Autodesk introduces Flow to connect media and entertainment production workflows
Autodesk has announced the launch of Autodesk Flow, a new industry cloud platform aimed at connecting workflows in the Media & Entertainment industry. Revealed at AU 2023, this initiative is designed to streamline production processes by connecting all stages of production and fostering a unified approach to managing data, workflows, and teams.
Autodesk Flow emphasizes data-centric collaboration, placing data, rather than files, at the core of its functionality. Its cloud data model is structured with open APIs, facilitating the capture, reuse, and tracking of data throughout the production pipeline. This model promises to serve as a central hub for all assets, versions, and feedback, thereby enhancing efficiency and collaboration.
The platform integrates various tools, including Flow Capture (formerly Moxion) and Flow Production Tracking (formerly ShotGrid), to manage assets seamlessly from onset to post-production. It also supports existing content creation tools such as Maya and third-party tools from SideFX, Avid, and The Foundry, allowing them to plug into an open ecosystem.
Autodesk is also focusing on enhancing game production workflows, collaborating with companies like Electronic Arts. The integration of AI technology is a key aspect of Autodesk Flow, with AI-powered Generative Scheduling being one such feature. This tool aims to automate and streamline production scheduling, traditionally a manual and time-consuming task.
Another example is a collaboration with Wonder Dynamics, Autodesk is exploring AI-driven automation in creative workflows. A new Maya plug-in will enable users to export CG characters from Autodesk Maya into Wonder Studio and vice versa, simplifying complex processes previously limited to high-budget studios.
Autodesk’s is promising a commitment to transform the M&E industry by fostering connected workflows and streamlined collaboration, enabling artists to focus more on their creative output. The company shared information about Flow at AU 2023, including a showcase by Walt Disney Animation Studios on their latest project, “Wish,” illustrating the practical application of these technological advancements in high-end production environments.
Find out more on the Autodesk website.