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Autodesk Smoke Essentials E-Book Hits Amazon

By PVC News Staff | October 15, 2013

Autodesk Smoke Essentials - a new e-book from industry-renowned writer, director and colorist Alexis Van Hurkman and Wiley Publishing - is now available for purchase on Amazon and Wiley. The e-book gives artists and editors a practical new resource for learning the fundamentals of Autodesk Smoke - the powerful software application that combines a familiar track-based editing environment with robust features for digital compositing, color correcting and effects.

By providing basic lessons, step-by-step instructions and accompanying video materials, Autodesk Smoke Essentials illustrates how users can streamline effects-intensive projects by editing, compositing and finishing within a single environment. Every chapter begins with a topic introduction, explains methods used and breaks down why those methods are being used, and concludes with open-ended projects to encourage learning. Readers can also access a hands-on learning experience with downloadable project files from "The Place Where You Live" - a narrative live-action short film created by Van Hurkman using Smoke.

Autodesk Smoke Essentials offers instruction on many aspects of Smoke including:

  • The Smoke interface inside and out, including all key tools
  • Managing media with the MediaHub and Media Library
  • Editing and trimming clips in a timeline to assemble and polish an edit
  • Creating transitions, adding dissolves and using Timewarp
  • Building basic composites using the Axis effect
  • Using ConnectFX and Action Node for advanced compositing
  • Working with audio clips
  • Adding and mixing audio, music, and sound effects
  • Techniques for color correction and styling titles and credits


For more information about the e-book and pricing, visit Amazon ($39.99) and Wiley ($32.99). You can also get a behind-the-scenes look at Van Hurkman's work on "The Place Where You Live" in these IBC 2013 and Amsterdam SuperMeet videos.

Through October 25, 2013, Autodesk is offering a promotion for up to 20% savings* on Autodesk Smoke 2013 software. For complete details or to purchase Smoke 2013, visit: http://www.autodesk.com/products/smoke/buy.

About Alexis Van Hurkman

Alexis is a writer, director and colorist based in New York. He completes color correction for a wide variety of broadcast programming, narrative and documentary features and shorts, spots, and experimental subjects. His credits include programs that have aired on The History Channel, The Learning Channel, BBC Four and WNET; features and shorts that have played at the Telluride, Sundance, Tribeca, Hamptons and Amsterdam film festivals, among many others; and video art pieces exhibited at the NYC Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), the Whitney Museum of American Art and San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. He's also penned such titles as the popular Color Correction Handbook: Professional Techniques for Video and Cinema and more. A complete list of titles is available here: http://www.amazon.com/Alexis-Van-Hurkman/e/B001IODHRA

*The up to 20% off promotional offer is valid is from September 12, 2013, through October 25, 2013. This promotion is available in mature countries only; AMERS: United States and Canada, EMEA: EEA and Switzerland, APAC: ANZ, Japan, and Korea; and is void where prohibited or restricted by law. Educational licenses and education to commercial transfers are not eligible for this promotion. Only new commercial license purchases of Autodesk® Smoke® 2013 for Mac OS® X software and/or Autodesk® Smoke® 2013 for Mac OS® X with Autodesk® Subscription (SIBX) are eligible for this offer. This offer cannot be combined with other rebates or promotions unless specified otherwise. The 20% discount will be taken off of the Autodesk global suggested retail price (GRP) (excluding freight, handling and taxes) of Autodesk Smoke 2013 software and/or SIBX. Offer subject to reseller participation. Autodesk Authorized Resellers are independent resellers and are free to set their own prices. Reseller prices may vary. GRP is used for reference purposes only as the actual retail price is determined by your distributor/reseller. Actual savings may vary due to local currency conversion, taxes and other factors. Autodesk reserves the right to alter the GRP, product offerings and specification of its products and services at any time without notice.

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