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DreamWorks Animation will open source its MoonRay renderer later this season

DreamWorks has been open sourcing a few of its technology recently, and today its animation division is getting ready to make more tools freely available. DreamWorks Animation said it’ll release its MoonRay ray-tracing renderer as open-source software later this season. As The Hollywood Reporter notes, DreamWorks will offer you up its Arras cloud rendering framework in the code base too.

We have been thrilled to talk about with the over 10 years of innovation and development on MoonRays vectorized, threaded, parallel and distributed code base, Andrew Pearce, DreamWorks vice president of global technology said in a statement. The appetite for rendering at scale grows every year, and MoonRay is defined to meet that require. We be prepared to start to see the code base grow stronger with community involvement as DreamWorks continues to show our commitment to open source.”

DreamWorks used MoonRay in movies including How exactly to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, Croods: A FRESH Age and The CRIMINALS, and also the upcoming Puss In Boots: THE FINAL Wish. It certainly is welcome to see proprietary software being exposed for anyone to utilize. Whether dedicated hobbyists can make animation on par with the grade of visuals DreamWorks knocks out remains to be observed, but at the very least they’ll have another helpful tool to increase their belt. If you are interested, it is possible to ask to be looked at for early usage of MoonRay or join updates.

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