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v2021.1 Autodesk Flame

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Autodesk Flame
  

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

Flame® 3D VFX and finishing software 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.

Flame overview (video: 3:25 min.)

Discover a unique way to isolate and modify common objects

Generate a 3D normal map from face detection to use for color adjustment, relighting, and digital cosmetic and beauty work. Use selective render options to refine the result in combination with the selective that is generated by the normal map.

Machine learning normal maps (video: 1:41 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 Flame 2021

Flame® 2021 software includes a GPU-accelerated defocus effect, more ways to segment the human face using machine learning, and enhancements to the Image/Effects toolset.

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 provide 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.

Learn more

Matchbox API

Flame, Flame Assist, Flare

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

Learn more

Action: Projection tracking

Flame, Flare

Turn a projection into a UV set for the geometry.

Learn more

Pybox

FLAME, FLARE, FLAME ASSIST

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

Learn more

Connected Conform smart merge

FLAME, FLAME ASSIST

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

Learn more

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.

Learn more

Python API

FLAME, FLARE, FLAME ASSIST

Drive the Batch environment via scriptable commands.

Learn more

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.

Learn more

GMask Tracer

Flame, Flare

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

Learn more

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.

Learn more

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.

Learn more


 LinuxMac
OSCentOS 7.4: download custom Autodesk CentOS 7.4 ISO, MD5
or
CentOS 7.6: download custom Autodesk CentOS 7.6 ISO , MD5 .
High Sierra 10.13.x,
Mojave 10.14.x
Catalina 10.15.1+
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.

MacOS 10.15.0 Catalina is not supported with Flame Family products. See details
GPUNVIDIA M6000 or newer.Minimum 4 GB VRAM
CPUIntel 64 multi-core processor Intel 64 multi-core processor
Audio cardALSA or Pulse compatibleInternal Core audio
DKUversion 15.0.0 download: tar, md5
RAM64 GB 16GB
Other1920 x 1200 display with 60hz refresh rate
US keyboard
Mouse

Flame 2021 - Linux workstation requirements

Current certified Linux workstations

HP Z8 G4System Requirements
Linux CentOS 7.4 or 7.6
  • Flagship HP Desktop Workstation
  • Dual GPU Compatible*

  • Maximum performance and flexibility

Dell Precision 7920 Tower System Requirements
Linux CentOS 7.4 or 7.6
  • Flagship HP Desktop Workstation
  • Dual GPU Compatible*

  • Maximum performance and flexibility
Dell Precision 7920 RackSystem Requirements
Linux CentOS 7.4 or 7.6
  • Flagship HP Desktop Workstation
  • Dual GPU Compatible*

  • Maximum performance and flexibility

Legacy certified Linux workstations

HP Z840System requirements
Setup Guide
Linux CentOS 7.4 or 7.6
Dual GPU Compatible*
HP Z440System requirements
Linux CentOS 7.4 or 7.6
  • Entry level HP Desktop Workstation
  • Autodesk Lustre unsupported

*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.

MacPro (Early 2020)System requirements3.3Ghz 12 core
or
3.2Ghz 16 core

Radeon Pro Vega II
Background reactor not supported
MacBookPro 16" (Late 2019)System requirements2.3 Ghz 8 core i9
Radeon Pro 5500M
Background reactor not supported
iMacPro (Late 2017)System requirements3.0 Ghz 10 core
Radeon Pro Vega 64
Background reactor not supported
MacPro (Late 2013)System requirements3.2 Ghz 12 core
AMD Firepro D700
Background reactor not supported
iMac Retina 5K (mid 2017)System requirementsBackground reactor not supported

Linux Workstations self-qualified by vendor

All components included in system requirements have been qualified against Autodesk's certified workstations by the vendor.
Dell T7910For more information, visit Dell.com or contact your local Dell vendor.
Linux CentOS 7.4
  • Flagship Dell Desktop Workstation
  • Autodesk Lustre supported
Lenovo P910 & P920For more information, visit Lenovo.com or contact your local Lenovo vendor.
Linux CentOS 7.4
  • Flagship Dell Desktop Workstation
  • Autodesk Lustre supported
Boxx Apexx W5For more information, visit BOXX.com or contact your local BOXX vendor.
Linux CentOS 7.4
  • High-End Boxx Desktop Workstation
  • Autodesk Lustre supported
Ciara Titan 2204-G4
Ciara Kronos 840-G4
For more information, visit Ciara website or contact your local Ciara vendor.
Linux CentOS 7.4
  • Autodesk Lustre supported

Autodesk Flame 2021.1

For details on all the new features and enhancements in this release, follow these links:

Support for macOS 10.15.1 (Catalina)

Flame Family 2021.1 products available on macOS are 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 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.

Support for CentOS 7.6

The Flame Family 2021.1 products support CentOS 7.6 (in addition to CentOS 7.4) on all certified platforms listed on the system requirements page.

Note the following:

  • CentOS 7.6 must be installed using the Autodesk custom .iso.
  • CentOS 7.6 is only supported by Flame Family versions starting with 2020.3.

    We recommend that you install CentOS 7.6 on a different system drive or partition if you need to maintain previous software versions.

  • You can now upgrade from CentOS 7.2 or CentOS 7.4 to the newer CentOS 7.6 using the CentOS Upgrade script. For more information, see Upgrade Linux.

New DKU (CentOS Only)

Download the Linux CentOS DKU v15.1.0 from the System Requirements page.

Flame Family 2021.1 version requires the installation of DKU version 15.1.0 on all CentOS workstations.

DKU 15.1.0 contains the following:

  • Firefox update (version 68.8)

DKU 15.0 (included in 15.1..0)

    • AJA Driver version 15.5
    • Nvidia driver version 440.44
    • Updated OpenSSL
    • CentOS Upgrade script
Note: The DKU no longer installs deprecated 32-bit rpms, TeamViewer, or Adobe Flash Player.

The DKU installs in /opt/Autodesk/DKU.

For more details regarding installation of the DKU, see Install the DKU.

If you need access to the Backburner Manager web monitor, install Adobe Flash Player. Follow these instructions.

AVIO Configuration Support

AJA and Blackmagic Design hardware are available on macOS and CentOS.

AJA Support

Flame Family 2021.1 supports version 15.5 of the AJA drivers.

  • CentOS: Installing the DKU 15 automatically installs the AJA 15.5 drivers.
  • macOS: Download the AJA Software Installer v15.5 – Mac from the AJA website.
    Note: This version installs new firmware on IO 4K and IO 4K Plus cards. This firmware is not compatible with previous version of the AJA Software Installer.

Blackmagic Design Support

Flame Family 2021.1 supports version 11.5 of the Blackmagic Design Desktop Video application.

The following cards are certified:

  • UltraStudio 4K Extreme (using PCI Express Cable Kit)
  • DeckLink 4K Extreme
Note: Other UltraStudio and DeckLink cards should work but are not certified. Thunderbolt cards are not supported.

For installation instructions, see the Configuration guide.

For supported timings, see Broadcast Monitor Supported Timings.

Remote Audio Monitoring

On CentOS, you can now use PulseAudio when using Flame, Flare, and Flame Assist in a remote configuration. Using PulseAudio allows you to get audio playback over your remote session.

For more details, see Remote Audio Monitoring.

Backburner

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.

See the following links for more information:

For details about the license model in Flame Family products, see Products and licenses.

Deprecated Hardware and Software

The following is a list of software and hardware no longer supported by the 2021 and 2021.1 releases of Flame Family products.

  • Central Install is no longer supported on macOS. (Note: Central Install is still available on CentOS.)
  • CentOS 7.2 is no longer supported (Flame Family products will not install on CentOS 7.2).
  • The following hardware components are all at least four years old, and manufacturer warranty and driver compatibility limit our ability to support them: they are no longer tested on or certified.
    • HP Z820
    • Nvidia K6000
    • AJA Kona 3G

It is no longer possible to install the application on workstations equipped with older graphics card, including the previously supported Nvidia cards from the Q family.

Full list of bug fixes

 

Autodesk Flame 2020.2

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.

Looking for the Release Notes for Flame Family 2020.2 Update? Click here: Flame Family 2020.2 Update Release Notes.

Autodesk Flame 2020.1

The biggest new features are:
  • Remove clouds by brightening, clamping, and adjusting, add treatments to sky backgrounds, or key in Batch / BFX for compositing, with the new Semantic keyer Sky analysis.
  • Or use a Motion Vector render pass (AOV) in CG rendering to isolate moving objects in a mostly stationary scene, and apply post-processing effects such as Motion Blur in compositing and finishing.
  • In the Effects environment, create custom Layouts by setting viewports, storyboard reel, media panel…
  • Segment Groups are a new way of filtering what shots you want to focus on, to make comparisons and adjustments in the immediate context.
  • Also, access the GitHub repository for community-created scripts, use Kona 5 & IO 4k plus – 6G / 12G output, or export .IMF via easyDCP.
  • Flame feedback-based improvements include Action Compass and Bypass improvements.

Additional information:

  • Many new feature videos (as well as other workflow videos) are available on the Flame Learning Channel. This channel is updated frequently, make sure to subscribe.

    Links to videos are denoted by this icon: 

  • In this What’s New topic,  indicates a new feature or enhancement that was suggested and voted up by Flame Family users on the Feedback portal (also accessible directly from Product menu > Help).
  • Make sure to check out Flame Central, the hub for all your Flame family links.
  • Looking for the Release Notes for Flame Family 2020.1 Update? Click here: Flame Family 2020.1 Update Release Notes.

See full release notes at Autodesk

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

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