Autodesk Entertainment Creation Suite Ultimate 2013
8 January 2013
Excerpt: Hot on the trail of 2012, Autodesk has released its latest updates with the Entertainment Creation Suite Ultimate 2013. I know, an upgrade every year seems crazy but the demands for amazing visual effects and more capabilities have the engineers coming up with refinements, as well as new features,...
Pros: Interoperability; nHair; ATOM; Animation Store
Excerpt: Okay, gang, hold on to your hats! Autodesk has released the new version of the Entertainment Creation Suite 2012 for Maya. This new release not only has killer upgrades to Maya but Autodesk has also made some long overdue improvements to Mudbox and MotionBuilder, as well as the addition of Softimage...
Pros: Interoperability between programs; editable motion trails
Excerpt: The 2010 version of the formidable Softimage modelling and animation suite – formerly Softimage|XSI – runs faster, thanks to the updated engine, Gigacore III. The new version takes full advantage of multiprocessor systems, which hugely boosts the handling of large, complex scenes with many...
Pros: Faster performance; improved interface, ICE system and interoperability; Face Robot toolkit; new mental ray.
Cons: Face Robot restricted to suitable head models and requires careful setup; relatively expensive; Multi-core system required; limited upgrades.
Excerpt: Stitcher is a multi-image alignment, stitching and rendering tool for creating wide-angle, fully circular or even fully spherical seamless panoramas from multiple originals taken with standard cameras using either standard lenses or ultra-wide-angle fisheyes.
Pros: Comprehensively featured, easy-touse panorama stitching tool with efficient workflow for QuickTime VR, movie, web and print output.
Cons: Now under Autodesk ownership, this version adds only a few genuinely new features over the RealViz-developed version 5.7; pricey.
Excerpt: Motion graphics and compositing veteran Combustion has been idling in the Autodesk back room, but is now back for 2008, with some workflow improvements and the addition of the Colour Warper tool, derived from the Flame visual effects system.
Pros: Colour Warper with advanced colour correction; selective masking and strong import/export functions; enhanced schematic view; Intel Mac and Vista support; workflow enhancements.
Cons: Limited range of new features; no Linux support; some bugs.
Conclusion: Combustion 2008 is by no means a bad product, and will provide new users with a great compositing tool. However, aside from the very effective Colour Warper, users of version 4 have been given little impetus to upgrade from their stable workhorse.
Pros: Colour Warper with advanced colour correction; selective masking and strong import/export functions; enhanced schematic view; Intel Mac and Vista support; workflow enhancements
Cons: Limited range of new features; no Linux support; some bugs