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SheepFactory
02-08-2005, 06:53 PM
http://www4.discreet.com/combustion/

new features:

Discreet’s Diamond Keyer— the second generation of sophisticated keying algorithms derived from flame, Discreet’s Academy Award®-winning online visual effects system

Time-Warp—a fully key-frameable, time-remapping operator for quickly creating slow-motion and speed-up effects

B-spline vector shapes and new point-grouping—faster, more efficient rotoscoping

New optimized ‘Fast Gaussian Blur’

Custom capsules—create and save encapsulated single or grouped operator nodes and build yourself a library of effects to share and re-use

Gbuffer builder—enables custom building of Discreet’s Rich Pixel Format (RPF) data structures from bitmap files for more extensive use of combustion RPF nodes

Merge operator—new optimized operator to quickly merge 2 layers of the same size using any combustion transfer node

Interface enhancements—edit-operator, navigation, filtering and compare tool improvements just to name a few

New file import/export options—import of images into color mixer, import ASE (ASCII Scene Export) camera targets from 3ds max, import Windows Media, Open EXR compatible output

Enhanced paint—new paint tools, grids & rulers, B-spline in paint and new customized brushes

Steve Green
02-08-2005, 07:00 PM
Excellent - good to see an update, it had gone a bit quiet on the combustion front.

Cheers

Steve

WhiteRabbitObj
02-08-2005, 07:10 PM
Yep, very sad, I just bought a copy of Comb3 in December! Hopefully they have a cheap upgrade package for students, because this looks like a great upgrade with TimeWarp and Merge Ops. Maybe it'll be a bit less wonky to use now, what with it's half-layers, half-node based oddness.

Beamtracer
02-08-2005, 07:13 PM
It's good it finally got updated. Rumor has it that Adobe After Effects 7 will be released around the December / January time frame.

beaker
02-08-2005, 07:35 PM
I hope they fixed the G5 version, because as of version 3 they might as well not even make it. It is so horribly slow I could probably buy a 200mhz windows box and it would run faster.

Lord3d2
02-08-2005, 09:53 PM
Definitely buying this, love Combustion

shingo
02-08-2005, 11:19 PM
Nice to see the upgrade but personally, after the release of v 3 and the new features in v4, I can't help but feel that discreet are going out of their way not to make Combustion las good as it could be.

Personally, I can't wait till they release Toxic.

Defenetly buying this, love Combustion

beaker
02-09-2005, 01:13 AM
Personally, I can't wait till they release Toxic.Yea, but it would nice if they release it sometime this century. They first started showing it off at NAB 4-5 years ago. I keep on hearing all the beta testers bragging about it, but by the time it actualy comes out it's going to be ancient history. I hope it lives up to the hype and costs somewhere in the reasonable range of DF/Shake and not another Flame/Inferno.

PyRoT
02-09-2005, 01:52 AM
Yep, very sad, I just bought a copy of Comb3 in December! Hopefully they have a cheap upgrade package for students, because this looks like a great upgrade with TimeWarp and Merge Ops. Maybe it'll be a bit less wonky to use now, what with it's half-layers, half-node based oddness.

Pricing and Availability
combustion ("] combustion [/url] 4 is expected to be available on Windows—March 2005, and for Macintosh—May 2005. combustion 3 to combustion 3 between now and the shipping date, can qualify for a free upgrade to [url=") 4. For more information, visit www.discreet.com/ (http://www.discreet.com/)


Here (http://www.digitalproducer.com/articles/viewarticle.jsp?id=30629-0) you will find a good explanation of teh features coming up.

Lord3d2
02-09-2005, 02:03 AM
Wait, what about a new version of lustre?

WhiteRabbitObj
02-09-2005, 02:04 AM
Good article, thanks for posting it. The Discreet guy is pretty funny, he seems super excited about everything, like he's on speed or something. The new features definitely look great.

As a side note, since Comb users will be reading this and that article sparked the question... is there any way to move divisions between viewpanels in comb3? For instance, if I have the viewport split into 2 panes, can I make it so one pane is 1/3 the screen and the other is 2/3? I poured over the manual when I first got Comb but I couldn't find it and I don't think it's possible, but it sure would be nice!

vinteg
02-09-2005, 02:18 AM
is there any way to move divisions between viewpanels in comb3?
No...sadly there isn't anyway to do that. Seem such a simple thing to do, being as every other software I use has this simple ability. I asked the Discreet specialist when he was demoing Combustion 3 and he said you couldn't. Some tell me that is the Discreet's way of working and it's suppose to be better.

I hope they fixed the G5 version, because as of version 3 they might as well not even make it. It is so horribly slow I could probably buy a 200mhz windows box and it would run faster.
Agree.

jason-slab
02-09-2005, 05:08 AM
cool i can't wait to get it!

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sciics
02-09-2005, 08:05 AM
Does anybody know where i can find a comapre chart between DF and C3 (Combustion3) if not then i gotta do it myself:arteest:

alphatron
02-09-2005, 12:02 PM
One of the earlier versions of combustion 2 allowed you to resize panels, but a service pack disable the option.

jason-slab
02-17-2005, 07:53 AM
some video demos

http://www4.discreet.com/combustion/combustion.php?id=1043

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Armin A
02-17-2005, 10:07 AM
4 looks great I am thinking right now to switch to combustion from AE.

alexyork
02-17-2005, 11:11 AM
the capsules look cool. will be nice being able to save out complex trees for use on a seperate machine.

jmBoekestein
02-17-2005, 11:31 AM
I like the idea of building your own .rpf files. That's quite the thing.

jason-slab
02-17-2005, 01:50 PM
i'm really looking forward to this release, with it's workflow enhancements, and i can't wait to check out that rpf feature!!

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beaker
02-17-2005, 05:33 PM
I wish they would stop screwing with RPF and just do all this with EXR. EXR is already quickly becoming the industry standard format in film for scanning, production and output. It supports everything RPF can do and at the same time everyone can read and write it. Especially when they don't even support full RPF in their highend solutions.

shingo
02-20-2005, 08:29 PM
I couldn't agree more Deke.

And this goes back to my earlier comment about discreet purposely putting a ceiling on how many features make it into Cobustion so as to pervent it encroaching on Flint. I have heard this from the mouths of discreet employees when propspective cutomers have asked for certain doable features in Combustion.

I think it all comes down to making way for Toxic, whenever that is released.


I wish they would stop screwing with RPF and just do all this with EXR. EXR is already quickly becoming the industry standard format in film for scanning, production and output. It supports everything RPF can do and at the same time everyone can read and write it. Especially when they don't even support full RPF in their highend solutions.

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