Autodesk Unveils Flame 2021 With Dolby Workflows

The latest release expands AI capabilities and introduces Dolby Vision HDR authoring. Flame, Flare and Flame Assist 2021 software are available free to Flame Family 2020 subscribers.

For compositing, grading, and cosmetic beauty work in particular, the AI-based face segmentation tool in Flame 2021 automates all tracking and identifies and isolates facial features, including nose, eyes, mouth, laugh lines, and cheekbones, for further manipulation. Face matching algorithms are also capable of specialized tasks, including specific mole or scar isolation, through custom layout workflows.

This builds on Flame’s existing AI feature set, with built-in ML analysis algorithms to isolate and modify common objects in moving footage, dramatically accelerating VFX and compositing workflows.

Autodesk explains that the new HDR Dolby Vision implementation enables XML metadata import/export for collaborative workflows. It also adds Dolby analysis trim and target display viewing within Flame; and introduces eCMU, iCMU and HDMI metadata ‘tunneling’ for viewing HDR content via SDR monitors and Dolby enabled TVs.

Additionally, Flame’s multilayer edit timeline now includes a HDR track to keep Dolby Vision metadata in sync, make last-minute edit changes, finalize transitions, and integrate graphics.

A new GPU-accelerated Defocus Effect makes it easier to add depth of field to shots and can be used in Batch as a standalone Matchbox node or in Image Selective in combination with a generated AOV Depth map.

A ‘Save and Recall’ function enables artists to save and recall color grading and VFX work in the new Explorer, a dedicated “grade bin” and reference comparison area to support artist workflows.

A new video preview mode shares artist viewports, including storyboard, manager, and schematic, to SDI or HDMI preview monitors. In broadcast mode, Gmasks can now be observed in the view area during editing along with any other tools you directly manipulate.

“Flame allows artists to create at the speed of thought - whether iterating quickly for client reviews, adding finishing touches to shots, or creating beautiful content that meets modern streaming standards,” said Will Harris, Flame Family product line manager. “This latest release continues to build on powerful VFX and finishing workflows in Flame with new features that support the latest HDR standards and integrate even more uses of AI to accelerate the creative process.”

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