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Design 3D Effects in an Interactive and Creative Environment

Autodesk® Smoke® software is designed for video editors that work in a Mac® environment and need to do more than edit. You’ll benefit from its many features, which fall into three categories: 1) 3D visual effects tools, 2) video editing timeline, and 3) video effects workflow.

For more information on Autodesk Smoke for Mac, contact us at or 888.662.7238.


Smoke video effects software combines editing workflows with node-based compositing tools in a timeline-based editing environment, helping production studios increase productivity.

Features include:

  • Timeline-based creative workflow - Center your creative work around an easy-to-use, track-based, nonlinear-editor workflow with powerful visual FX tools.
  • ConnectFX node-based compositing - Go directly from the timeline to ConnectFX, so you can create sophisticated effects without leaving the timeline.
  • Powerful compositing in Action - Action combines keying, tracking, transformation, deformation, lighting, and shading tools in an interactive 3D workspace.
  • 3D text and geometry - Import 3D geometry and create dynamic 3D titles with bevels, textures, and per-character animation controls.
  • Dynamic trimming - Tell your story easily with dynamic trimming tools that adjust timing and timeline navigation.
  • Smoke and FCP X - Improved XML support provides more accurate translation of speed changes, timeline effects, and interoperability.
  • Matchbox in timeline - Access, build, and apply custom shaders and transitions using the Matchbox GLSL shader creation tool.
  • MediaHub workflow - MediaHub offers a flexible, intuitive way to manage the media in your project—from conform to edit to effects and archiving.

For more information on Autodesk Smoke for Mac, contact us at or 888.662.7238.

Below is an overview of the system requirements for Smoke for Mac 2018 software. For previous versions or more information, contact us at or 888.662.7238.

OS OS X 10.9.5 10.10.5 Yosemite, or El Capitan up to version 10.11.6., MacOS Sierra 10.12.x. 
Processor 64-bit Intel multi-core.
RAM Minimum 8 GB. 16 GB or more recommended.
Display Minimum 1920 x 1200.
Keyboard US keyboard (required to properly map keyboard shortcuts).
Free disk space For download and installation: 3 GB.

Optional components

External storage such as on an external Thunderbolt drive or array is recommended for media storage. Recommended external hardware:

Device Driver
AJA Io4K, KONA 3G and ioXT 12.4.2 (available on the AJA website)
AJA KONA 3 (not supported on OS X 10.11 El Capitan and later) 10.5.2
Blackmagic UltraStudio Express, UltraStudio 3D, UltraStudio 4K and 4K Extreme, UltraStudio Mini Monitor Thunderbolt, Decklink 4k, Decklink HD 3D, Decklink Studio 2. 10.6 (available on the BMD website)
Avid control surface: Artist Color.  
Wacom tablet: Intuos2, Intuos3, Intuos4, Intuos5 andIntuos Pro USB. Use the latest driver from Wacom.