Change the way you approach editing effects with a powerful node-based compositing environment accessible directly from the timeline.
With ConnectFX, editors have a customizable palette of visual effects tools for simple transformations, advanced 3D compositing, and plug-in type effects. Move quickly from the timeline to ConnectFX using any segment, adjustment layer, or group of segments, and Smoke will build a node graph representing effects that have already been started in the timeline.
With source timeline view in ConnectFX, editors can now see source clips as a timeline within ConnectFX. This capability makes it possible to adjust the order of segments using trimming and editing controls, add transitions, and apply additional timeline FX to segments without leaving the ConnectFX environment.
Improved context viewing enables editors to define up to 10 context views while working in ConnectFX, allowing for faster navigation of complex schematics. Assign views through contextual menus, directly in the ConnectFX UI, or from keyboard hotkeys.
With the on-demand proxy workflow, generate proxies on a clip-by-clip basis, so it’s easier to maintain performance when working on complex projects that include select high-resolution media. In a complex composite, you can choose to create proxies on scrub, which can significantly increase interactivity on heavy ConnectFX composites.
Go beyond 2D layer-based effects with Action, a true 3D compositing environment within the video editing timeline. Action brings together keying, tracking, transformation, deformation, lighting, and shading tools in an interactive 3D workspace.
New Render layers enable editors to easily perform multiple passes of a composite simultaneously. Available output passes from Action now are Comp, Matte, Z-Depth, Shadow, and Ambient Occlusion.
In Action live preview, you can now always view composites at render resolution, so you can see a more accurate preview of rendered results and enjoy improved overall performance.
Now available as a timeline effect, editors can:
Analyze source footage to reproduce original camera movement and realistically composite elements into your shots.
With the new 3D tracker, you can better composite elements into a scene respecting real-world position, motion, and scale relative to the objects in a video sequence. A generated point cloud that references locations in 3D space makes it possible to snap an object into a specific location within a shot.
Access, build, and apply custom shaders and transitions using the powerful Matchbox GLSL shader creation tool, now available as a Timeline FX.
Apply a variety of third-party plug-in effects to your projects—from blurs and distortions, to lighting and transitions.
Import 3D geometry and create dynamic 3D titles with bevels, textures, and per-character animation controls.
With support for the FBX asset exchange and Alembic open interchange formats, Smoke can integrate true 3D geometry directly into composites.
Apply LUTS, color transforms, and color space conversions to timeline segments or groups of segments in the timeline using the LUT Editor.
Available directly in the timeline, you can create consistent looks across multiple clips more easily:
Improvements to color management make working across color spaces easier to handle and require less manual work to assure consistency. When importing media, new color management rules enable editors to assign color space information to source media based on filename structure or by media format extension. In both import and compositing workflows, Smoke can now automatically convert clips to a scene-linear working space.
Visually review clips in the Media Panel to assess shots and judge takes.
Resize and scrub media as a thumbnail within the Media Panel to visually review clips. Use the fullscreen Media Panel to view entire collections of media and take better advantage of the dual view to organize media within Projects or Libraries.
Timeline FX brings new effects tools, enhanced rendering performance, and the ability to reorder effects without leaving the video editing timeline.
With the redesigned Timeline FX feature set:
Tell your story more easily with dynamic trimming tools that adjust timing and timeline navigation. Make precise timing decisions visually with Trim View.
Work quickly with increased interactivity, easier navigation of large media folders, and improved performance when working with 3D scenes.
Performance improvements include:
A flexible UI is optimized for fast navigation in media, editing, and import workflows.
Tabbed navigation makes it easier to move between media management, timeline editing, and conforming tasks. Manage and customize your projects with specialized configuration templates based on industry-standard resolutions, frame rates, and bit depths.
Customize your keyboard shortcuts in Smoke or use the industry-standard keyboard shortcut layout based on Apple Final Cut Pro to navigate video editing timelines quickly.
Work quickly with native media files without needing to convert to an intermediate format. Smoke 2017 offers enhanced format support for Drastic Media Reactor, Pixspan, RED SDK 6.1, and ARRI SDK 5.1.
Smoke is compatible with:
Accelerate your effects workflow with support for the new Apple Mac Pro and Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks), and take full advantage of the power of Smoke.
An enhanced XML workflow with Apple Final Cut Pro X makes it easier to move between editing and effects.
Improved XML support offers more accurate translation of speed changes, timeline effects, and improved interoperability when moving projects from Final Cut Pro X to Smoke. Smoke sequences can now be exported to an XML format with an accompanying QuickTime media file that can be imported by Final Cut Pro X and DaVinci Resolve.
Take advantage of more flexible hardware configurations with the addition of support for video I/O using Blackmagic Design cards and devices.
MediaHub offers a flexible and intuitive way to manage the media in your project—from conform to edit to effects and archiving.