Flame 20th Anniversary ‘Getting up to Speed’ videos

Flame 20th Anniversary ‘Getting up to Speed’ videos

| October 29, 2011

Autodesk has partnered with fxphd to create a series of “Getting Up to Speed” training in the new 20th Anniversary edition of Flame. This series is targeted towards flame artists familiar with the previous release, but want to cut to the chase and learn what’s new.

The following videos are available:

2013 Extension 2 Update – New Release

 


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UI Overview

 


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The Media Hub

 


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The Desktop

 


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Timeline Basics

 


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Timeline Effects & BFX

 


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Batch

 


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Archiving

 


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Conform

 


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Colour Management

 


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25 Responses to “Flame 20th Anniversary ‘Getting up to Speed’ videos”

  1. Michael L.

    Hey Guys,
    Thanks for the videos. My question is will you be making a few tutorials geared toward Smoke editors? It seems the changes to to UI really aren’t that big of a deal to the productivity of a Flame artist but those of us who use the Smoke (Flame Premium Timeline) interface daily might be shaking our heads at some of these changes. It might answer some questions too like “can you see the waveform monitor / vectorscope in the viewer anymore? or are there hotkeys to access the soft effects that used to be so easy to get to?

    I am really looking forward to using this new version of the product. Making a tutorial for us Smoke guys will go a long way to converting people who are more adverse to change.

    Thanks again,
    Michael Landon
    Freelance Flame/Smoke artist
    Los Angeles

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    • John Montgomery

      I’ll try and do that Michael — but at heart I am a flame guy (even though I have a history since Fire alpha version #1). There is also so much to cover and it is admittedly geared towards flame folks who would be most unfamiliar with the editing integration.

      To directly answer your question — yes, you have waveforms in the viewer, available under the Options menu or via Alt-4 hotkey. Also quick access to Overlays menu (Alt-3) and Viewing Settings (Alt-5).

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      • Michael Landon

        Thanks for letting me know the waveform/vectorscope is still there. It’s a silly thing but I use it a lot. Most bays I work in these days either don’t have dedicated ones or they are so far away from the workstation they’re useless! Out of curiosity are the overlays like the grids menu from the modules or is it more like Smoke’s overlays?

        Take care
        -ML

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  2. Paul Round

    Actually it would be cool to have some material biased TOWARDS Flame guys, as this has been very thin recently, everything seems geared towards the smoke guys of late, and after all, this IS Flame!

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    • John Montgomery

      Hey Paul, this material is geared towards flame folks — frankly people like me. However, this specific training is really only designed to get artists up to speed regarding the new workflow…not new features.

      I will say that one of our goals in fxphd is to have an advanced Flame course as soon as we can make it happen….dealing with all the new creative stuff that’s been introduced over the last several years. It takes a lot of work to find artists who have time to share their knowledge…but we’re working on it.

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    • Michael Landon

      Hey there Paul,
      I’m sorry to say this but you’re wrong. This is “Flame Premium”, the homogenization of Flame and Smoke and it’s our new reality, like it or not. All the Smoke stuff of late has been for the Smac and has been a part of Autodesk’s attempt to lure Final Cut editors over to it. Although the interface looks similar it is a vastly different product from FP2013-20AE. Ignoring a large segment of the user base for FP2013-20AE would be very shortsighted for both Autodesk and FxPhd. I know many houses where Flame Premium Timeline is the UI of choice and even though they are on subscription they won’t install FP2013-20AE because they don’t want their artists to have the amount of perceived downtime (you know bean counters) it would take to learn this new UI. It took me telling the CEO of one of these companies I’d personally teach the Smoke Artists the nuances of the UI Redesign in 2011 ext1 (or was it 2012) , when they redesigned where the library button was!

      The first 4 instruction videos have been great and I don’t think I’ll have any worries going into a facility that has installed it. Big thanks to John, Mike, and the rest of the FxPhd staff for putting them together. Sometimes however people need a little hand-holding when a company decides to make such a major change to a piece of equipment that is an integral part of the user’s business’s bottom line.

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  3. alan latteri

    can you provide downloadable versions of these videos please.

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    • John Montgomery

      Hey Alan — we will at some point, but it’ll be a couple of weeks.

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  4. garyD

    Awesome job as always, john. thanks very much for these.

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  5. Stephen Beecher

    Is video 5 (timeline effects & BFX) available in HD? I gathered from this video that there is no longer a Pre & Post BFX. Also no longer can you nest BFX. Is that correct and what are your thoughts?

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    • John Montgomery

      First, the video is in HD…not sure what’s up…make sure the HD button is lit.

      Yes, nested BFX are gone. I used to use them quite a bit, but not as much recently and am willing to give it a shot without them.

      There is no explicit Pre & Post — but it’s close. Entering BFX “normally” (the way I showed where soft-effects remained) would be similar to pre. Generating a composite would be similar to Post…I know they’re not the same, but you can get close to the functionality.

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      • Stephen Beecher

        Thanks. I could only find the HD button on the first four videos. I guess Pre and Post are no longer needed as long as you are willing to move all fx into the BFX environment.

        Good job on the videos! Processing is now rendering, layers are now tracks, tracks are now versions, but BFX is still BFX (not CFX).

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  6. Wally Rodriguez

    Thanks for doing this guys!! Really helpful, even after running the beta for a while.

    W.

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  7. GPM

    Was a little disappointed to see the same user hotkeys interface… But as long as custom hotkeys no longer corrupt, I’ll be happy.
    Has anyone seen whether this still happens or not?

    Great videos, guys. Looking forward to seeing the second half.

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  8. Paul Round

    Hey guys, any chance these could be made available to download?
    I would love to be able to watch them on the train to work.

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  9. Carlos Morales

    Thanks for this guys its great. I also would love to download these as well.

    But my main question is this: For myself who freelances and does not have access to a flame all the time. Would downloading the trial version of smoke 2013 on mac help get me up to speed on the timeline and a few other things that the 20th anniversary of flame has now?

    I have not downloaded 2013 smoke on mac but it seems the timeline and a few other tools are a bit similar. Thanks.

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    • John Montgomery

      I’ve been using the Smoke on Mac pre-release and it most certainly does help understand the workflow. They are on parallel development, a bit different code — but a lot is the same.

      The desktop reels and batch bring up different issues…but bfx, archiving, tools, and the Media Library are all quite similar.

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  10. raphael thibault

    thank you very much for those videos, Fxphd people.

    As a “new to Flame” young artist, using various solutions already ( scratch, baselight , nuke, smoke, Fcp ), the redesigned software seems like a BIG improvement over the 2012 release on which I have been training so far, which was at times deceptive regarding other systems like the ones mentionned above.

    This smooth integatrion of editing, advanced compositing, and i guess high-end grading in a near future, IS the reason why I decided to spare the time training on yet another system, so it is satisfying to see the product evolve this way…

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  11. Alan Latteri

    Where are the downloadables?

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  12. Carlos Morales

    Yup…..any word on the videos being available for downloading?

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  13. Paul Round

    Hey guys, Downloadables ever gonna happen?

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  14. Barry Goch

    Nice work John. I like how they added the add track buttons back into the timeline too like in Smoke 2013.

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  15. rohan

    Thanks John for the videos. at first look i love the evolution of flame. have been seeing it evolve since 1998 . This one has made flame interface very simple and easy to learn quickly for the new artists.

    Reply

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