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DesktopLinux: Film Gimp--Lights, Camera, Linux!

Nov 14, 2002, 11:00 (7 Talkback[s])

"Film Gimp is a popular open source tool in feature motion pictures. It has been used in Scooby-Doo, Harry Potter, Stuart Little, and other films. Robin Rowe answers some questions about the progress of Film Gimp and other projects...

"Question: What's Film Gimp?

"Film Gimp is a tool for retouching motion pictures frame by frame. A typical application is removing dust marks after film is digitized. Scanning the negative is the first step in post-production, and the scans must be cleaned up to remove dust and scratches. Film Gimp also is used to eliminate wires when actors are being flown in wire rigs.

"A movie fundamentally is just a bunch of frames, and that's what Film Gimp operates on. It's different from a video editor that works on one large file. Each frame of a film negative is scanned to become a single image file named with a sequential number. A frame manager in Film Gimp helps the user walk through the images one-by-one. The image retouching itself is about the same as using Gimp, which Film Gimp is based upon. Gimp (GNU Image Manipulation Program) is a popular open source alternative to Photoshop..."

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