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Discreet Ships combustion 2

New version delivers multi-format film and television capabilities and advanced toolsets for Windows and Macintosh systems (January 15, 2002)
Discreet announced today it is shipping combustion 2, the latest version of its award-winning paint, animation and 3D compositing software. Unveiled at SIGGRAPH 2001, the combustion 2 software features were designed to provide artists with new capabilities and improved performance, all within an efficient workflow environment designed to make complex visual effects creation faster and simpler.

combustion 2 provides new multi-format project capabilities for film and video, including 64-bit image-processing, advanced film grain tools and color Look-Up Table (LUT) management. combustion 2 also includes powerful new toolsets such as a fully editable, interactive schematic view; a fully integrated 2D particle system, an expanded interactive text and motion graphics module and state of the art rotoscoping technology. Compatible garbage masks, grain tools and color LUTs further expand compatibility between combustion and flint, flame, and inferno Academy-Award winning visual effects systems.

"In the film, "Vanilla Sky", we took advantage of the higher color space in combustion 2 to pull tighter keys during the tabletop sequence at Life Extension," said Eli Jarra, Senior Effect Supervisor of Digital Chaos, a Santa Monica, California post-production studio. "Having the ability to select which resolution formats to work with and interact with them seamlessly, is something that many artists have waited for. Add this with combustion¹s unified paint and compositing environment, and you've got a very powerful toolset," said Jarra.

Other performance enhancements in combustion 2 include a highly optimized 2D software renderer, high performance OpenGL support for the combustion software¹s new particle system and a unique 3D compositing environment.

"The first release of combustion received overwhelming endorsement in the industry because it is a desktop solution that gives the artist an extremely rich and dynamic user experience," said Maurice Patel, Discreet product marketing manager for visual effects software and systems. "For combustion 2, Discreet has expanded the production capabilities, feature sets, and performance to offer a cost-effective, creative solution unlike any other for both Macintosh and Windows environments while extending its workflow integration with the flint, flame and inferno visual effects systems.

Pricing and Availability
combustion 2 for Macintosh and Windows is shipping now for US$3,495. Beginning February, 2002, combustion 2 will sell for US$4,995. The upgrade price from the original version of combustion is US$795 until May 2002, and $1,495 thereafter. For ordering and upgrade information, contact Discreet Sales at 800-869-3504 or 514-393-1616 or visit Discreet at: combustion Training Discreet is offering full-day combustion workshops for US $99 per person that provide comprehensive, hands-on training for visual effects artists, video editors and 3D animators.

Training cities, dates and registration information are listed at:, or call 1-800-869-3504. North American workshop dates begin on January 14, 2002 and run until April 29, 2002. Seats are limited.

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