has been in recent years, and now the animation division is preparing to make more tools freely available. DreamWorks Animation said it will release its MoonRay ray-tracing renderer as open-source software later this year. As notes, DreamWorks will also offer its Arras cloud rendering framework in the code base.
“We’re excited to share more than 10 years of innovation and development on MoonRay’s vectorized, threaded, parallel and distributed codebase with the industry,” said Andrew Pearce, DreamWorks vice president of global technology. . “The demand for scaling is growing every year and MoonRay will meet that need. We expect the codebase to grow stronger with community engagement as DreamWorks continues to demonstrate our commitment to open source.”
DreamWorks used MoonRay in movies, including: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, Croods: A New Age and the bad guys, as well as the coming Puss In Boots: The Last Wish. It is always welcome to see proprietary software being opened up for use by all. Whether dedicated hobbyists can create animation comparable to the quality of the visuals DreamWorks turns off remains to be seen, but at least they’ll be able to add another useful tool to their belt. If you’re interested, to qualify for early access to MoonRay or to sign up for updates.
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