+ The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Dreamworks is releasing OpenVDB for free. The studio released onto the open market one of the primary tools used to create "Rise of the Guardians," a $145 million animated film set to hit theaters Wednesday. OpenVDB is an open source C++ library comprising a novel hierarchical
data structure and a suite of tools for the efficient storage and
manipulation of sparse volumetric data discretized on three-dimensional
grids. It is developed and maintained by DreamWorks Animation for use in
volumetric applications typically encountered in feature film
production. OpenVDB will be fully integrated into the next major release of Houdini, the high-end 3D animation package from Side Effects Software. This release will include a suite of nodes for sparse volume processing.
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