The key with Flare is Flexibility. Flare makes your investment in Flame more valuable by giving Flame owners new ways to deploy Flame's great tool set. Flare can work Side by Side with a Flame on the same project OR it can be used Stand Alone to take on more jobs and increase the capacity of your facility. Flare works with a Floating License so you can move it around to different machines and you can even run Flare on on a Laptop so you can essentially bring Flame's powerful tools with you On-Set to a shoot!
Wow! NAB 2010 is still like a blur to me, a 3D Blur with lots of samples! The new version of Flame V2011 is amazing, it's clearly the best release ever. Jammed packed with new features like Pixel Shaders, Substance Textures and new Workflows like 3D Stereoscopy....
Launching a new product can keep you busy, especially when it means getting in front of the Mac community! The response has been amazing to the introduction of Smoke on the Mac. Whether it be Final Cut Pro or After Effects User Groups, or the infamous FCP SuperMeets, you can't believe the enthusiasm I've received for my demos of Smoke on the Mac OSX platform.
Flame was designed from the ground up to provide artists unmatched Speed and Interactivity. This next technique really highlights the advantages of working with a fast 3D software. Like a digital electrician, in Flame you can "wire up" nodes in the Action schematic to create very interesting relationships and perhaps unexpected behaviors between layers and objects.
Flame is the perfect software for creating "Day of Air" Broadcast Graphics. Promos, Bumpers, Lower 3rds, complete Broadcast Design Packages are made everyday around the world using Flame. I learned this next technique from a Broadcast Designer who spent a few years working for Autodesk as a Demo Artist in APAC, Barnaby Bretton.
Creative collaboration between 2D and 3D is the core of Finishing in CG Post. But what if you don't have access to a 3D department? This next technique allows Flame Artists to create their own Z-Depth Channel in Action and then utilize this information in the infamous "Depth-O-Gram" within the 3D Blur tool in Batch.
Have you ever wanted to work with a shot but the hand held camera movement was too distracting? This next technique will help you take any camera movement and smooth it out so that you can focus on the subject not the camera.
Flame has the most extensive set of both creative and technical tools, but what amazes me is not just the individual tools but the techniques that Flame Artists invent to solve complex compositing challenges. I learned this technique from Paul Rosckes in Chicago when we were going over new features and he asked me a simple question, "Did you ever wonder why there is a Camera node in the GMask Schematic View?"
As a 3D compositor, Flame has hidden functionality that might not be obvious. For example, you might not have realized you could apply textures (reflections, wraps, etc.) to just about anything – including a flat image. This video explains this powerful functionality within Flame’s Action module.