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LinuxNews.com: LinuX-Men's Special Effects Team Moving to Maya--and Linux

Aug 01, 2000, 18:58 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michelle Head)

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"While the X-Men wrestled with super-villains like Magneto onscreen, the film's post-production special effects designers wrestled with computer-generated villainy of another type--but they expect Linux-based assistance soon from SGI, according to Bill Spitzak, lead software designer at special effects shop Digital Domain."

"Unfortunately, Digital's work on the film didn't go as smoothly as the movie's effects might indicate. "Unfortunately, Linux wasn't really used for X-Men," Spitzak said. "The renderfarm was switched to [Windows] NT in order to run the LightWave renderer, and since we then ported our in-house stuff to NT as well, they seem reluctant to switch it back."

"...Spitzak sees the Linux cavalry riding in from another direction. "On a brighter note, we are increasingly going to Maya, and that is going to officially support Linux. We are also investigating Linux desktop workstations, though I think we should get the renderfarm to be Linux first."

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