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Watch how Disney makes its 3D magic

By James Lu - on 3 Aug 2015, 9:40am

Watch how Disney makes its 3D magic

In a surprisingly candid video, Disney Animation has posted what amounts to a how-to guide for their Hyperion production renderer, the 3D image rendering engine used on movies such as Big Hero 6 and Frozen.

The software revolves around "path tracing," an advanced ray tracing technique that calculates light's path as it bounces off objects in a scene.

One of the reasons Disney's animated movies look so realistic is because Hyperion is capable of producing images with indirect illumination where light is reflecting off virtual objects. Even light that reflects several times (called multi-bounce light) has an impact on the scene, incorporating subtle and not-so-subtle lighting effects.

Here's the video:

Source: Disney

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