Monday, November 12, 2007

Linux Goes Hollywood With New Terra Soft Film Rendering Tool

Creating modern digital visual effects in movies is not an easy process. The job falls on clusters of computers called "render farms." Terra Soft, developer of the Yellow Dog Linux distro, says its new offering, Y-Film, is designed to significantly streamline the task, bringing a more efficient process to large studios and putting glossy effects within easier reach of smaller ones.

Terra Soft Solutions, the developer of Yellow Dog Linux, has teamed up with Circle-S Studios to create Y-Film, a suite of VFX (visual effects) management and productivity tools coupled with DNA Research's 3Delight RenderMan compliant rendering engine and Terra Soft's Y-HPC cluster construction suite.

Terra Soft will display the alpha version of its new product Tuesday at the Supercomputing Expo in Reno, Nev. However, the product will not ship until the second quarter of 2008, according to Kai Staats, CEO of Terra Soft Solutions.

Y-Film is a product formed from two separate applications. The first is a cluster construction suite supported by Terra Soft's Y-HPC platform. The second is the Artist Productivity and Asset Management Tools developed by Scott Frankel, president and VFX supervisor at Circle-S Studios and the lead developer of Y-Film. The tool set runs on x86 Linux, Power Linux and Mac OS X.
Terra Soft is now forming a beta site for the deployment phase of Y-Film. Information about Y-Film is available here.

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