Original Letter Of Intent (cleaned up a bit)


Jeremy Selan <jeremy...@...>
 

Color Folks,

Sony Imageworks is planning to open-source our color pipeline, and
we'd like your feedback.

Our hope is not to re-invent the wheel, but to help facilitate color
interchange between vfx / animation houses, and to standardize image
visualizations / transformations across tools. Many of you personally
deal with this pain on a daily basis, and I'm pretty sure no one
considers it a solved problem.

Note:
Our goal is NOT to push our internal pipeline eccentricities on other
facilities. Rather, our hope is that if 95% of what we've done is
generic enough to support arbitrary pipelines -- as we believe it is
-- the time is ripe to lay down a standard which could make everyone's
lives easier.

So what are we looking from you?

We would love your honest, unfiltered feedback:
* Is this project conceptually useful to your organization?
* Would you use it? (or recommend using it?)
* Are there design choices we've made that limit its usefulness?
* Are there commercial tools you'd like us to work on support
for?
* Do you know of something better (open source), which we're not
aware of?
* Are you interested in getting early versions of the library?

I am including 3 attachments:

* A project overview / FAQ
* The C++ header for our current library
* The XML configuration for our default "visual effects" color setup

NOTE: The latter two documents are NOT the final spec for the library,
and have not been de-imageworks-ified". But, both files are a good
staring point to get everyone on the same page. (They are in fact our
'live' production code / configuration).

Please do not hesitate to contact me personally if you'd prefer that
route over open email feedback.

Regards,
Jeremy Selan


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