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Discreet Unveils Combustion 3 for Mac OS X

Compositing suite gains new editing functionality, scripting enhancements, performance optimizations By Dave Nagel
Discreet today unveiled Combustion 3 for the Macintosh platform. Combustion is Discreet's desktop compositing and motion graphics suite. The new 3.0 release shipped for Windows in October and is expected to ship shortly for Mac OS X. It's being shown off this week at the Macworld Expo in San Francisco.

Combustion 3 is a major update, bringing several feature enhancements, as well as completely new functionality to the compositing suite. This includes a new Edit Operator, which allows for editing (such as assembling clips with transitions) directly within Combustion. It also adds JavaScript-based expressions for creating complex animations, Flash output, customized brushes and DV capture within the application through FireWire. Other features include:

  • Performance optimizations in rendering, OpenGL acceleration, multi-processor support, extensive caching and multiple viewports;
  • Advanced keying, color correction, tracking, grain management and masking tools adopted from Discreet Flame;
  • Fully integrated particle system with real-time preview and OpenGL acceleration;
  • Character generator for animated text;
  • Advanced rotoscoping;
  • Streamlined design environment;
  • Fully editable and automated schematic view;
  • Resolution-independent with 8-, 10-, 12-, 16- and 32-bit (float) per component image processing;
  • Integration with Flash, Photoshop, Illustrator, 3ds max and Maya;
  • Network rendering and central job management across multiple systems.

Combustion 3 is expected to ship this quarter for Mac OS X for $995. Upgrades from Combustion 2.x run $199. For more information, visit

Contact the author: Dave Nagel is the editor and producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Apple DVD Studio Pro, Mac OS, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at

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