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RE:Vision Launches Twixtor Pro 3 for Combustion

New version offers enhanced spline features By Dave Nagel
RE:Vision Effects has released Twixtor Pro 3 for Discreet Combustion 3. As we reported yesterday, the company has also developed a new version of its RE:Flex plugin, which ships with Combustion 3. Both are available now for the Windows version of Combustion 3 and will also support the Mac version when it's released in early 2004. In addition, Twixtor Pro 3 also supports the current 2.1.1 version of Combustion for Mac OS X.

According to RE:Vision, both RE:Flex and Twixtor Pro offer cross-platform support for Combustion systems. Twixtor is used to speed up, slow down or alter the frame rate of image sequences, synthesizing new frames by warping and interpolating existing frames. Twixtor Pro is a special version of the Twixtor plugin designed for higher-end compositing systems and also includes additional features specific to the host system. Supported hosts include Apple Shake; Discreet Combustion, Flint, Flame, Smoke, Inferno and Fire; Pinnacle Systems Commotion; and Adobe After Effects.

The new version of for Combustion offers the ability to guide Twixtor by creating and animating shapes to show the plugin where objects are moving, and interactive feature registration is directed through the host's drawing and rotoscoping tools. Unique in the version for Combustion 3 is the ability to tie spline vertices to the Combustion tracker. Note that when used in earlier versions of Combustion, Twixtor's spline guidance feature is unavailable. Other features in Twixtor Pro 3 include support for up to three foreground layers and up to 12 tracking points for estimating motion (available for Shake, After Effects, Combustion and Commotion only).

Both Twixtor and Twixtor Pro support 8- or 16-bit channel processing and offer frame rate conversions, keyframable retiming, calculation of motion vectors at each pixel and stretching of a sequence using a single scaling parameter.

Twixtor Pro 3 is available now for Mac OS X and Windows for $595. The regular version of Twixtor 3 is available for Mac OS X and Windows for $329.99. For more information, visit

Contact the author: Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, 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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