Toxik comes to Linux

Autodesk’s collaborative compositing system, Toxik, has made its way to Linux. Pricing is at around $10,000 per seat.
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6 December 2005 — At the Digital Media Festival in Sydney, Australia, Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) today launched Autodesk Toxik visual effects software running on the Linux operating system. Toxik software enables teams of digital artists to collaboratively realise feature film visual effects ideas, and is already available on the Windows operating system. With the introduction of Toxik software running on Linux, film studios and post-production facilities have more options for the back-end infrastructure and administration of their digital film pipelines.

“The number of digital artists collaborating on a film can range from less than 10 to more than 100. Autodesk Toxik software facilitates collaboration within these workgroups,” said Marc Petit, vice president of product development and operations for Autodesk’s Media & Entertainment Division. “Linux is now a prevalent operating system for feature film pipelines. It simplifies the management of large, computerised workgroups and meets the storage and networking requirements for massive, high-quality images.”

The Linux operating system has gained popularity amongst film studios and post-production facilities in Australia, Europe and North America. Australia’s largest post-production company, The Omnilab Group, beta tested Toxik software running on Linux through an installation at The Lab Sydney.

Ian Johnson, general manager of The Omnilab Group’s The Lab Sydney, said, “I can see Toxik becoming a major force in the film industry; the Linux-based version reinforces this because it provides a robust, open architecture that expands our future options. We’re moving our render farm to Linux, so Toxik software running Linux would easily fit in. The software is built with the complexity of film file formats in mind and its collaborative workflow design is revolutionary.” A render farm is a computer cluster used to speed the delivery of computer-generated imagery, typically for film and television visual effects, in its finished form.

Availability and Pricing
Autodesk anticipates that the Toxik software running on Linux will be available this winter. Toxik software running on the Windows operating system is currently available. Suggested pricing in Europe, the Middle East and Africa for each Toxik creative seat with supporting collaboration infrastructure is $9,900 USD, £6,085 or EUR 9,010. For further information visit www.discreet.com/products or contact Autodesk’s Media & Entertainment Division

Posted: December 6th, 2005
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