Lessons From Disney: What is Path Tracing?

Blake Harris 08.05.2015

Between last year’s Big Hero 6 (which won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature) and next year’s Zootopia (slated for release in March 2016), Walt Disney Animation Studios appears to be back on top of their game. While memorable characters and intricate storytelling are both certainly part of Disney’s formula for success, these two films also noticeably benefit from an impressive degree of animation technology. In particular, a powerful tool called the Hyperion renderer. And to help explain why this is important, and how its capabilities can best be utilized, Disney recently produced this beautiful, filmstrip-style video:

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Blake Harris is the author of "Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo, and the Battle that Defined a Generation."
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