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[san-tech][02534] ALEMBIC: An Open Source Exchange Format for Animated Computer Graphics Scenes

Date: Mon, 16 Aug 2010 11:38:43 +0900
  [san-tech][02533] Cloud Computing for Motion Picture Rendering

"Sony Pictures Imageworks and Industrial Light & Magic Join Forces on
 July 27, 2010 (両者とも ACM SIGGRAPHでの発表なので同日)

  "ALEMBIC is an open source exchange format that aims to become the
   standard for exchanging animated computer graphics scenes between
   content creation software packages."

  "At its core, Alembic is a computer graphics interchange format 
   focused on efficiently storing and sharing animation and visual
   effects scenes across multiple software applications. It was 
   designed to handle massive animation data sets often required in 
   high-end visual effects, which are routinely developed and 
   produced by companies such as Imageworks and ILM."

  "Alembic is being offered via the BSD 2.0 license and is written 
   in C++ and Python, leveraging the boost and HDF5 C/C++ libraries
   heavily, as well as OpenEXR."

HDF (4, 5) は、HPC業界で使われるデータ管理ライブラリです。
HDF (Hierarchical Data Format) Group


May 18, 2011 - Alembic 0.9.3 Beta Update
  "We're pleased to announce the 0.9.3 Beta release of Alembic."

Alembic Code

  "We are releasing the alpha source to Alembic today, July 27th, 2010. 
   Currently, this is alpha code, and the API is not yet stable."
About Alembic

"Alembic is an open framework for storing and sharing 3D geometry data
 that includes a C++ library, a file format, and client plugins and
 applications. It was initially developed in 2010 by teams from
 Sony Pictures Imageworks and Industrial Light & Magic, and development
 continues today."

Latest News
"2011-06-29: Alembic 1.0, release candidate 1 released."

2011-06-29: Alembic 1.0, release candidate 1


  Is a data representation scheme for storing computer graphics scenes
  Distills the results of artist disciplines for handoff to other artists in other disciplines
  Is focused on the greatest common divisor between applications, the 'periodic table of cg primitives'
  Is extensible to support new workflows and new tools

Alembic Is Not…
  A dependency graph, nor a procedural data transformation tool
  A replacement for native application scene file formats
  An asset management application
  A general rigging storage solution

"OpenEXR is a high dynamic-range (HDR) image file format developed by 
 Industrial Light & Magic for use in computer imaging applications."

OpenEXR Code
OpenEXR 1.7.0 Released, July 23, 2010

Sony Pictures Imageworks - Open Source

  OSL: Open Shading Language
  OpenColorIO: Color Management
  Field3D: Voxel data storage library
とか、関連プレスリリース (残念ながら、機会はもう過ぎてますが):

"ALICE IN WONDERLAND, Recruiting Open Source Developments, and Technical
 Achievements Dominate Studio Presence", JULY 26, 2010 (ここから選んで下さい)
[san-tech][01975] BlueArcプレスリリース ("Avatar")
  Date: Fri, 08 Jan 2010 12:18:14 +0900

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