Friday, 6 July, 2012
Smoke for everyone
About a week ago, as promised, Autodesk put out, for download a trial version of their newest version of Smoke called Smoke for Mac 2013
For this who want to try it out, it can be downloaded here...
If you're a Smoke editor with years of experience, and you rush there and download it, be prepared for a shock. The entire interface has been changed. Working methods are different. There's right-click nearly everywhere.
And if you're not a Smoke editor but a FCP or Avid editor, then too be prepared for a shock. Particularly if you've tried to learn Smoke many times and given up because the interface wasn't something you could clearly understand.
Smoke 2013 is the first attempt by Autodesk to make Smoke easy to use. And make it similar to Avid and FCP. Hopefully, it will drive many editors to try and use it.
To help master the interface, Autodesk has videos up at their Smoke YouTube learning site...
Here in India this Smoke will be available as a product from about September. But, if you're in a hurry and can work with the limitations in the trial software, you can get a complete Smoke system for about Rs 7 lakhs. And that's with HD/2k capable storage of 10 TB and full dual link 4:4:4 HD video in and out.