Disney Animation releases their 3D/2D Assets for R&D and Education

by CGAfrica in Articles, News, Animation,

on July 6th, 2018

Disney Animation releases two production assets to be used for computer graphics research, software development, and education. 

Cloud Data Set

The first is a large and highly detailed volumetric cloud data set, intended to be used for various purposes, including movie and game production as well as research. The entire dataset is available in the "cloud" package.

Moana Island Scene

This dataset contains everything necessary to render a version of the Motunui island featured in the 2016 film “Moana”. The scene is chosen to represent some of the challenges we currently encounter in a typical production environment. Most notably it includes large amounts of geometry created through instancing as well as complex volumetric light transport. There are many other challenges which are frequently encountered in production rendering and which are not represented in this scene (examples include motion blur and a large number of light sources to name just two). Still, we hope that this will be a useful dataset for developing, testing and benchmarking new rendering algorithms.

The entire data set is broken into three packages:

  • The raw data necessary to render just one frame is available in the “Base” package.
  • The additional animation data necessary to render the entire shot is available in the “Animation” package.
  • A translation of our data into a format that can be used by pbrt is available in the “PBRT” package. This can also be generated from the "Base" package.

The scene is made up of 20 elements containing meshes with more than 90 million unique quads and triangles along with 5 million curves. Many of the primitives are instanced many times giving rise to a total of more than 28 million instances of everything from leaves and bushes to debris and rocks. When everything is fully instantiated the scene contains more than 15 billion primitives. 

You can download the files here.  For more information on Disney Animation's render Hyperion click here.


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