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Jack Pfeiffer
09-09-2003, 10:50 AM
Rumour was that discreet was considering the future of Combustion for the MAC. We can today officially confirm that C3 will be on the G5, under Panther the next planned Mac OSX release.

FxGuide has a brief comment from the product manager of Combustion in Canada.

The article also has an initial review of the pre-release Cv3 Windows software from one of our communities leading Combustion experts, Jack Pfeiffer. Jack is well known internationally as a Combustion Specialist based at MCI Videotronic in Denmark (www.mci.dk) In this FX Guide exclusive article, Jack summarizes the new features and functions, and there are first peek screenshots and screen layouts, as well as a view of the new Cv3 box.

The combustion 3 Windows expected ship date is fall 2003, followed by combustion 3 for Macintosh in early 2004. The Mac delay will allow Discreet to have more time to optimize Combustion for the G5, as well as the new Panther OS. Note that Combustion v3 on the Mac will run on OS X only.


09-10-2003, 01:14 AM
Thanks Jack. Looking forward to upgrading to ver3. Some nice new features and speed enhancements. One question since you might be able to find out, now that it supports capture of DV footage using firewire, and I just read that it will support more than just the two output cards that it use to. Im wondering will it support playback to a tv monitor through my new matrox rtx100 capture and output card. Is there a list of supported capture cards. Before it only supported the matrox digisuite and one other.


09-10-2003, 08:20 AM
hello jack

what about linux?

Jack Pfeiffer
09-10-2003, 10:03 AM

No, Combustion v3 is NOT available on Linux... Just Windoze and (later) Mac G5.

As for Framebuffers: What has been added is support for DV devices: capture and output via standard Firewire devices..

You can read ALL the info on the new four page PDF file at discreet:




09-10-2003, 01:59 PM
Guess there in no morphing tool again :annoyed:

Why can't they just add one for the love of G-d?

Apologies if i missed it somewhere but i did not spot it anywhere.

09-10-2003, 07:47 PM
But, is there way to install Combustion 3 and new version of Smoke, for Linux, in the same machine?
Will they compatibles, like Edit/Combustion?


09-11-2003, 08:07 AM
this is going to really really suck... - if smoke6 will be on linux but no combustion. at least smoke, still better than nothing... but we need a affordable comp/ motiongraphics tool for linux!

come on discreet, don't sleep!

09-11-2003, 09:21 AM
Originally posted by mbxsi
this is going to really really suck... - if smoke6 will be on linux but no combustion. at least smoke, still better than nothing... but we need a affordable comp/ motiongraphics tool for linux!

come on discreet, don't sleep!
You forget that Smoke costs around 100k and will pay its development back with like 10-20 licenses(porting is easier too because its from sgi). Combustion on the otherhand only costs 1k, so it will take 100,000 copies to be sold(which it probably would never sell in the first place on linux) and still not even pay for 1/4th it's development costs. Autodesk is such a big company that it isn't interested in only making a tiny profit. It sucks, but thats business.

Jack Pfeiffer
09-11-2003, 09:41 AM

There are ALREADY more than a "few" Compositing apps that run on Linux... Here they are:

Shake (bought by Apple) > http://www.apple.com/shake/

Nuke - http://www.d2software.com/

Digital Fusion - http://www.eyeonline.com/
Linux announcement here: http://www.eyeonline.com/news/press_releases/more/apr7_NAB_2003_linux.html

Jahshaka (an open code new start-up) >http://www.jahshaka.com/

Piranha - > http://www.ifx.com (Linux due soon.)

that's it, as of TODAYS date......



09-15-2003, 08:20 PM
"No, Combustion v3 is NOT available on Linux... "
It should be. Its the most professional OS out there. Even ILM is switching to Linux.

09-21-2003, 12:44 PM
any body know if vector strokes can grow instead of resorting to particles ???.


09-26-2003, 10:05 PM
Originally posted by Cinematography
It should be. Its the most professional OS out there. Even ILM is switching to Linux.

SGI is starting to push Linux hard as well. I think switching to Linux under 32 bit Intel CPUs isn't that beneficial. The real power is under the hood of Itanium. 64-bit Linux running multiple Itanium CPUs would give MIPS a run for its money - which is why I think SGI is really pushing Altix hard! If SGI can unify all their applications under the Altix platofrm and get rid of MIPS, I'm sure discreet will port everything over as well, whether it's desktop or high-end products. Write code once, run everywhere.

09-26-2003, 10:09 PM
It is extremely beneficial on 32 bit processors. Linux runs most of my apps much faster(15-30%) than the same exact app on the same machine under windows. Also you get all the additional benefits of a unix operating system. Built in shell scripting, perl, python, etc...(nothing that you can't have under windows, but not installed by default, so I end up installing cygwin on any windows box I end up working on).

09-26-2003, 11:23 PM
I should have clarified. What I meant was for existing shops entirely based on Windows, porting to Linux *now* may be too costly (in terms of time it takes to migrate, hiring staff to perform the migration, support the new OS, and so on).

Otherwise I'm all for it. I'm not at the point where it matters to me, whether I'm running DF on Linux or Windows, as long as it looks and feels identical, just give me some elbow room to start working. ;)

10-06-2003, 01:24 PM
Any word on backburner showing up in combustion 3 for the Mac?


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