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Spin VFX Adopts Katana


Spin VFX has purchased a site license of The Foundry’s KATANA and will now be using the software on all its future projects. Originally developed by Sony Pictures Imageworks, KATANA enables facilities to build highly scalable and efficient lighting pipelines with an innovative recipe-based approach.

Spin VFX is the first mid-sized studio to purchase KATANA. The company has integrated the software, both during look development for asset creation, and then again as the lighting tool at the end of the pipeline.

“We are excited to implement KATANA as it provides both the stability of a larger facility pipeline and a significant increase in efficiency for a medium company such as ourselves,” said Colin Davies, VFX supervisor at Spin VFX. “KATANA is a major component that is facilitating our continued growth as a company. It’s much more than just lighting software; it’s an advanced pipeline tool that offers power and flexibility. We also use it to more easily handle large, complex scene files and most importantly, update our assets more efficiently.”

Artists can define and control look and lighting while maintaining performance with very large datasets. KATANA operates non-destructively using a rule-based approach that allows modeling, look development, animation and lighting teams to work in parallel.

“KATANA makes our pipeline a far more advanced offering,” Davies added. “We are now able to compete for a broader spectrum of work. It does this in a number of ways. Firstly, it gives us the ability to have a script-based workflow which lets us scale well on projects with big shot counts and lots of similar set ups. Secondly, handling shots with large data sets becomes simpler. There is much less effort needed to break up files and update them on an on going basis, as KATANA only loads the data you need when you need it.”

KATANA 1.0 was released in October 2011 and is already in use in production at Industrial Light and Magic, Digital Domain and Sony Pictures ImageWorks.

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