AutoDesk Smoke :: Feature Length RED Workflow

Jan 25, 2013

I am investigating best practice workflows for a feature length project shot on 2 Red Epic cameras and editing was done in Final Cut. I need to grade and finish the movie along with many other finishing requests like screen replacements, set clean up involving tracking and many other common DI requests and fixes. I use Resolve for most Grading but since there are so many FX shots that need work I was contemplating keeping everything in Smoke so I can make adjustments to the grade and FX in context of the whole edit.

Is this advisable for a 90 + min edit with Red footage? It might be doable but is it feasible meaning would performance be very sluggish? I have a 2009 Mac Pro, 24 GB RAM, 8TB RAID, RedRocket and Quadro 4000 card.

Would I be best off having the editor break the movie up into 10 - 12 minute sequences and then import each XML as its own sequence into one Smoke project?

If I import the Red footage at half res, because of performance, I am only using half of the info in the file. I have a RedRocket so should I import full res 4K to get maximum quality? Then let Smoke do a resize to 2K which is the final deliverable format? I figured that might be best for doing resizes and for sharpness.

If I work with proxies would all of my tracking and paint work be valid when I switch back to the 4K version for final render?

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AutoDesk Smoke :: AAF Workflow With MP4 Files

Aug 18, 2011

I'm working on a feature film and I have a question about relinking AAF to mp4 material.First let me explain the steps I took:

-source material mp4 files from camera
-transcoded to .mov files so we could use it in Avid
-export AAF from Avid.

-imported all the source clips (mp4 files) with the gateway into Smoke
-imported the AAF file
-put the AAF file in same reel as mp4 files.
-choose Tools/Unlink/Relink and enabled 'Use Clip Name' and Use Timecode.

The problem now is that all the clips are getting linked by timecode only.I discovered that it's because the clips used in avid are .mov files that I want to relink to the mp4 files.

Is there a workflow to substitute the .mov for mp4 in Smoke somehow?I hope there is because now I have to do a lot of manual work (and there is not enough time for)

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AutoDesk Smoke :: Best Export Workflow For DCI - DCP Conversion

Nov 5, 2013

I have finished a project for broadcasting. Now it is going to be used for cinema use as well.
How should i go about it? Export a normal ProRes4444 and that is it? Or how could i (and should i) flip it into XYZ colourspace before exporting?
I want to deliver the material that gives the least risk of error during the image conversion.

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AutoDesk Smoke :: Noise Reduction In Workflow

Jun 2, 2013

I have a question about applying noise reduction. Where in the pipeline should noise reduction take place? Should it happen before color correction or should it be applied after?

And what should drive such a decision on a per shot basis?

I figured you do not do this pre-comp, due to the fact that noise reduction has the effect of removing detail quite often and may effect edges.

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AutoDesk Smoke :: Workflow For Creating A Morph Between Two Clips?

Dec 22, 2012

As we don't have the warper module. Is there a workflow for creating a morph between two clips?

MacBook Pro Retina
2.7GHz Intel Core i7

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AutoDesk Smoke :: Add Handle Length To Edit?

Feb 4, 2013

I am trying to figure out how to add handle length to an edit...

so here is my detailed workflow: Footage Alexa Prores -> converted via Davinci (with LUTs) to MXF -> offline edit in avid... export as AAF (link to media)

conform in smoke (with original prores files) ... all good, BUT I want to add 12 frames handles to every shot and export the sequence as DPX for grading in davinci

I need the handles due to possible reedit on different music afterwards.... Which step i can add the handles (conform in smoke? export in smoke?)

after grading I have to go back to smoke for compositing and hope there is somehow also a automatic way of telling smoke to conform the graded DPX back to the original edit

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AutoDesk Smoke :: Change Length Of Action Setup?

Dec 20, 2012

What is the short key to change the duration of an Action node inside CFX, so that I have more tails once I get back to Timeline?

Smoke 2013 Ext1
17" Mac Book Pro
OS X 10.8.5

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AutoDesk Smoke :: Composting / Paint Feature Set

Jul 5, 2012

In terms of feature sets, it seems like a few more things are needed to make this a full-fledged compositor... (so one doesn't have to leverage AE/Nuke/etc.).

In particular:
- 3d projector
- 3d tracker
- scene to point cloud (or even automated 2d to 3d conversion??)
- particle system

These things seem to be standard elsewhere... For us, it seems sort of crucial to add that. We think that not having to round trip is a really great edge of Smoke, and the integration between CFX and the time-line is very well done! However, then there's so many things missing compared to other packages. And those are the type of features that can really create more complex scenes and really speed up the work.

Also check out the new context-aware patch/move/paste tools in Photoshop. That would be a great addition to the paint module. CS6 has a timeline now and offers a lot more in terms of paint. Esp. if one can apply context moves to the entire motion sequence with auto-paint (that's something where PS CS6 still lags).

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AutoDesk Smoke :: Load Text Feature Not Working

Jul 22, 2012

Is the load text "feature" not working in pre2? What Im trying to achieve:

Toolbar (the new tab) -> text/input: none -> Load -> roll down menu to "text file" -> roll down menu to "UTF-8" -> click the text file i've created using TextEdit = nothing happens.

Have i missed something very obvious or is it broken?

In TextEdit i choose to make the text "plain" so i can save it as a UTF-8 but during the load of the textfile smoke "tells me" "Cannot open"

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AutoDesk Smoke :: Feature - Info - Full Screen Mode

Jul 23, 2012

To hide the top menu bar and use the application in full screen, you must specify this setting in the Smoke Setup utility, which is found in the Smoke 2013 folder. In the Smoke Setup utility, under the General tab, set the Menu Bar option to no. When you hide the top menu bar, certain options, exclusive to the top menu bar appear at the bottom right of the screen. You must restart Smoke after making the change for it to take effect.

why but it feels to much more like a real application again! Hadnt realised just how much I disliked menu bars until now.Now how do I create some color bars?

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VideoStudio :: Burning DVD - One MPEG2 Feature Length Movie

Jan 13, 2013

I'm creating a DVD with just one MPEG2 feature length movie. I've selected the movie and done all the technical burn settings.

What I want is for the DVD to begin with a screen that has the options to 'Play Movie' which plays the whole thing or 'Chapters' which then goes to a chapters menu. Obviously they have to be able to get back to the option to play the whole movie.

I've separated the movie into the chapters by doing Add/Edit Chapter and clicked Next.

Am I right that Add Title Menu creates the first screen, and the Add Chapters Menu then creates the Chapters Menu? How do you have the Play Movie option - or is that just achieved by playing the first chapter (ie does it carry on with the whole movie?) With each chapter, does it proceed to play the whole of the rest of the movie after that chapter?

Also, the first chapter has a black screen thumbnail. How can I change the look (but not the actual starting point) of that chapter?

What does 'close the disc' mean? Does closing it give better copyright protection on the movie being taken off the DVD?

Finally, how do I save all these chapters and settings so I can just a burn the DVD quickly next time without creating chapters etc? (I am creating a Disk file, but can I save it as a Project?).

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Calculation On Length Of Folding Feature

Nov 19, 2011

I would like to know what calculation on the length of a folding feature is performed by Inventor when one folds it. Read my example to better understand my question.

I am trying to fold a part of my sheet 90 degrees, I am going to call the folding part sheet B and the rest of the sheet, sheet A. Now, understand that when I fold sheet B 90 degrees, its face will no longer be parallel to sheet A, but the face of its thickness will. Consider this, now: when I fold the sheet B, there will be an inner part of the folding (which will have the faces of both sheet sections 90 degrees from each other) and the outer part (which will have an angle of 270 degrees between them).

I want the distance between the thickness face and the outer face of sheet A to be X in length. Which is the intial length of sheet B for this to happen? Consider using the BendRadius, Thickness, and other Inventor Sheet Metal parameters that will participate in the equation.

The question surged because I wanted such distance to be 5 in a part with a Thickness setting of 0.5 (as well as BendRadius), but because of this folding length calculation, I had to make sheet B 5.631 in length.

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AutoDesk Smoke :: Smoke And AJA Dual Stream Stereoscopic Output

Aug 29, 2013

I know that the AJA Kona 3 card has 2 outputs.  Can Smoke send one eye to one channel and the other eye to the other of the Kona 3 card?  Dual Stream output is what I am really getting at.

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AutoDesk Smoke :: Smoke And Sub-blacks / Super-whites

Feb 26, 2013

Is there any way that Smoke can see/output sub-blacks and super whites? Can't find any way of seeing them on my scope, Smoke just clamps everything. It won't even see anything below zero in order for me to make a correction on it, everything seems to be clamped on import. I'm using ProRes HQ footage.

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AutoDesk Smoke :: Best Plugin To Do Spline Warps In Smoke

Jan 16, 2014

What is the best plugin to do spline warps in smoke?(need something like the distort in flame) I notice revisionfx don't make a warper for smoke on mac. 

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AutoDesk Smoke :: Importing And Using Alpha Channels In Autodesk

Oct 2, 2012

I am experimenting with Smoke 2013 pre-trial and I am having issues with importing images and video with alpha channels.

1. If I have a layered Photoshop file or png with an alpha channel (a still frame lower third), I see that I can import it as a multi layered clip, but what is the best way to have it in the sequence to show up properly?

2. If I have a QuickTime in animation format or Pro Res4444 format with an embedded alpha, how can I import that file to show and cut it on a top layer to animate above my video?

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AutoDesk Smoke :: Can Smoke Support OFX Architecture

Oct 18, 2012

Can Smoke support the OFX architecture?

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AutoDesk Smoke :: Selections In Smoke As In Combustion?

Jul 10, 2012

Does Smoke have selection functionality similar to that of Combustion? As an example, you might want to selectively blur part of an image. In Combustion, you would draw a selection and then apply an operator above the selection to achieve this. I don't see a similar selection tool function in Smoke, but I imagine you could achieve the same effect by duplicating a layer and using a Gmask via the Wipe timeline FX.does Smoke not have a selection tool similar to Combustion?

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AutoDesk Smoke :: Importing TWs To Smoke

Jan 10, 2014

Whats the dealing with importing TWs to Smoke? I have a show that's 70% keyframed with timewarps and need a way other then baking the effect to bring it into Smoke. It's comming from FCP7 and we have Automatic Duck but neither the XMLs or AAF bring anything other then the first speed of the clip. Any way to retain the keyframes?

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AutoCad :: Printing Layered PDFs / Which Autodesk Version Initially Had This Feature

Jun 18, 2012

I am running AutoCAD 2009 and am trying to print a layered PDF. I am not sure how to do it. BUT I downloaded AutoCAD 2013 and it can do the job just fine (under the Output tab). Which AutoCAD version did layered PDFs debut? Is there a way to do it in AutoCAD 2009?

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AutoDesk Smoke :: Run Flame Over VPN

Oct 27, 2013

Is it possible to run Flame or Smoke over a VPN? I mean, is it possible to get a license over VPN?

Smoke 2013 Ext1
17" Mac Book Pro
OS X 10.8.5

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AutoDesk Smoke :: Takes All The Available RAM

Aug 5, 2012

I tried Smoke 2013 PR2 on my MacBook Air 11".

It uses all the available RAM that is 4GB.

Same experience with Smoke 2012 on my MacBook pro 13"".

Is that normal?

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AutoDesk Smoke :: EXR Look Different On Import

Nov 14, 2011

I have RED footage which I exported as EXR. When I import them back in, they look exactly like the RED footage. But when I import the EXR in Fusion, export it back out, and then import that EXR into Smoke, it looks brighter, although I didn't change anything in Fusion. (when I compare the EXR from Smoke and the EXR from fusion in my finder on my desktop, they look exactly the same). So what is Smoke doing with the "foreign" exr on import?I was also playing with the LUT settings. I get a result which is close, but I need to be exact.

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AutoDesk Smoke :: Where To Set Context

Jun 27, 2012

Where do you set context in batch in the 2013 prerelease?

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AutoDesk Smoke :: Exporting XML From FCP

Oct 29, 2012

When I export a XML from FCP 7 all of my files come over and link but there is no video with my HDV files (1440 x 1080) all of my other files (Canon FX etc) come over fine.

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AutoDesk Smoke :: HD To SD Down-conversion?

Jun 4, 2011

What is the best way to downconvert 5D HD to SD?

I converted the h.264 files to uncompressed 10bit. Bringing in the footage and XML was fine, but as soon as I resize to PAL (the timeline was changed to PAL, as was the output on the AJA) the picture starts anti aliasing in detail areas. I have processed this with every filter in Smoke with no satisfactory result.

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AutoDesk Smoke :: How To Import XML

Jul 7, 2013

I am having issues for a long time regarding importing XML into smoke 2013. Will try and explain you in breif.
First When we try an import XML into smoke it just doesnt do anything, in the message history box it comes up saying FOUND 0 SOURCES.
Nothing gets imported at all. No footage is imported, nothing is shown in timeline as well.
Second For a different project when the XML does get imported, the videos get imported but then again nothing is coming up in the timeline and in the message history box we get the following error.
XML Validation Failed.

Cannot process unliked media.
we have checked all the import options to make this work, including max up level and the rest but nothing is working.

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AutoDesk Smoke :: Better Interactivity In CFX?

Aug 16, 2013

I must have changed a setting because today my interactivity in CFX has taken a hit, specifically when making Axis moves. The move doesnt register until after I have made a change in the Axis field.
I know there is a setting for this but cannot remember. Am not having the same issue grabbing Axis in viewer.

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AutoDesk Smoke :: How To Conform XML From FCP 7

Jun 7, 2012

I'm currently trying to conform an XML from FCP 7 into Smoke 2012 (Linux). The issue I have is that the files I want to conform with are MFX, however the files used in the FCP timeline are PRORES, therefore have a '.mov' extension. This means the Smoke is not seeing the MXF files due to the extension & the only way around it I have found, is to edit all of the '.mov' extensions to '.mxf' extensions in the actual XML. This works well, but is a complete nightmare, particularly as I'll have to do this for 13 half hour episodes!!!!

I have tried all the different combinations of Filename, Timecode, Tape, etc, but none work due to other metadata issues from the filming of the footage to it being delivered to our edit suites!!!!

Any way of making the Smoke ignore the file extension?

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AutoDesk Smoke :: Deleting Fx History

Nov 22, 2012

Can i remove the fx history ? for example i render a cfx clip. then i want to keep the render only and disconnect the relationship with its 'cfx history' . And is there any practical benefit of it ? You maybe will ask me : 'why do you wanna do it?' , my answer is " i don't know man, it just came across my mind .

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AutoDesk Smoke :: Getting Depth Of Field

Apr 27, 2011

Getting a depth of field result in Smoke 2012. A tutorial on this would be really beneficial for a new comer like me.

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