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Autodesk Effects and Finishing Systems Now Powered By NVIDIA Quadro SDI


Advanced Graphics and Video Solutions Improve the Post-Production and Broadcast Pipeline.

NAB 2008, LAS VEGAS.—NVIDIA Corporation today announces that Autodesk, Inc. continues to empower creative professionals by offering NVIDIA Quadro® FX 5600 SDI graphics in its newest products for effects and finishing: Autodesk Smoke 2009, Autodesk Inferno 2009, Autodesk Flame 2009, Autodesk Flint 2009, and Autodesk Backdraft Conform 2009 systems. This announcement solidifies the trend in the digital film and broadcast industries where top companies are integrating professional NVIDIA Quadro SDI graphics into their product offerings for 3D compositing, editing, and color grading in real time for 2K, HD, and SD formats.

“Autodesk and NVIDIA understand the diverse visualization needs of the film and broadcast industries,” said Stig Gruman, Digital Entertainment Group vice president, Autodesk Media and Entertainment. “NVIDIA Quadro SDI graphics give our systems the performance advantage creative professionals need to produce powerful graphics, visual effects, editing, and finishing for the HD, SD, post-production, and broadcast industries.”

Autodesk’s 2009 visual effects releases introduce new creative tools, powerful performance, expanded compressed media support, and workflow enhancements, providing users with interactive solutions that build workflows between 3D, design, visual effects, and editorial. The release of Autodesk Smoke 2009 further integrates creative effects tools from Flame; setting a new standard in effects-centric finishing with an industry leading 3D compositing environment targeted at mid-tier post-production facilities and broadcasters. For further information on Autodesk’s 2009 releases, please visit

The NVIDIA Quadro 5600 SDI card is the ideal solution for visual effects professionals working with virtual sets, sports, and weather news systems to composite live video footage onto virtual backgrounds, integrating the results into a live TV broadcast feed. NVIDIA Quadro SDI graphics solutions also allow film production, post-production, and finishing professionals to preview the results of 3D compositing, editing, and color grading in real time on high-definition (HD) broadcast monitors. The graphics-to-video-out feature delivers uncompressed 8-, 10-, or 12-bit SDI from programmable graphics, enabling a direct connection to broadcast monitors, switchers, tape decks, or SDI projectors.

Quadro SDI graphics solutions provide two channels—fill or key—of 8-, 10-, or 12-bit uncompressed SDI in 2K, HD, or SD formats, and analog and digital house synchronization. They support both Microsoft Windows and Linux operating systems, and can be easily integrated within a broadcast or video editing application through the NVIDIA API.


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