Autodesk releases ‘Composite’, ‘Matchmover Pro’ and ‘Backburner’ as free downloads

Autodesk, who used to sell composite (aka Toxik) and Matchmover Pro separately, before bundling them in with their Max/Maya lines, has decided to release the 2014 versions of them as freeware on their app site (they have decided to stop developing these applications). The software is unsupported and indeed I have heard a number of folks have found Composite to be super buggy (when I tried it on a Windows7 64bit machine it crashed on the splash screen), so proceed at own risk. But Matchmover pro could be of use to many people who don’t have access to other matchmovers. There are also scripts for getting the likes of Nuke and After Effects to use Backburner as the render farm manager, so in a way it is kind of nice they have released them, as I’m sure some people will find them useful in the short term. Click the logo below to go to the main download area for them (where you can choose Mac, Windows or Linux flavors). Below that I have put a short description (from their website) of each application.




Autodesk® Composite is an interactive solution for film compositing. It brings compositing and visual effects tools to high-end 2D artists working at HD, 2K, 4K or above, in film, television, and design. It features a full High Dynamic Range (HDR) pipeline, next-generation 3D compositing, high performance interaction at extremely high resolutions, and advanced rendering. Click here to get it.





  Autodesk® MatchMover™ is a camera tracking application that automatically captures 3D camera path and camera parameters from 2D video and film image sequences. After capturing a 3D camera path with MatchMover, you can export the camera data to a number of file formats supported by 3D animation or compositing programs. This allows you to work with the camera data in your favorite animation or compositing application to accurately place 3D objects into a video or film sequence. Providing a straightforward and cost-effective way to mix 2D live-action footage with 3D animation and special effects, MatchMover allows you to take advantage of the 2D world of film and the 3D world of animation. Click here to get it.





You can use Autodesk® Backburner™  with Maya to manage your render jobs and render nodes while network rendering. Autodesk Backburner is a background rendering network system that allows animation scenes to be rendered by many computers working collectively on the same network. Click here to get it.