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Developed by Sony Pictures Imageworks, Open Shading Language is the de facto standard shading language for VFX and animation

LOS ANGELES, CA, April 16, 2020 – The Academy Software Foundation (ASWF), a collaborative effort to advance open source software development in the motion picture and media industries, announced that Open Shading Language (OSL) has been approved as the Foundation’s sixth hosted project. Initially developed by Sony Pictures Imageworks, Open Shading Language is the de facto standard shading language for VFX and animation and was recognized with an Academy Scientific and Technical Award in 2017.

OSL was released as open source in 2010 so it could be used by other visual effects and animation studios and rendering software vendors. It has since become the main embedded language in several industry-standard renderers, and it has been used in 100+ films including Spider-Man: Far From Home, The Angry Birds Movie 2, and Men in Black: International.

“Over the past ten years, Open Shading Language has grown to become a critical component of the vfx and animation ecosystem, widely used in production and embedded into several industry-standard renderers,” said Rob Bredow, SVP, Executive Creative Director and Head of Industrial Light & Magic, and Governing Board Chair of Academy Software Foundation. “Many of our members and projects rely on and support OSL, so it’s a natural fit for the Foundation. We look forward to working with the OSL community and supporting the project’s continued development and growth.”

OSL is a small, but rich, language for programmable shading in advanced renderers and other applications, ideal for describing materials, lights, displacement, and pattern generation. It is embedded in many commercial products and used as a dependency in other open source projects. A full list of renderers and other systems utilizing OSL is available here.

“We have seen firsthand how other projects have grown as part of the Academy Software Foundation, and we believe that joining the Foundation is the next step to help us expand the Open Shading Language community,” said Larry Gritz, Software Engineering Architect at Sony Pictures Imageworks and Open Shading Language founder and chief architect. “We have some major development efforts underway, including bringing OSL to a full GPU ray traced implementation, and the additional resources, support, and increased community involvement that the Foundation facilitates will be highly beneficial.”

The Academy Software Foundation will maintain and further develop the project with oversight provided by a technical steering committee. All newly accepted projects, including Open Shading Language, start in incubation while they work to meet the high standards of the Academy Software Foundation and later graduate to full adoption. This allows the Academy Software Foundation to consider and support projects at different levels of maturity and industry adoption, as long as they align with the Foundation’s mission to increase the quality and quantity of contributions to the content creation industry’s open source software base.

Developers interested in learning more or contributing to Open Shading Language can sign up to join the mailing list.

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About the Academy Software Foundation

Developed in partnership by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Linux Foundation, the Academy Software Foundation was created to ensure a healthy open source community by providing a neutral forum for open source software developers in the motion picture and broader media industries to share resources and collaborate on technologies for image creation, visual effects, animation and sound. The Academy Software Foundation is home to OpenVDB, OpenColorIO, OpenEXR, OpenCue, OpenTimelineIO, and Open Shading Language. For more information about the Academy Software Foundation, visit https://www.aswf.io/.

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AMD Joins Academy Software Foundation as a Premier Member

DockYard joins as a General member

LOS ANGELES, CA, August 16, 2020 – The Academy Software Foundation (ASWF), a collaborative effort to advance open source software development in the motion picture and media industries, a neutral forum for open source software development in the motion picture and media industries, today announced that AMD has joined the Foundation as a Premier member and DockYard as a General member.

The Academy Software Foundation also announced today that Open Shading Language (OSL) has joined as the Foundation’s sixth hosted project. Initially developed by Sony Pictures Imageworks, Open Shading Language is the de facto standard shading language for VFX and animation and was recognized with an Academy Scientific and Technical Award in 2017.  You can read the announcement here: Open Shading Language Joins Academy Software Foundation.

“We passed our goals of $1M in funding and five new projects in our first year; now we are pleased to welcome AMD and DockYard as new members, and Open Shading Language as our sixth Foundation project. We look forward to working with AMD and DockYard, and leveraging their expertise in graphics, rendering, and software development,” said David Morin, Executive Director of the Academy Software Foundation. “Today, our Foundation is strong and our community of engineers is committed. We are ready to face the COVID-19 pandemic and do our part, which is to continue growing the open source model in the motion picture industry so that anyone can use or contribute to our projects from wherever they are, safely at home now or later back at work. We are ready to welcome more projects, host discussions about new projects, and help our open source community of engineers wherever they are in the motion picture industry. We will get through this storm and emerge on the other side, stronger together.

Member Quotes:

AMD:

“Feature film visual effects and post production are areas of significant focus and interest to us. At AMD, we have a long history of supporting and contributing to open source communities, and we are elated to support the Academy Software Foundation,” said James Knight, VFX & Virtual Production Director, AMD. “With the ever-increasing use of AMD’s CPUs in the motion picture industry, and as we collaborate with more and more studios, we feel it is imperative to help drive best practices as a major technology provider. It’s encouraging to see the Academy Software Foundation membership grow, and we are humbled and grateful to be a part of it.” 

DockYard:

“The motion picture and media industries are ripe for the development of digital experiences that not only captivate viewers, but also empower their teams to continue to make ‘movie magic’,” said Jon Lacks, CEO of DockYard, a digital product consultancy. “As evangelists of the open-source community, we’re thrilled to support the Academy Software Foundation in its mission to establish best practices for technology collaboration within the entertainment industry.”

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 About the Academy Software Foundation

Developed in partnership by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Linux Foundation, the Academy Software Foundation was created to ensure a healthy open source community by providing a neutral forum for open source software developers in the motion picture and broader media industries to share resources and collaborate on technologies for image creation, visual effects, animation and sound. The Academy Software Foundation is home to OpenVDB, OpenColorIO, OpenEXR, OpenCue, OpenTimelineIO, and Open Shading Language. For more information about the Academy Software Foundation, visit https://www.aswf.io

 

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LOS ANGELES, CA, September 13, 2019 – The Academy Software Foundation,  a collaborative effort to advance open source software development in the motion picture and media industries, today announced that Microsoft has joined the Foundation as a Premier member.

“Studios and vendors across the motion picture industry have come together in support of the Academy Software Foundation, and their commitment has fueled our growth,” said David Morin, Executive Director of the Academy Software Foundation. “We are pleased to welcome Microsoft to the Academy Software Foundation. Their membership helps us hit a significant milestone as we surpass $1M in annual funding, a solid financial base that we will use to support our open source projects, the software engineers that develop them, and the open source community in general.”

Launched in August 2018 by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Linux Foundation, the Academy Software Foundation provides a neutral forum for open source software developers to share resources and collaborate on technologies for image creation, visual effects, animation and sound.

“At Microsoft, our mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more, and it’s this mission that drives our commitment to open source,” said Tad Brockway, corporate vice president, Azure Storage, Media and Edge, Microsoft Corp. “We’re excited to become a member of the Academy Software Foundation and work together with the industry’s open source community to bring the latest cloud technologies to the Foundation and its projects.”

Microsoft is committed to supporting innovation across the media and entertainment industry by bringing its cloud platforms to bear to help studios unlock creativity and collaboration, bring content to market faster and engage and monetize audiences. As a Foundation member, Microsoft will dedicate engineering resources to support Foundation-hosted projects and will assume roles on the Academy Software Foundation Governing Board and on its Technical Advisory Council (TAC). 

About the Academy Software Foundation
Developed in partnership by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Linux Foundation, the Academy Software Foundation provides a neutral forum for open source software developers in the motion picture and broader media industries to share resources and collaborate on technologies for image creation, visual effects, animation and sound. The Foundation is home to OpenVDB, OpenColorIO, OpenEXR, OpenCue, and OpenTimelineIO.  For more information or to get involved in the Academy Software Foundation, visit ASWF.io.

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Academy Software Foundation
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LOS ANGELES, CA, September 13, 2019 – The Academy Software Foundation, a collaborative effort to advance open source software development in the motion picture and media industries, today announced that Apple has joined the Foundation as a Premier member.

“Filmmakers everywhere use Apple products. We are delighted to welcome Apple as a new member, and we look forward to working with them to ensure that our open source projects run well on Apple software platforms,” said David Morin, Executive Director of the Academy Software Foundation.

Launched in August 2018 by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Linux Foundation, ASWF provides a neutral forum for open source software developers to share resources and collaborate on technologies for image creation, visual effects, animation, and sound.

“To support the continued growth of open source software across our industry, we have the privilege of providing developers with tools that make it easier to contribute code and participate in the community,” said Rob Bredow, Executive Creative Director and Head of Industrial Light & Magic, and Governing Board Chair of Academy Software Foundation. “One of these tools is the Academy Software Foundation’s Continuous Integration (CI) build infrastructure, which streamlines development for build and runtime environments. With Apple as a new member, we hope to work with them to improve support for Apple platforms, which will continue to democratize open source software development.”

About the Academy Software Foundation
Developed in partnership by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Linux Foundation, the Academy Software Foundation provides a neutral forum for open source software developers in the motion picture and broader media industries to share resources and collaborate on technologies for image creation, visual effects, animation and sound. The Foundation is home to OpenVDB, OpenColorIO, OpenEXR, OpenCue, and OpenTimelineIO.  For more information or to get involved in the Academy Software Foundation, visit ASWF.io.

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Academy Software Foundation
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Academy Software Foundation Announces Amazon Web Services as a New Premier Member

Rodeo FX and MovieLabs join as General and Associate members

LOS ANGELES, CA, July 29, 2019 – The Academy Software Foundation (ASWF), a neutral forum for open source software development in the motion picture and media industries, today announced that Amazon Web Services has joined the Foundation as a Premier member, Rodeo FX as a General member, and MovieLabs as an Associate member.

“We are pleased to welcome Amazon Web Services as a new Premier member. Many open source projects and developers rely on cloud services from AWS for content creation and production. We look forward to their contributions as our projects continue to evolve and grow,” said David Morin, Executive Director of Academy Software Foundation. “We are also excited to have Rodeo FX and MovieLabs join our community. Rodeo FX has a deep expertise in visual effects and developing artist-driven tools that will be beneficial as our Foundation continues to grow. MovieLabs has a history of bringing together studios and tech companies to develop common technology goals, which aligns with our goal of driving collaboration and shared development of open source technologies across the motion picture and media industries.”

Launched last August at SIGGRAPH 2018 by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Linux Foundation, the Academy Software Foundation provides a neutral forum for open source software developers to share resources and collaborate on technologies for image creation, visual effects, animation and sound.

“Our membership has almost doubled since we launched the Academy Software Foundation a year ago, and we’re grateful that both studios and software vendors are seeing the value in having a neutral home for collaboration and shared development of open source software,” said Rob Bredow, SVP, Executive Creative Director and Head of Industrial Light & Magic, and Governing Board Chair of Academy Software Foundation. “Amazon Web Services, Rodeo FX, and MovieLabs are welcome additions to our community, and we look forward to their contributions as we continue to grow.”

SIGGRAPH 2019 Open Source Day
All SIGGRAPH 2019 attendees are invited to “Open Source Day,” hosted by Academy Software Foundation on July 30 at the JW Marriott in Los Angeles. The event is a full day of Birds of a Feather (BoF) sessions focused on open source projects used for visual effects, animation, and image creation – Academy Software Foundation, OpenVDB, OpenCue, OpenEXR, Rez, OpenTimelineIO, ACES, OpenColorIO, Open Shading Language, and MaterialX. Additional details are available here.

 Member Quotes:

“AWS is excited to be joining the Academy Software Foundation (ASWF) to help support open standards in the visual effects and animation industry. With a variety of workloads from Media & Entertainment customers already running on AWS, we look forward to contributing to ASWF projects and initiatives to help studios continue their success using open source technology and open standards effectively on the cloud.”

  • Will McDonald, Principal Product Manager, AWS Thinkbox, Amazon.com Services, Inc.

“Rodeo FX is excited to be joining the Academy Software Foundation and further supporting its commitment towards the advancement of open-source software in the visual effects industry. Our work relies heavily on the ability to share between different studios, multiple vendors, and across a variety of software and platforms. Open standards makes this type of collaboration possible and allows our artists to focus less on technical hurdles and more on the creative challenges of bringing the best image to the screen. We look forward to working with the Academy Software Foundation and its members to help shape the future of open-source software in our industry.”

  • Jordan Soles, VP Technology and Development, Rodeo FX

“MovieLabs believes that the future of content creation lies in software-defined workflows for image and sound creation and rendering. Open source software, like the VFX Reference Platform, has proven immensely valuable to our industry in establishing common tools and formats. We’re excited by the opportunity to work with the Academy Software Foundation to enable new forms of content production and distribution.”

  • Jim Helman, Chief Technology Officer, MovieLabs

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About the Academy Software Foundation
Developed in partnership by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Linux Foundation, the Academy Software Foundation provides a neutral forum for open source software developers in the motion picture and broader media industries to share resources and collaborate on technologies for image creation, visual effects, animation and sound. The Foundation is home to OpenColorIO, OpenCue, OpenEXR, and OpenVDB.  For more information or to get involved in the Academy Software Foundation, visit ASWF.io.

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LOS ANGELES, CA, July 29, 2019 – The Academy Software Foundation (ASWF), a neutral forum for open source software development in the motion picture and media industries, today announced that Netflix has joined the Foundation as a member.

The Academy Software Foundation also announced today that OpenTimelineIO has been accepted as a Foundation-hosted project and is one of the first projects Netflix will contribute to as a member of the Foundation. Initially created by Pixar Animation Studios, OpenTimelineIO (OTIO) is an Open Source API and interchange format that facilitates collaboration and communication of editorial data and timeline information between a studio’s Story, Editorial, and Production departments all the way through Post-Production. You can read more about the announcement here.

“Netflix’s deep expertise in streaming media needs no introduction, but it is lesser known that Netflix also has a strong commitment to open source software, having open sourced many projects already, and contributing to many more” said David Morin, Executive Director of the Academy Software Foundation. “We are pleased to welcome Netflix into our community, and we look forward to their involvement and contributions to ASWF projects, including OpenTimelineIO, which we are pleased to announce is now a Foundation project.”

Erik Strauss, Netflix Director of Post-Production Engineering, said: “We’re thrilled to join the Academy Software Foundation and look forward to extending our collaboration with peers and partners on innovative software projects, such as OTIO, which are the cornerstone of digital production.”

“We are pleased to see Netflix join the Academy Software Foundation. As a founding member, we have watched the Foundation’s projects flourish with the support of the community, which is why we submitted OpenTimelineIO to the Foundation,” said Guido Quaroni, Vice President of Research and Development at Pixar. “Netflix has been an active contributor of OpenTimelineIO, and we look forward to their continued support and collaboration as a Foundation member.”

Launched in August 2018 by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Linux Foundation, Academy Software Foundation provides a neutral forum for open source software developers to share resources and collaborate on technologies for image creation, visual effects, animation and sound.

SIGGRAPH 2019 Open Source Day
All SIGGRAPH 2019 attendees are invited to “Open Source Day,” hosted by Academy Software Foundation on July 30 at the JW Marriott in Los Angeles. The event is a full day of Birds of a Feather (BoF) sessions focused on open source projects used for visual effects, animation, and image creation – Academy Software Foundation, OpenVDB, OpenCue, OpenEXR, Rez, OpenTimelineIO, ACES, OpenColorIO, Open Shading Language, and MaterialX. Additional details are available here.

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 About the Academy Software Foundation
Developed in partnership by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Linux Foundation, the Academy Software Foundation provides a neutral forum for open source software developers in the motion picture and broader media industries to share resources and collaborate on technologies for image creation, visual effects, animation and sound. The Foundation is home to OpenColorIO, OpenCue, OpenEXR, OpenTimelineIO, and OpenVDB.  For more information or to get involved in the Academy Software Foundation, visit ASWF.io.

The Linux Foundation has registered trademarks and uses trademarks. For a list of trademarks of The Linux Foundation, please see our trademark usage page: https://www.linuxfoundation.org/trademark-usage. Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds.

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Academy Software Foundation
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Created at Pixar Animation Studios, OpenTimelineIO is an open source interchange format for editorial timeline information

LOS ANGELES, CA, July 29, 2019 – The Academy Software Foundation (ASWF), a neutral forum for open source software development in the motion picture and media industries, today announced that OpenTimelineIO has been accepted by the Academy Software Foundation’s Technical Advisory Council (TAC) as the fifth Foundation-hosted project. Initially created by Pixar Animation Studios, OpenTimelineIO (OTIO) is an Open Source API and interchange format that facilitates collaboration and communication of editorial data and timeline information between a studio’s Story, Editorial, and Production departments all the way through Post-Production. Since 2016, there have been eleven OTIO releases with contributions from many studios and vendors including Pixar, Lucasfilm and Netflix. It has been used in production for films including Coco, Incredibles 2, and Toy Story 4.

“Picture-less data produced by editorial departments is very useful across the pipeline. We developed OpenTimelineIO to provide an open source alternative to proprietary formats and enable our community to easily and efficiently interchange editorial timelines,” said Guido Quaroni, Vice President of Research and Development at Pixar. “As an Academy Software Foundation project, we hope OpenTimelineIO can help facilitate content creation within the motion picture and other similar industries.”

OTIO makes it easier to build tools that use editorial timeline information, filling a gap in film production pipelines that was previously underserved by similar, proprietary technologies. It supports clips, timing, tracks, transitions, markers, and metadata in an API that is easy for studios to integrate with their tools and for vendors to integrate with their software. Use cases include tracking shot length changes, providing context shots in dailies, communicating shots added or removed, conforming new renders into a cut, and dealing with picture-in-picture shots.

“OpenTimelineIO is quickly becoming a part of an industry standard editorial pipeline, both within and between animation studios, visual effects studios, and third-party vendors,” said David Morin, Executive Director of the Academy Software Foundation. “With the support of the broader Academy Software Foundation community, we hope the ecosystem of third-party tools that support OpenTimelineIO will grow, making it easier for users to integrate it into their pipelines.”

Erik Strauss, Netflix Director of Post-Production Engineering, added “collaborating with a diverse community of creative partners and service providers demands a precise and uniform way to store and exchange the relationships between media assets in a timeline. We are excited to be able to contribute to OTIO as an opportunity to improve the interchange of this essential production data, and standardize its authoring for our community of filmmakers. As an active OpenTimelineIO contributor, we are very excited to see it become an Academy Software Foundation project, and as a new Foundation member, we look forward to working with the rest of the community to grow the project.”

The Academy Software Foundation will maintain and further develop the project with oversight provided by a technical steering committee. OpenTimelineIO joins OpenColorIO, OpenCue, OpenEXR, and OpenVDB as projects in the incubation stage at the Academy Software Foundation. All newly accepted projects start in incubation while they work to meet the high standards of the Academy Software Foundation and later graduate to full adoption. This allows the Academy Software Foundation to consider and support projects at different levels of maturity and industry adoption, as long as they align with the Foundation’s mission to increase the quality and quantity of contributions to the content creation industry’s open source software base.

Developers interested in learning more or contributing to OpenTimelineIO can sign up to join the OTIO mailing list or attend the OpenTimelineIO Meet-Up at SIGGRAPH 2019 on Tuesday, July 30, from 1-2pm in the JW Marriott, Diamond Ballroom 7-10. The OpenTimelineIO Meet-Up is part of the Academy Software Foundation’s “Open Source Day” on July 30, a full day of Birds of a Feather (BoF) sessions focused on open source projects used for visual effects, animation, and image creation. Additional details are available here.

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About the Academy Software Foundation
Developed in partnership by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Linux Foundation, the Academy Software Foundation provides a neutral forum for open source software developers in the motion picture and broader media industries to share resources and collaborate on technologies for image creation, visual effects, animation and sound. The Foundation is home to OpenColorIO, OpenCue, OpenEXR, OpenTimelineIO, and OpenVDB.  For more information or to get involved in the Academy Software Foundation, visit ASWF.io.

The Linux Foundation has registered trademarks and uses trademarks. For a list of trademarks of The Linux Foundation, please see our trademark usage page: https://www.linuxfoundation.org/trademark-usage. Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds.

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Academy Software Foundation
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Open Source Color Management Solution Developed by Sony Pictures Imageworks
Becomes Second Academy Software Foundation Project

LOS ANGELES, CA, February 8, 2019 – The Academy Software Foundation (ASWF), a neutral forum for open source software development in the motion picture and media industries hosted at the Linux Foundation, today announced that OpenColorIO (OCIO) has been approved as the Foundation’s second hosted project. Initially developed by Sony Pictures Imageworks, OCIO is an Academy Scientific and Technical Award winning color management solution for creating and displaying consistent images across multiple content creation applications during visual effects and animation production.

“OpenColorIO is one of the fundamental open source projects in the motion picture industry, and it has become a critical resource for the entire visual effects (VFX) and animation community,” said David Morin, Executive Director of the Academy Software Foundation at the Linux Foundation. “Many developers across the industry already contribute to OpenColorIO, and we hope to make it easier for them to do so.”

OCIO is a fundamental tool for animation and VFX production and has been used on dozens of feature films including Spider-Man™: Into the Spider-Verse, Spider-Man™: Homecoming, Hotel Transylvania 3, Ghostbusters, Alice in Wonderland, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Surf’s Up, and Watchmen.

“OpenColorIO has always been a resource for the entire VFX/animation community, with many outside contributions and commits,” said Michael Ford, Vice President, Head of Software Development at Sony Pictures Imageworks. “We want to contribute OpenColorIO back to the community that relies on it, and the Academy Software Foundation is the natural fit. The developers and companies that use it every day will guide the project roadmap, starting with the features and release cadence for the new 2.0 version.”

Based on development started in 2003, OCIO enables color transforms and image display to be handled in a consistent manner across multiple graphics applications including compositors, image playback tools, renderers and color grading. It is compatible with the Academy Color Encoding System (ACES) and is natively supported in commercial applications like Katana, Mari, Nuke, and Silhouette FX, among others.

Launched in August 2018 by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Linux Foundation, Academy Software Foundation provides a neutral forum for open source software developers to share resources and collaborate on technologies for image creation, visual effects, animation and sound. The Foundation is also home to OpenVDB, an Academy Scientific and Technical Award winning industry standard developed by DreamWorks Animation for creating more detailed and realistic volumetric images.

The Academy Software Foundation will maintain and further develop the project with oversight provided by a technical steering committee. Developers interested in learning more or contributing to OpenColorIO can sign up to join the mailing list at ocio-dev@googlegroups.com or join the Slack channel at https://opencolorio.slack.com

About the Academy Software Foundation
Developed in partnership by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Linux Foundation, the Academy Software Foundation was created to ensure a healthy open source community by providing a neutral forum for open source software developers in the motion picture and broader media industries to share resources and collaborate on technologies for image creation, visual effects, animation and sound. For more information about the Academy Software Foundation, visit https://www.aswf.io/.

About the Linux Foundation
The Linux Foundation is the organization of choice for the world’s top developers and companies to build ecosystems that accelerate open technology development and industry adoption. Together with the worldwide open source community, it is solving the hardest technology problems by creating the largest shared technology investment in history. Founded in 2000, The Linux Foundation today provides tools, training and events to scale any open source project, which together deliver an economic impact not achievable by any one company. More information can be found at www.linuxfoundation.org.

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