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The mission of the Academy Software Foundation (ASWF) is to increase the quality and quantity of contributions to the content creation industry’s open source software base; to provide a neutral forum to coordinate cross-project efforts; to provide a common build and test infrastructure; and to provide individuals and organizations a clear path to participation in advancing our open source ecosystem.

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We are always looking for developers, engineers, end users, and others who may be interested in participating in our projects. There are many levels of contribution –  both technical and non-technical. If you are interested in helping support the industry’s open source community, and want to join a diverse and inclusive community, we encourage you to get involved.



November 16, 2021 in Announcements, Blog, OpenTimelineIO

Project Update: OpenTimelineIO Beta 14 Released, with Improved Automation

Screen shot of the new OTIO to SVG adapter in action The Beta 14 release of OpenTimelineIO (OTIO) is officially available for download! This update notably adds greater automation and support for the latest versions of Python as recommended by the VFX Reference Platform. New features in Beta 14 include:…
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November 8, 2021 in Announcements, Blog, OpenVDB

Project Update: OpenVDB Version 9.0.0 Available Now; Introduces GPU Support

Ray tracing in PBRT using NanoVDB OpenVDB – the Academy Award-winning C++ library for efficient representation and simulation of volumetric effects like water, fire, smoke, and clouds – has officially released version 9.0.0! This significant release introduces notable updates including: The official release of NanoVDB, which for the first time…
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October 13, 2021 in Announcements, Blog

Academy Software Foundation Announces Formation of Rust Working Group, Initial Release of OpenEXR Rust Binding

The Academy Software Foundation (ASWF) is pleased to announce the formation of the Rust Working Group, dedicated to creating a foundation for C and Rust bindings for C++ libraries used by the media and entertainment industry. Rust is a fast and flexible open source programming language designed specifically for safe…
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August 13, 2021 in Announcements, Blog, Diversity & Inclusion

Lessons from ASWF’s Careers in Film & Technology Webinar Series

Our recent Careers in Film + Technology webinar series gathered developers and engineers from top Hollywood studios to give students an inside look at different career paths in visual effects and animation. Curated by ASWF’s Diversity and Inclusion working group, the 6-part series fostered informative discussions about how the speakers…
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August 3, 2021 in Announcements, Blog, Members, Open Source Days

Academy Software Foundation Welcomes Maxon as a General Member

ASWF Now Counts 32 Members, Strengthening Open Source Tools Development and Industry Standards Los Angeles, CA (August 2, 2021) – Today the Academy Software Foundation (ASWF), the preeminent organization for open source software development in the motion picture and media industries, announced the addition of new general member: Maxon. The…
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July 29, 2021 in Announcements, ASWF Projects, Blog, OpenEXR

Project Update: OpenEXR v3.1 Available Now

OpenEXR,  the professional-grade, high-dynamic-range image storage format of the motion picture industry and a project at the Academy Software Foundation, has officially released version 3.1. This new version can be downloaded from https://github.com/AcademySoftwareFoundation/openexr/releases. OpenEXR v3.1 includes significant new features, including a new library, OpenEXRCore.This is the result of a significant…
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