The new Smoke is aimed at users of Apple’s Final Cut Pro or Avid Media Composer who want high-end editing and finishing tools in the same package. Smoke 2013 will cost $3495 when it ships in the fall, down from $14,995. This isn’t Autodesk’s first price-cut for Smoke. It was initially a Linux-based finishing system that cost between $45,000 and $90,000 (thought those prices did include hardware).
The new Smoke user interface combines track-based editing that Autodesk says uses industry-standard editing conventions. Alonside this is the ConnectFX node-based compositing system. This sits inside the timeline for high-end effects and advanced compositing without leaving the editorial environment.