combustionDigital Content Producer By S. D. Katz New features, enhanced effects for compositing tool. Combustion 4 is the latest upgrade to the Autodesk's popular compositing program, one that is increasingly influenced by the company's hardware-based systems, Flame and Inferno. This is a good thing because Combustion fits in comfortably as a backroom graphics option at facilities based around what are probably the most successful high-end compositing tools in the industry. Combustion has also gained traction in the pure desktop market, partially because of its RPF integration with 3ds Max. A little background first. There are two ways to represent processes in a compositing program: layer view and schematic view, also called a process tree or node-based view. After Effects uses layers, while Combustion, Shake, and Nuke use nodes. Combustion's schematic view is elegant and exposes the flow of data in a complex shot. Combustion calls the effects applied to the data Operators. Proponents of layers or schematic-style layouts are not given to moderation in their likes and dislikes. For them, it's a matter of habit and preference. In the end, this is not a quality issue — it's all about workflow. read more...

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