Autodesk Flame – SpeedCheck

2018 – updated archive

Some years ago still working on Linux flames only there was coming up the 2nd gen. Smoke on Mac.
We were in the middle of a giant project and were looking for a simple test to see how quick was the Smoke vs. Flame.

The clip I used was from the project and therefore not a good clip I could share or re-use easily.
So I created a test setup based on a 1000 frames of HD noise.
The test result looked ugly and the archive was still very big because of the base clip.

When we finally changed from flame 2013 to 2015 and skip 2014 entirely I came up with a much smaller setup based on a single black frame and three tracks of timeline and BFX setups. This still was created for a 1000 frames timeline, but I added so many things in each BFX that the render times were getting too high. So I trimmed down the Sequence to 250 frames.

There are some issues with the test depending how the tracks are selected in the sequence and how the preferences are set in flame. Maybe I can come up with a failsafe way how everyone always gets the same results.

The discussions can be found on Facebook in the FlameUsers – Logik Group.
There is also a link to a google docs sheet with lots of results from different sytems.


The actual version of the file archive is written with flame 2018.
Please set the Prefs/Timeline/Rendering to “Frame Based Render”.

Flame2016_Select All

In the active Sequence – Select All


Then start a stopwatch and hit render. As you can see on the screenshot the time estimation is completely off. The same as the top frame count. When the lower one reaches 250 of 250 frames the render is done. On this MACPRO 12Core D700 64 GB (Yosemite 10.10.5) the test takes about 3’35” to finish in FRAME BASED render mode.

If you follow the instructions and set the timeline render mode to TRACK BASED the render time will be twice as long (6’46”). If you flush again the render and deselect everything in the timeline and hit “RENDER” instead of “RENDER Selected” my render time goes down again to half the time 3’14”, but this time only the topmost layer V1.3 is rendered. I don’t get why this is, therefore I prefer the FRAME BASED mode to the TRACK BASED mode.

Here is the zip file for download.


Updated archive for Version 2017 – SP1


Updated archive for Version 2018