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NAB 2014

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Create stunning movies and television content with Autodesk visual effects (VFX) software

Workflow for film and television editing and visual effects


Tell more compelling stories with Autodesk software. From production-quality meshes and automatic character rigging to live action mixing and 3D animation, visual effects software from Autodesk helps you bring your ideas to life more quickly and easily.
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  • Storyboards, character design

    Create production-quality meshes with animation-ready topology from scanned, imported, or sculpted data with Autodesk® Mudbox® software.

    Explore and present new ideas for characters, props, and environments using a hybrid paint and vector toolset.

  • Previsualization

    Take a more innovative approach to shot planning with the 3D Editorial toolset in Autodesk® Maya® software.

    Quickly lay out shots using motion capture data.

  • Motion capture cleanup

    Quickly make changes to dense motion capture data with cleanup, filtering, blending, and editing features.

  • Model

    Create convincing, high-quality characters, props, and environments for your film and television productions with Autodesk modeling solutions.

  • UVs

    Quickly produce higher quality UV maps on complex models with Autodesk visual effects software.

  • Shaders, textures

    Paint intricate textures across multiple high-resolution maps and exchange multilayer files with Adobe® Photoshop® using the 3D Paint toolset in Mudbox.

    Build complex shaders more easily with Slate node-based material editor.

    Develop the look you need for your models with artist-friendly shading and texturing toolsets.

  • Skinning, rigging

    Speed your character setup process with automatic character rigging.

    Create realistic characters with tools for smooth skinning and interactive volume binding in Maya.

    Create advanced rigging elements and drive the movement and behaviors of characters with flexible tools in Autodesk® Softimage® software.

    Wire one-way and two-way relationships between controllers for a customized keying animation method.

  • Matte paintings

    Enjoy more creative freedom with Autodesk® SketchBook® Designer software, which gives you the ability to use both pen and mouse.

    Create matte paintings through the use of perspective matching, camera mapping, and render layer management.

  • Camera extraction

    Experience 2D film and 3D animation using Autodesk® MatchMover™ software to accurately place 3D objects into a video or film sequence.

    Count on accurate results, even when mixing 2D and 3D elements, with the ability to create a single composite in Autodesk® Flame® Premium software.

  • 3D data transfer

    Exchange digital assets with studios that use different tools than your own with Autodesk® FBX® asset exchange technology.


  • Animation

    Produce better animation in less time by adding the Autodesk® MotionBuilder® real-time animation software to Maya, Autodesk® 3ds Max®, and Softimage software.

    Develop convincing character animation with accelerated skinning workflow, and nondestructive live retargeting.

    Create compelling content faster with enhanced modeling, animation, physics, and selection tools.

    Create more realistic animations using built-in character rigs in CAT and Character Studio that are compatible with a range of motion-capture file formats.

  • Simulation

    Create realistic simulations that interact more believably with characters and environments using an extensive range of toolsets for simulation.

  • Lighting

    Quickly set up advanced photorealistic lighting and custom shaders.

    Easily create global illumination and then bake into texture maps, vertex maps, or point clouds with the Turtle plug-in for Maya.

  • Rendering

    Create higher-fidelity previews in less time with the Quicksilver hardware renderer in 3ds Max.

    Simplify your workflow with the ability to work in a unified mental ray® Standalone software executable.

  • Pre-comp

    Enhance rendered passes and incorporate them into live action footage with Autodesk® Composite, a fully featured, high-performance, high dynamic range (HDR)-capable compositor.

  • Composite

    Create advanced graphics, color grade, or perform high-speed 2D and 3D compositing.

    Expand layer-based timeline effects with a single click into a customizable, schematic view.

    Maintain total control over lighting in your project.

  • Finishing, conform

    Quickly create multilayer timelines that can be shared between VFX, editorial, and grading using conform and versioning tools.

    Import projects from Apple® Final Cut Pro® X via XML and access multilayer timelines and media using AAF.

  • Editing

    Quickly move between organizing clips, source/record editing, color matching, and visual effects.

    Make changes and updates more easily with rendered results that are automatically fed back into your timeline.

  • Grade

    Create stylized looks, shape color and lighting, and establish narrative tone using color grading tools.

    Create looks, match shots, or grade entire projects with color correction tools in your timeline.

All products for film and television

3ds Max Entertainment Creation Suite visual effects software

3ds Max Entertainment Creation Suite (Std/Pre)
Production tools that include 3ds Max.

3ds Max
3D modeling, animation, effects, rendering, and compositing software.

Autodesk Maya 3D animation, modeling, visual effects, rendering, and compositing solution for film, games, and television

Tools for 3D modeling, animation, effects rendering, and compositing.

Autodesk Mudbox 3D digital sculpting and texture painting software

3D digital sculpting and texture painting software.

Autodesk Softimage 3D character animation and visual effects software

3D character animation and visual effects software.

Entertainment Creation Suite Ultimate
Portfolio includes Maya and 3ds Max.

Autodesk FBX platform-independent 3D data interchange technology

Asset exchange technology for higher-fidelity data exchange.

mental ray Standalone ray-trace 3D rendering software

mental ray Standalone
High-volume 3D rendering software.

Autodesk SketchBook Designer illustration software

SketchBook Pro 2015
Intuitive digital painting and sketching tool for concept design.

Maya Entertainment Creation Suite (Std/Pre)
Production tools that include Maya.

Autodesk Flame software for 3D visual effects, design, and finishing in television and film post production

Flame Premium
Visual effects software with tools for integrating ultrarealistic lighting.

Autodesk MotionBuilder real-time 3D character animation software

3D character animation and virtual production software.

Autodesk Smoke finishing effects software

Professional video editing and effects software for Mac® computers.

Industry trends and topics

Virtual production captures the difficult shots

Capture otherwise impossible camera shots with virtual cinematography, for greater production flexibility. VFX software from Autodesk helps you tell your story in a whole new way.
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Previsualization helps save time and budget

Communicate, plan shots up front, and stay within budget with the help of Autodesk VFX software for previsualization.
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What customers are saying

Products they used

Atomic Fiction

Small, nimble VFX shop plays in a competitive market by using Autodesk® Entertainment Creation Suite, being as efficient as possible and by looking at the business differently.

Makuta Effects

A visual effects studio brought an animated fly to life with software from Autodesk. The team used Autodesk® 3ds Max® and Autodesk® Maya® software to model, render, and tweak the characters, for emotive, visually stunning results.

Mikros Image

A VFX studio created an award-winning commercial with Autodesk software. To stay on deadline, the team collaborated via Autodesk® Maya®-based pipelines and used Maya nCloth to help create realistic effects for skin and fur.

Digital Dimension

This visual effects studio creates award-winning film, television, and games cinematics. To stay on time and on budget, Digital Dimension used Autodesk Entertainment Creation Suites to access the right tool for the task at hand.