Python on the renderfarm

Mike Driscoll kyosohma at
Thu Mar 6 22:51:59 CET 2008

On Mar 6, 3:35 pm, "Terry Reedy" <tjre... at> wrote:
> It is fairly well know that cinematic digital effects are most often
> rendered on *nix machines with efficient numeric code.
> But Python sometimes has a role too:  from the middile of the above link
> '''
> Tippett Studio: Linux Python Pipeline
> JET is a proprietary Python-based system comprising software tools and
> scripts used to implement a visual effects and animation pipeline. "A
> visual effects and animation pipeline is an assembly line of software used
> to organize, automate and facilitate the creation of computer-generated
> imagery", says Darling. "The JET tool is highly customizable, featuring
> XML-based user-interface templates that can be modified to suit specific
> types of artists or production needs. JET uses modular template chunks to
> perform each of the tasks in the pipeline, such as rendering or
> compositing. The templates are implemented as Python objects and are
> centrally located. JET is not only implemented entirely in Python, but it's
> also used to generate Python scripts automatically. These custom scripts
> form unique pipelines for each computer graphics job to run on the
> renderfarm."
> '''

That's neat. Phil Tippett has been one of my favorite Special Effects
people and now he's using my favorite programming language too.
Hopefully Python will make Tippett more productive than ILM!


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