Autodesk ships Flame 2023.3 | CG Channel

Initially posted on 14 April 2022. Scroll down for information of the Flame 2023.3 update.

Autodesk has launched Flame 2023, the newest model of its compositing, finishing and effects software, updating the UI to enhance workflow on HDR displays, and redesigning the Animation Channel Editor.

Flame can now even be deployed within the cloud through Amazon’s AWS platform.

The opposite merchandise within the Flame household – the 2 cut-down editions of Flame, Flame Assist and Flare, and color grading instrument Lustre – have additionally been up to date.

Flame household merchandise now formally supported within the cloud
The headline change within the Flame 2023 releases is that your complete household of merchandise, excluding Lustre, can now be deployed in the cloud as an alternative choice to on-premises {hardware}.

The software program has been examined on Amazon’s AWS cloud platform, however the online FAQs counsel that it might even be potential to deploy Flame merchandise on different cloud platforms.


New HDR mode for the UI, and a redesigned Animation Channel Editor
The replace doesn’t add new toolsets to the software program itself, with the largest adjustments being UI updates.

The design style of the UI has been refreshed, with the “venerable Discreet font” getting a extra fashionable alternative; and the UI can now be switched to HDR mode, to make it simpler to make use of on HDR displays.

The Animation Channel Editor has been overhauled, introducing extra commonplace naming for particular person views – ‘Channels’ turns into ‘Curves’ and ‘Tracks’ turns into ‘Dope Sheet’ – and a list of workflow improvements.

Particularly, when working with animation curves, the entire canvas framing choices are grouped underneath a single button, and the filtering system has been “fully overhauled”.

All channel operators can now be utilized from a contextual menu, making them out there from viewports.

Assist for Apple Silicon Macs through Rosetta, and for Rocky Linux
As well as, the Flame merchandise at the moment are supported on new Apple Silicon Macs, albeit through the Rosetta 2 emulator slightly than through native Apple Silicon help.

Autodesk additionally now helps Rocky Linux as a alternative for the now-discontinued CentOS.

Different adjustments embody a transfer from Python 3.7 to three.9, and updated support for BMD, RED and Sony RAW.

You will discover a full record of up to date and discontinued options – archiving to tape is now deprecated – through the hyperlinks on the foot of the story.


Up to date 14 July 2022: Autodesk has launched Flame 2023.1.

The discharge additional updates the Animation Channel Editor, with adjustments together with new keyframe indicators and higher keyframe choice and filtering, as proven within the video above.

There are additionally updates to mission administration, storage preferences and the Python API.


Up to date 30 October 2022: Autodesk has launched Flame 2023.2.

It’s largely a usability replace, with workflow enhancements together with a brand new Edit Box for scaling keyframes within the Animation Editor and the choice to seek for nodes within the Schematic.

Workflow with multi-channel clips, like EXRs, has additionally been streamlined, as proven within the video above.


Up to date 8 December 2022: Autodesk has launched Flame 2023.3.

The replace provides one new characteristic when deploying Flame within the cloud: help for AWS Cloud Digital Interface (AWS CDI), AWS’s community expertise for streaming uncompressed video with low latency.

Maybe extra considerably, Autodesk has introduced the platforms that will be deprecated within the subsequent main launch of the software program, presumably Flame 2024.0.

For Mac customers, the oldest model of macOS supported will turn into macOS 11.0; for Linux customers, CentOS 7.6 might be deprecated in favour of Rocky Linux 8.5.

As well as, the previous Sparks API for Flame plugins will be deprecated in favour of OFX, which Autodesk started supporting within the Flame 2020 releases.

Initiatives that embody Sparks plugins will nonetheless load in future variations of Flame, nevertheless it received’t be potential to edit any of the plugin parameters.

Nonetheless, it ought to solely be a problem for artists with ‘previous favorite’ plugins which might be not in lively growth: so far as we’re conscious, most main Flame plugin builders have already switched to OFX.

Pricing and availability
Flame 2023.3 is offered for CentOS 7.6 or Rocky Linux 8.5 and macOS 10.15+ on a rental-only foundation. Since Flame 2022, the price of subscriptions has risen to $580/month, up $30/month, or $4,635/12 months, up $220/12 months.

Flare 2023 and Flame Help 2023 are additionally out there for CentOS 7.6 or Rocky Linux 8.5 and macOS 10.15+. Single-user subscriptions now price $2,470/12 months.

Lustre 2023 is just out there on CentOS 7.6 or Rocky Linux 8.5. A single-user subscription prices $4,635/12 months.

Read a full list of new features in Flame 2023.0 to 2023.3 in the online documentation

Read Autodesk’s FAQs about running the Flame family of products in the cloud

Read Autodesk’s FAQs about the deprecation of Sparks plugins for Flame

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