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Open source at the movies

Feb 13, 2012, 05:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brad Howarth)

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"While much of the visual effects creation and compositing itself is still done with commercial tools such as Autodesk?s Maya or The Foundry?s Nuke, Landauer says open source is asserting itself in fields such as data manipulation and transformation. One of the primary attractions of open source tools is their cost ? or lack thereof. With studios looking to squeeze every last cent out of budgets, visual effects companies are no longer able to charge for much of the data handling work. 'There are a lot of specialist tools that people were writing for asset management and a whole bunch of very specialised things, and there has been an enormous amount of duplication of effort across the industry,' Landauer says."

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