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Discreet's smoke 6/Tezro Rocks in the Midwest

Fueled by the excitement that Discreet's Exploration Road Show generated in Dallas in November, I/O Partners decided to take to the road as well to showcase Discreet's smoke 6 on SGI's newest workstation, Tezro. The Midwest cities toured included St. Louis, Minneapolis and Kansas City. The reaction mirrored the Dallas audience response. This combo rocks!

Tony Mills, fire artist at Hi-Wire in Minneapolis said, "The issue of resolution co-existence has been a holy grail of sorts for so long, it is satisfying to see it so thoroughly implemented in Discreet's high-end products. There's lots of new functionality! I especially like the new Rotospline toolset and the addition of inferno's Color Warper to smoke/fire. Plus the new processor is just so sexy looking! Kudos all around."

Joy Moeller co-owner of Liquid9, one of the hottest new creative media boutiques in Kansas City commented, " I really loved the way the Soft Edits functioned worked and can see the use for it in a creative-intensive session. The ability to have uncommitted edits, transitions and speed changes ready when the decision is made is extremely powerful and will give the editor the advantage of speed so necessary in that type of session."

Marcus Claudson of The Spark Agency, which is a full service production company in St. Louis, stated, " We really liked the fact that this latest version of smoke added a quite a few intriguing features all at once. The independence from resolution is a big plus and will provide much more freedom inside the edit bay. Also, The Multi-Master Editor will allow you to distribute your final product in many formats from a single system. This is a great system. Plus, I can imagine the displacement mapping feature and motion blur controls really coming in handy."

Tim McGovern of Metro Productions in Kansas City added, "We were one of the first post houses in the Midwest to own a smoke so we have seen it from the beginning. This latest version really stands out because of the freedom from resolution features. It's great that you can now edit multiple resolutions on a single timeline and output the master to any format. Also, the Colour Warper feature was previously only available in Discreet's high-end compositing systems of flame and inferno and now it's gracing smoke 6."

For more information visit www.discreet.com/products/smoke and www.sgi.com/tezro

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