Autodesk Smoke for Final Cut Pro Users - PART 1- Conforming an Apple ProRes timeline and Performing Colour Correction

Posted by Ultimate_Smoker*, 22 July 2011 1:00 am

Hi Everyone

Last week I mentioned I was working on a new video series of videos showcasing Smoke for Final Cut Pro 7 users. So if you are a Final Cut Pro guy or know someone who is interested in looking at and understanding Autodesk Smoke, than this is for you.

Conforming an Apple ProRes timeline and Performing Colour Correction

The first video in the ten part series looks at how a Final Cut Pro 7 user can bring their timeline into Autodesk Smoke with minimal fuss and begin the process of finishing. We also take a close look at grading and colour correction to tweak your images to perfection.

During this video series, I am joined by Rick Young, director, producer, Final Cut Pro Editor and author. (

PLEASE NOTE: This video series is intended as an overview of Autodesk Smoke. For step by step instruction, please visit

Check it out.

This video is best viewed at Full Screen HD

The features shown are current to Autodesk Smoke 2012 and Final Cut Pro 7

If you have trouble viewing the video on the Autodesk Area, you can view it on my YouTube Channel - CREATIVEFINISHING

In the next video we will be taking a closer look at the keying and masking tools in Autodesk Smoke and seeing what they can offer Final Cut Pro users.

CLICK HERE TO GO TO PART 2 - Keying & Garbage Masking

Please keep the feedback and blog requests coming in as I am taking note of everything.

Please take care where ever you are.

Signing off for now.




Posted 22 July 2011 1:05 pm

Hi herrera, The current version of Smoke 2012 is not certified to run on OS X Lion. Smoke 2012 for Mac is certified to run on OS X Snow Leopard only.



Posted 29 July 2011 4:13 pm

Hi, the triptych viewer is displayed through the interface only. A way to work with it in the broadcast monitor is based on which view you click in the triptych viewer. So you can fast click between viewer 1, 2 and 3 and easily see the different points in the timeline easily. Regards Grant


Posted 5 August 2011 12:25 pm

Hi Kay,

a few questions regarding the FCP side. What kind of edits did you have in FCP? Edits with masterclips, subclips, mixed/merged clips. Did you encounter any problems with xml exports on timeramped footage in FCP? How does it handle transformed/cropped clips?

Wuld like to hear soon from you,




Posted 5 August 2011 12:29 pm

Hi scrimski... As far as I was aware, the media was imported into FCP and just edited into the timeline. There were no nested sequences. Timewarps usually come across but when dealing with ramped timewarps, they might be slightly out because Autodesk Smoke interprets frame speed slightly different to FCP. In dealling with clips that are transformed or cropped, Smoke will translate those correctly and even the animation comes accross. Hope this helps. Regards Grant.

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