SplutterFish LLC, has developed a bitmap I/O plug-in for use in Discreet's 3ds max and Autodesk Viz, in support of OpenEXR, a new open-source, high-dynamic-range image file format developed by Industrial Light & Magic.
OpenEXR defines a flexible, efficient and extensible image file Format, which includes a new, high-precision, 16-bit half-float image description that offers a greater dynamic range than existing 8- and 10-bit file formats. ILM released the format code in January to the open source community to serve as an industry standard for computer imaging applications. It is rapidly gaining support from professional computer graphics hardware and software vendors, as well as practitioners in the digital content community. OpenEXR has been in use on HULK, GANGS OF NEW YORK, MEN IN BLACK II, HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE and SIGNS.
The OpenEXR plug-in for 3ds max and Autodesk VIZ is currently available from SplutterFish and can be downloaded, free-of-charge, from www.splutterfish.com/download. Additional technical information on OpenEXR is available at www.openexr.org. SplutterFish, established in 2001, is a Venice, Calif.-based software provider of 3D rendering tools.