Autodesk Incinerator Shipping

Autodesk today started shipping its Incinerator add-on for Lustre 2.7.

The Incinerator system uses computing cluster technology to provide real-time capabilities for complex primary and secondary colour correction, as well as real-time visual effects processing at high-definition and 2K resolutions and accelerated 4K processing.

It only works with the Linux version of Lustre at the moment…

Read on for the full press release.

Autodesk Ships Incinerator 1.0 System: Accelerates Digital Colour Grading of Feature Films and Commercials

7 February 2005 — Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) today announced the shipping of a new product, Autodesk Incinerator 1.0, which increases the real-time performance and interactivity of Autodesk’s Discreet Lustre digital colour grading system. The Discreet Lustre system has been used to realise “look and feel” ideas for numerous feature films, including King Kong, Oliver Twist and Alexander, as well as television commercials for Ford Mustang, Best Buy and Target.

Post-production facility Shortcut (Denmark) has already used the Autodesk Incinerator and Discreet Lustre systems on five feature films:
• A Soap: A Danish-Swedish tragicomic love story produced by Nimbus Film, that has been selected for the Competition Programme of the 56th Berlin International Film Festival
• Den rette Ånd: A Danish comedy produced by M&M Productions
• Johnny Was: An Irish, UK and Danish comedy co-production with Irish political tones
• Lotto: A Danish comedy produced by Nordisk Film Production
• Tempelriddernes Skat: A Danish family adventure produced by M&M Productions
Shortcut’s digital film workflow also includes Autodesk’s Discreet Flame visual effects systems and Autodesk 3ds Max animation software.

Ivan Schmidt, technical director at Shortcut, said, “The combination of Autodesk Incinerator and Discreet Lustre systems has given us a whole new level of interactivity. We often have live sessions with cinematographers, during which we digitally explore a film’s colours, textures and lighting. Using the Incinerator and Discreet Lustre systems together, we’re able to wrap up the sessions faster, often coming out with finalised footage that truly captures the director’s and cinematographer’s vision.”

Schmidt added: “We were having a hard time finding a solution that could match our stringent requirements for sophisticated colour grading and real-time interaction. When we saw Incinerator with Discreet Lustre, we immediately knew that it was the system to fit our needs. This combination is far more powerful than any other digital colour grading solution on the market.”

The Incinerator system uses computing cluster technology to provide real-time capabilities for complex primary and secondary colour correction, as well as real-time visual effects processing at high-definition and 2K resolutions and accelerated 4K processing. Primary colour correction involves altering the entire image, while secondary colour correction isolates and alters part of an image, such as the colour of a car or the hue of a sky.

The Incinerator system is a modular solution that can be shared by multiple Discreet Lustre systems in a networked workgroup environment, thereby providing post-production facilities with a more efficient way of allocating resources within their production workflows. The Incinerator system is compatible with the newly released Linux-based Discreet Lustre 2.7 digital colour grading system. It is not compatible with older versions of the Discreet Lustre system. For additional information on the Autodesk Incinerator and Discreet Lustre systems, please visit www.autodesk.com/lustre.

Posted: February 7th, 2006
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