Autodesk Flame® software packs a powerful punch – enabling 3D compositing, visual effects and editorial finishing to easily fit into your creative workflow. This intuitive environment guarantees that you’ll get amazing results quickly!
Deliver commercials, TV episodes, and films with AI-powered, pixel-perfect visual effects
Enhance every project with a robust, integrated color grading and finishing toolset
Build complex 3D scenes with an intuitive, node-based compositing system
Why use Flame?
Create stunning visual effects
Realize your creative vision with a comprehensive 2D and 3D toolset.
Deliver content faster
Access an industry-leading integrated toolset for quick finishing workflows.
Collaborate more efficiently
Take Flame everywhere with on-premises and cloud solutions for improved collaboration.
What you can do with Flame?
Work at the speed of 2D compositing—with 3D VFX
Flame enables you to exceed client demands faster, whether it’s bringing a massive CG monster to the streets of NYC or adding digital makeup to the world’s next big music star.
View “My Universe” music video from Coldplay X BTS, made with Flame.
Discover unique ways to isolate and modify objects
Extract mattes of the human body, head, and face with AI-powered tools for color adjustment, relighting, and beauty work. Isolate skies and salient objects quickly for grading and VFX jobs.
View how machine learning tools work (video: 3:41 min.)
Create in a simple, task-based environment
Edit, composite, and color correct in one environment, without toggling between software.
View Maestro Dobel commercial composited in Flame (video: 6 sec)
Key features of Flame 2024
Accelerate your post-production workflow with cutting-edge 3D compositing, VFX, and editorial finishing tools right at your fingertips.
3D compositing toolset
Combine the interactive speed of traditional 2D compositing and powerful 3D visual effects in Action
Machine learning image segmentation
Easily isolate skies, human bodies, heads, face features, or other objects using AI-powered keyers
Timeline editing tools
Insert, cut, and apply effects to video and audio files
Next-generation camera tracking
Generate camera data, a point cloud, and a Z-Depth map to easily position objects in a scene
MasterGrade creative color tool
Blaze through colorwork with an HDR-ready and float-point-capable color tool
Integrated finishing core toolset
Color grade in an integrated environment that connects to colorist control panels
The Explorer grade bin
Store grabbed references and Timeline FX setups in a dedicated grade bin and reference comparison area
NDI video preview streaming
Stream audio and video across a network for more productive client sessions
Dolby Vision HDR content tools
Create HDR content with Dolby Vision technology for an enhanced viewing experience
Node Bins improvements, save Paste Special presets, and Metadata Overlay in Batch.
Keyboard Shortcut Editor
The redesigned Editor makes it easier to create and edit keyboard shortcuts.
Display the Metadata Overlay in Batch, burn it on Export, and more improvements.
Improved cropping, clearer UI, and more.
Timeline & Timeline FX
Timeline and Timeline FX quality of life improvements.
QuickTime and ProRes improvements, and Export Metadata Overlays.
Updated Rocky Linux 8.7 AMI for a Flame Family deployment on AWS.
Driver updates for Blackmagic Design Desktop Video and for AJA, and support for AJA VPIP.
Backburner 2024.1 is part of Flame Family 2024.1 Update.
Configuration and OS
Newly qualified hardware from HP, Dell, and NVIDIA.
Conform Sony XAVC spanned clips, and Opacity from Adobe Premiere AAF.
DKU 18.1 (Linux only)
The new DKU 18.1 includes new NVIDIA drivers and an HFS+ issue fix.
Updates for monochrome ARRIRAW content, OpenEXR 3.1.7, SonyRAW XAVC spanned clips, and SonyRAW Color Management.
Tangent Panels Support
Tangent Hub 1.8.5 is now supported by Flame Family products.
Burn-in Metadata easier font formatting: You now format a font to bold and italic directly from Burn-In Metadata, and no longer have to load a bold or italic version of the font. You can also underline characters.
HDR Workflow: You’re no longer allowed to add a Transition or Timeline FX to the HDR or PQ tracks of a sequence.
Modular Keyer: You can now access the Auto Matte and Posterize nodes from the Modular Keyer.
Modular Keyer: You can now add a Blur node to a Matte Blend node.
OpenFX: The plug-in’s OfxImageEffectPluginPropOverlayInteractV2 is now used when available. OfxImageEffectPluginPropOverlayInteractV1 should be deprecated in a future release.
Python API: <PyWriteFileNode>.metadata_overlay controls if a Write File node burns a Metadata Overlay on the media, and <PyWriteFileNode>.metadata_overlay_context sets the Metadata Overlay to output.
Python Hooks: The app_exit python hook is renamed app_exited. To keep your scripts working, you must update those using app_exit to use app_exited instead.
Resolutions List: Z-CAM cameras resolutions are now available from all Resolutions list menus.
Service Monitor reports: Two new diagnostic reports are now available. Multicast Route helps you troubleshoot networking issues between multiple Flame Family products on the same network. Nvidia Check provides the status of the NVIDIA driver, and is also part of the Full Diagnostic report.
ShotGrid authentication: Signing in ShotGrid from Flame Family is now done using the Web Authentication window.
Viewport and Player zoom: The minimum zoom factor of a Player or Viewport is now 1%.
Start Frame Improvements
Define VFX shot Start Frame, and enjoy easier collaboration and workflows with artists no matter the tools used on a project.
The new Metadata Overlay displays clip information in the Player, and more improvements.
Batch Paint Node
Redesigned UI, more robust behaviour, and integrated tracker.
Copy-paste more metadata between nodes, Multi-Channel and Write File Nodes Improvements, and Start Frame display change.
New layers and updated layers provide more information than ever to the Burn-In Metadata tool, Timeline FX, and Batch node. These options are also available to the new Metadata Overlay.
New Rocky Linux 8.7 AMI for a Flame Family deployment on AWS.
Access the Start Frame for a clip or node or change its value, and set the Smart Replace option.
Configuration and OS
Apple silicone-native, Rocky Linux 8.7, Sparks deprecation and more.
AVIO updates Blackmagic Design Desktop Video 12.4.1 and AJA 16.2.3.
ARRIRAW updated to 7.1.1, SonyRAW updated to 4.1, new Start Frame in file sequences and more.
Sony SStP and the EasyDCP plug-in are no longer supported, Open Clips now display the Shot Name, and Sequence Publish presets update.
Persisted Preview, segment colours, and filtered segments.
HDR Workflow Updates
Dolby Vision SIDK 4.2 and Dolby Laboratories certification.
Tangent Panels Support
Tangent Hub 1.7.9 is now supported by Flame Family products.
Backburner 2024.0.0.8 runs natively on Apple silicon.
DKU 18 (Linux only)
The new DKU 18 includes new NVIDIA drivers and fixes.
Archive segments display for selected items: When working with archive with many segments, in the Archive menu the option > Update Selection Information displays the segments required to restore the selected content. See Restoring Material from a File-based Archive.
FilmLight’s BLG For Flame on Apple silicon and Rocky Linux 8: BLG for Flame Family build 5.3.17453 has been validated with version 2024. This version is mandatory for macOS 13.x configurations. Download macOS and Linux builds from FilmLight.
MediaHub Media Format column (List View): The Media Format column now shows the format of the content displayed in MediaHub. This addition provides more information than the File Format, especially in the context of MXF files which might be from various content formats. As an example, ARRIRAW and ARRIMXF are both seen as MXF files but are from two distinct media formats. This column is also available in Media Panel (List View).
Service Monitor: The Diagnostic section now displays improved error messaging when Wiretap client network interface does not have multicast enabled.
ShotGrid Desktop is now supported on Rocky Linux 8.x: For details, see the ShotGrid forums.
Updated Substance engine: The Substance engine has been updated to the latest version (8.6.5) which runs on Vulkan. Some textures and settings might produce slightly different results when compared to previous releases. But you should see some performance gains, especially on macOS.
Updated keyboard shortcut—Colour Source: Create Colour Source changes from F10 to Alt+O. Create Colour Source (Repeat) changes from Ctrl+F10 to Ctrl+Alt+O.
Updated keyboard shortcut—Black Source: Create Black Source changes from F11 to unassigned. Create Black Source (Repeat) changes from Ctl+F11 to unassigned.
Updated keyboard shortcut—Background Tasks: Display Background Tasks changes from F11 to Ctrl+Alt+F11.
Updated keyboard shortcut—Set Audio Context: Set Audio Context changes from F10+click to unassigned.
Channels in a multi-channel clip are now easier to access and manage.
Edit Box in Animation Editor and other improvements.
Improvements in Batch, including searching for Nodes in the Schematic.
Directory python_utilities now contains samples and scripts, more control over custom actions in contextual menus, directories as arguments, changes to flame.batch.create_group(), and now functions and attributes.
2023.2 More Features
Action & GMask Tracer
Improvements to the Output tables, better Duplicate under cursor and reframe on animation channels.
AJA 16.2.2, Blackmagic Design Desktop Video 12.4, and NDI 5.5.
Installation and Configuration
Supported platforms and OS, required Autodesk Network License Manager, improvements to macOS collaboration resiliency, and Sparks deprecation for the next major release.
DKU version 17.2 is available to Flame Family 2023.2.
Codec updates: BMD RAW 2.6, FBX 2020.3.2, RED SDK 8.3.1, and ARRIRAW SDK 7.
Frame aspect ratio: The rounding of a frame aspect ratio set to w:h changes in this update: for example, a value such as 1.34 is no longer rounded to 1.33. Clips restored from a project archive made using an older version than Flame 2016 may get a different aspect ratio. This can be corrected by setting the DL_BOUNDS_FAR_EPSILON environment variable to 0.01 before restoring the archive.
Preferences: The Support tab is no longer available in the Preferences. To provide the log files to the Autodesk support team, use the script /opt/Autodesk/<version>/bin/ftpuploadlogs.py .
Project Management: When you create a project, the Volume creation settings are now displayed in a window.
Timeline: A dialog box now appears when no segment matches the criteria set in the Timeline Search window.
Viewport layout: There are now two 4-Up viewport layouts available in the viewing area: 4-Up Split and 4-Up.
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 22.214.171.124.
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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