Y-FILM DELIVERS TOOLS FOR PROFESSIONAL VFX PRODUCTION SHOPS
RENO, Nevada - 13 November 2007 - From the show floor of Supercomputing 07, Terra Soft debuts Y-Film, a powerful suite of VFX management and productivity tools coupled with DNA's 3Delight RenderMan compliant render engine, Cluster Resources' Moab, and Terra Soft's Y-HPC cluster construction suite. Y-Film leverages two decades experience in the Hollywood VFX industry through the integration of a robust Asset Manager, a Workflow Pipeline, an Artist Productivity Tool suite, and an end-to-end Color Management System.
"Boutique studios are often founded by very talented artists and technicians who are hampered by a lack of time and funding to develop their own pipeline. They may be able to purchase a small renderfarm on the budget of their first breakthrough project, but without an automated system they waste valuable time producing renders, composites, slates, and movies through countless mouse clicks and key strokes. The talent they bring to their otherwise flexible studio is diminished by an error prone, manual effort for what could be an automated, routine task," offers Scott Frankel, Visual Effects Supervisor of Circle-S Studios and lead developer of the Y-Film Asset Management Suite.
Terra Soft and Frankel have integrated the Circle-S asset management and productivity tools with the cross-architecture, cross-platform Y-HPC cluster construction suite for an industry unique product offering. Coupled With plugins for Maya, mental ray, RenderMan, and Shake, Y-Film provides appliance-like simplicity to computer graphics.
Frankel concludes, "Born in the demanding environment of a boutique studio in an industry that does not accept late projects, Y-Film offers tools that are not an option, but a necessity for everyone involved in successful VFX production."
Following his work with with ILM and ESC, Frankel spent several years in code development for his VFX company Circle-S Studios. The result is an industry unique tool suite which ties the artist's workstation to the back-end renderfarm, providing asset management and task scheduling, integrated color management, a pipeline workflow system, and a suite of artist productivity tools.
"We anticipate an aggressive adoption of Y-Film in the VFX industry, by start-ups who desire a turn-key solution, by established boutiques who recognize the value in this level of automation, and by larger, top-tier players when Y-Film is coupled with near-future, advanced hardware offerings. In the mean time, we are excited by our already forming beta site deployment phase," states Kai Staats, CEO Terra Soft Solutions.
Y-Film streamlines the production of computer graphics imaging from Windows and OSX desktops to a high performance Linux render farm. Robust, scalable, and flexible, Y-Film offers a powerful set of features and benefits.
- Robust Asset Management.
- Automated Workflow Pipeline.
- Integration with the TORQUE resource manager.
- Artist Productivity Tool Suite.
- End-to-end Color Management System.
- Frame expression language for fine render control.
- Bundled with 3Delight, a RenderMan compliant render engine.
- Bundled with Moab cluster manager.
- Cross architecture: Power 32/64-bit, x86-64.
- Portable, powerful: Built upon Python.
- Efficient: Reduce needless errors in render workflow.
- Cross platform: Supports multiple Linux operating systems.
- Industry standard: Plug-ins integrate Autodesk's Maya, mental Images' "mental ray", and Apple's Shake.
- Ease of Deployment: Available as a stand-alone RPM or deployed cluster-wide via a Y-HPC node image.
- Built upon open source: Leverages SQL database engine.
- Robust, scalable: Supports massive, concurrent transactions.
Y-Film will include bundle options for DNA's 3Delight, a RenderMan compliant render engine, Cluster Resources' Moab Cluster Suite, and forthcoming workstation and compute engine standards. Under contract with Terra Soft, 3Delight was recently ported to the Power architecture and Yellow Dog Linux with suppoort for IBM QS21 blades, Mercury Cell systems, and Sony's PS3 and forthcoming Cell Computing Board.
Y-Film is slated for release with the close of Q1 2008.
About Cluster Resources
Cluster Resources, Inc. (www.clusterresources.com) is a leading provider of workload and resource management software and services for cluster, grid and utility-based computing environments. With more than a decade of industry experience, Cluster Resources delivers products and services that enable organizations to understand, control, and fully optimize their compute resources. The company’s flagship Moab® software unifies the view and management of heterogeneous hardware and workload, provides exacting control over resources and the policies governing them, and delivers consistent 90-99% CPU utilization.
About Scott Frankel
Scott Frankel is founding partner and Visual Effects Supervisor of Circle-S Studios and lead developer of the Y-Film Asset Management Tool Suite. Prior to Circle-S, Frankel was Digital Effects Supervisor for ESC Entertainment where he completed the final two Matrix films. For ten years prior, Frankel was the Compositing Supervisor for Industrial Light & Magic. In 2002 he was nominated by the Visual Effects Society for Best Compositing in a Motion Picture for Dreamwork's "Minority Report." Frankel is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; and the Association for Computing Machinery, the Visual Effects Society, and Film Arts Foundation.
About Terra Soft Solutions, Inc.
As the recognized leader in Linux for Power since 1999, Terra Soft provides Yellow Dog Linux board support for Power architecture chip vendors and OEMs; turn-key, integrated solutions built upon IBM, Mercury, and Sony systems; and cross-architecture Linux applications for high performance computing, including Y-HPC Cluster Construction Suite and the Y-Film Asset Management System.
For more information, visit http://www.terrasoftsolutions.com
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