more…
GMask Tracer Improvements
Hide the default camera from the schematic, and various improvements.
New Softness options, simpler methods to add and delete Softness points, new keyframe option, and more.
Better Timeline FX alpha caching, and Copy Effects keyboard shortcut.
Effects Environment Improvements
Default settings make Effects more sequence-centric, shot-to-shot navigation improves, set default TimelineFX, and Use Back and Use Matte options.
Search Widget Improvements
Quickly add Timeline FX and transitions in the Conform, Timeline, and Effects environments, or easily access the Flame Learning Channel.
RGBA Timeline FX export, ColorSync compatibility, and automatic DPX Colour Metadata.
AVIO—Deprecating _free timings: The legacy _free timings are no longer available in Project Management, Flame Setup application, and the init.cfg configuration file. They were removed since the HiRes monitor is no longer locked. Genlock is still acquired when required.
Batch—Duplicate clip stays in reel: The clip created by duplicating a clip node in the Batch Schematic is now placed in the same Schematic Reel as the original clip..
Batch—Displaying Matchbox names: The name of the Matchbox shader is shown inside the node in the Batch and Modular Keyer schematic views..
Batch—Maximize the channels: The maximum number of channels in the Render and Write File nodes increses to 100.
Compare—Hide the split bar: You can now hide the Split bar with the Show Split Bar button available in the Player’s Viewing Settings panel or with the Edit Compare Modes. It is also possible to use the Compare: Toggle Split Bar Visibility shortcuts on the keyboard or Tangent panels to do so. The keyboard shortcut is assigned to Ctrl+Pause (CentOS) / Ctrl + F15 (macOS) in all user profiles.
Conform—Create Batch Group on Source Sequence: The Create Batch Group function is now available when the Source Sequence is displayed.
Media Panel—Media options on Search: The Media submenu is now available on the Search Entries section.
Player—Stop playback with a key: You can now stop a playback with the Enter (Flame profile) keyboard shortcut.
Scopes—Widgets in a row or column: You can now display, in a Viewport, scopes in a single row or a single column; Scopes Settings > Presets > Layout > Spatial Layout.
Curves—Easier to add control points.: You no longer have to click exactly on a curve to add a control point: you can be slightly offset. This applies all curve editors, including animation channels.
Curves—Move control points while in Add mode: You can now move a control point while in the Add Points mode. This applies all curve editors, including animation channels.
Timeline and Effect—Copy Effect: The Copy Effect shortcut copies the Timeline FX currently selected in the Timeline and Effects environments. To use this shortcut, assign it a keyboard combination in the Flame menu > Keyboard Shortcuts Editor.
Autodesk Flame 2021.1
For details on all the new features and enhancements in this release, follow these links:
Backburner 2021 is automatically installed when you install any Flame Family product. If you’re in an environment running Backburner Manager on a dedicated workstation, install Backburner 2021 on that workstation to benefit from the latest fixes.
You can download the Backburner 2021 standalone installer from Autodesk online store. Search for Backburner.
Autodesk Network License Manager
Flame Family 2021.1 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 softwares version 2018 and up.
Semantic Keyer for Human Body Extraction: New single-click keyer makes it easy to isolate human bodies and faces for color grading, light FX treatments, and compositing.
Use the Human Body and Human Head semantic keyers in an Image node in the Effects tab for a fast, iterative Color Grading and light FX treatments on many shots. Or use them for compositing in a full procedural Batch.
Enhanced Still Grab/Compare Workflow: Unlimited storage of reference stills in a new and improved compare tool.
GPU Accelerated Media Pre-Processing: Significantly improved Playback performance when importing media files with Resizing and Color Management options.
More Blackmagic Support: Flame, Flame Assist, and Flare now support Blackmagic Design UltraStudio and DeckLink SDI & HDMI Preview cards on CentOS.
Support for macOS 10.15.1 (Catalina)
Flame Family 2020.2 Update products available on macOS are now certified for macOS 10.15.1.
Support for macOS 10.15.1 comes with the following limitations:
Wiretap Central and Backburner Web Monitor do not work on macOS 10.15.1 and cannot be installed. Future versions of macOS are not expected to support Wiretap Central or Backburner Web Monitor.
The AutodeskMediaStorage default location changes in macOS 10.15.1. See the following section, Autodesk Media Storage Location Changes, for details.
Important: macOS 10.15.0 (the initial macOS release from October 2019) does not work with Flame Family products.
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.
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:
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.
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