Professional Video Editing Just Got Better -- Autodesk Smoke 2013 Out

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Endorsed by 25,000 Facebook fans, six industry awards and thousands of new users through the trial download and active forum communities, Autodesk, Inc., announced that the new Autodesk Smoke 2013, professional video editing software is now shipping.

"The anticipation for Smoke, since its thrilling announcement at the National Association of Broadcasters convention in Vegas in April, has continued to build throughout the community of creative professionals. As a leader in high-end effects and 3D, Autodesk is committed to making that technology increasingly available to a new generation, and the new Smoke is case in point. The Smoke team has fielded thousands of inquiries and product recommendations in the process of developing Smoke 2013. I'm so excited to announce it's here," said Mark Strassman, Autodesk Media & Entertainment vice president strategy and marketing.

The new Smoke offers editing and effects within a single, efficient timeline-based workflow, a sleek user interface and runs on a wide variety of Apple MacBook Pro and Apple iMac computers. New features which grew directly out of user recommendations include: ability to drag and drop a clip from the source player into the timeline; ability to expand/collapse the timeline FX pipeline area; and redesign and streamlining of the UI and interface elements to speed up workflows.

Key Features

* New Smoke User Interface (UI) - An intuitive all-in-one creative workflow that combines track-based editorial, industry-standard editing conventions and proven Autodesk creative tools

* ConnectFX - Powerful node-based compositing inside the timeline allows high-end effects and advanced compositing without leaving the editorial environment

* Creative Tools - A robust toolset with proven high-end finishing tools, Action for true 3D compositing, the Colour Warper for professional grading and color matching, the Master Keyer for one-click chroma keying and stereoscopic 3D editing and effects

* Flexible System Requirements - Runs on most Apple iMac and MacBook Pro systems using high-bandwidth Thunderbolt storage and IO bringing true high-end editing and effects to flexible desktop and mobile workflows

Autodesk revamped Smoke to address a growing niche for editors who need to do more than just edit. …