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[News] A Look Behind the Scenes of GNU/Linux-generated Film

  • Subject: [News] A Look Behind the Scenes of GNU/Linux-generated Film
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 29 Jan 2010 05:38:25 +0000
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The Technology Behind Avatar (Movie)

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| James Cameron's Avatar is now officially the 
| top grossing movie of all time eclipsing 
| Titanic (also by James Cameron). Probably the 
| main reason of its huge success is the use of 
| innovative filmmaking technology like its 
| development of 3D viewing and stereoscopic 
| filmmaking with cameras that were specially 
| designed for the movie's production. It's 
| amazing that Cameron wrote the scriptment for 
| the film more than 15 years ago, but the 
| technology available at that moment was very 
| limited to portray his vision of the film, a 
| major cause of the long delay of its release.
| [...]
| Creating the virtual world of Pandora 
| required over a petabyte of digital storage 
| (Transformers "Revenge of the Fallen" needed 
| about 140 terabytes). The final footage for 
| Avatar occupied 17.28 gigabytes of storage 
| per minute. To help finish preparing the 
| special effects sequences on time, Industrial 
| Light & Magic (ILM) was brought in, working 
| alongside Weta Digital to create the battle 
| sequences.



Something Seriously Missing In Avatar Movie Reviews

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| Where are the accolades for Linux?
| A review of the company that made the Linux
| computer graphics happen, known as WETA
| Digital (Wellington, New Zealand, a Peter
| Jackson spin off company), is notoriously
| absent from the articles.
| The underlying operating system, Linux RHEL
| (hundreds of HP blade servers running as Linux
| cluster) is also utterly absent from even the
| more technical news sources.


What Lies at the Heart of "Avatar"?

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| Oh, look: Linux. Why am I not surprised...?


New Hat Selects DataDirect Networks to Power the Most Advanced Mac and
Linux-Based Color Grading Workflow in Hollywood

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| DataDirect Networks, Inc. (DDN), the data infrastructure provider for the
| most extreme, content-intensive environments in the world, today announced
| that New Hat, of Santa Monica, Calif., has selected the xSTREAMScalerâ SAN
| Solution, based on the S2A9900 Extreme Storage platform, to power its AppleÂ
| Macintosh and Linux-based uncompressed 2K color grading post production
| workflow. New Hat was founded in 2008 by the legendary award-winning post
| production team of Bob Festa, Clark Muller and Darby Walker and represents
| the most technically advanced Mac and Linux-based color grading post
| environment in Hollywood.


Linux, PhotoShop, And Disney.

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| At around the same time as my trip to Walt Disney World (give or take a few
| years), the Disney animation studio was adopting Linux.  The animators wanted
| Photoshop running on Linux.  Since Adobe wasn't providing this, Disney
| decided to fund a project to port the Windows version of Photosop to run on
| Linux under Wine.  And that's why, thanks to Disney, Photoshop runs on Linux.
| [...]
| And that's the main point of today's blog post.  Photoshop runs on Linux!
| Some folks out there may not want to make the move to Linux because they
| think they wouldn't be able to use Photoshop.  Not so. Photoshop runs on
| Linux!


Disney using Drupal

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| The Walt Disney Company is using Drupal for the ABC Family community website.
| ABC Family is a cable television network that they currently own. In 2002,
| Disney acquired the network from News Corp for $3.2 billion USD.



Back from vacation at Disney World and Tux Racer is all over.

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| So Iâm back form vacation and what did I see Tux Racer at every Arcade in the
| Parks. Thatâs right an Arcade version of our favorite birdâ.and it sure was
| fun to play.


Dumping Office for Google Apps

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| Google has a friend in Disney, and that could leave Microsoft screaming
| like a jilted lover.

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