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January 2013

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editor's note New฀Year's฀Resolutions nce again it's time to look back at the past year, decide what went well, what didn't and what you would like to change. Me? I want a world where we can send our kids to school without fear, for hurricanes to cut that shit out, and the ability to run a marathon. O By฀ Lesley Chilcott producer of such powerful docuRANDI mentaries as An Inconvenient Truth and Waiting for ALTMAN Superman, both of which oddly align with two of my EDITOR-IN-CHIEF resolutions, has this on her mind for 2013: "I will P O S T practice my Spanish every least on Sundays; I will do pull-ups, like that one time, when I could; I will avoid parabens in all products; I will eat less popcorn; I will surf." SNL Film Unit editor Adam Epstein, who is repped by NYC's Hybrid Edit, wants this for work and life: "To surround myself with kind, interesting, funny people. And to continue to think about the fact that I should probably start taking vitamins." What about Rob Ashe, one of the editors for Conan? Well, he would like to "only create and delete four Tumblr accounts; lose 30 pounds; only buy one suite during the yearly Red Giant Software sale; lose 30 more pounds; continue to do DDPYOGA to get back to my previously girly figure; learn more about what the Red Giant Trapcode Suite can do; lose 27.5 final pounds; get more haircuts; only create and delete two Instagram accounts; resist the urge to shave because if I do my wife will proceed to divorce me; get Red Giant to pay me to fawn over them; realize I'm lucky and only deserve what I put in." Zero Dark Thirty DP Greig Fraser, an Aussie based in LA, was driving to the Pittsburgh set of the Steve Carell film, Foxcatcher, when we spoke. Not all that long ago, this busy man, was in the deserts of Jordan and northwest India shooting Kathryn Bigelow's latest about the S.E.A.L. Team Six raid on Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan. You wouldn't be surprised to hear his hope for 2013 is to maintain a level balance of life and work. "Balancing work and family is my absolute priority for the next year. Having been very busy over the last two years, everything in my life is wildly out of kilter. From the food I eat to time I spend with the family to home duties…everything." Fraser will soon get that wish. After a short hiatus for Christmas and New Year, he's back on the Foxcatcher set and will complete shooting in mid-January. What then? Back to LA, where he can work on commercials while close to home. Home is key, he says. "I just want time at home, sleeping in my own bed, driving in my own car." Whatever your wish is for the New Year, make it safe, and make it fun. Reinventing฀Autodesk's฀Smoke By฀ MARC LOFTUS SENIOR EDITOR 2 n December 17, Autodesk "finally" released Smoke 2013, the latest version of its Mac-driven editing and visual effects tool. I say finally because it was supposed to come to market in September, but ran into "some snags," says senior product marketing manager Marc Hamaker. The extra time, however, allowed the company to take in even more user feedback — over 31,000 downloads were made during the beta period — enabling Autodesk to deliver an end product that's "more aligned with what the market needs," he notes. Smoke 2013 is aimed at editors that need to do more than just edit. The redesigned release combines new editing workflow tools along with Autodesk's proven VFX capabilities, including tools for keying, masking and compositing. Its timeline has a look that editors will find familiar, and the UI has been redesigned to be more "Mac-like." Pricing has also been restructured, and collectively, Autodesk believes the changes will ultimately extend the product's reach. Smoke 2013 is priced at $3,495, very close to what the company charges for its 3D appli- Post฀•฀January฀2013฀ Post0113_002-editRAV3FINALREAD.indd 2 RANDI ALTMAN Editor-in-Chief (516) 797-0884 MARC LOFTUS Senior Editor/Director of Web Content (516) 376-1087 CHRISTINE BUNISH Film& Video JENNIFER WALDEN Audio BOB PANK European Correspondent DANIEL RESTUCCIO West Coast Bureau BARRY GOCH West Coast Blogger/Reporter IAIN BLAIR Film MICHAEL VIGGIANO Art Director A DV E RT I S I N G MARI KOHN Director of Sales (818) 291-1153 cell: (818) 472-1491 GARY RHODES Eastern & Intl Sales Manager (631) 274-9530 cell (516)410-8638 SUBSCRIPTIONS (818) 291-1158 CUSTOMER SERVICE 620 West Elk Ave, Glendale, CA 91204 (800) 280 6446 S C R I P T O EDITORIAL cations. Earlier Smoke on the Mac releases cost close to $15K. During its pre-release, Autodesk gained useful insight via surveys. While their user base was found to be primarily editors, compositors were a near second when it came to using Smoke, and the title of "artist" followed in third place. The survey also found that 44 percent of users were employing Smoke for VFX, while 29 percent were using it for editorial and 27 percent for conforming. Users' favorite features include the node-based ConnectFX, the editing capabilities, the new timeline and UI, and the Action compositing tool. Props also went to the app's ability to allow users to drag and drop from the source viewer, and the collapsible FX pipeline. While Smoke 2013 is now more powerful and affordable, Autodesk wants to make sure prospective customers aren't intimidated by its learning curve. The company is committed to making learning easy via the Smoke Learning Channel and its Website, They are also working with third-parties to help expand training opportunities. 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