[Bf-committers] Alembic integration

Ton Roosendaal ton at blender.org
Mon Feb 18 10:24:49 CET 2013


I'm a bit worried about HDF5... their downloads are in the 20-25 Mb range.

Feasibility study #1 should be what the impact of Alembic is on our binary size. And the common distros already hate us for including so many nonstandard libs :)


Ton Roosendaal  Blender Foundation   ton at blender.org    www.blender.org
Blender Institute   Entrepotdok 57A  1018AD Amsterdam   The Netherlands

On 18 Feb, 2013, at 2:16, Jeroen Hoolmans wrote:

> Hey guys,
> I'm fairly new to the Blender codebase, but I am really interested in getting Alembic into Blender as a personal project. More information at alembic.io
> So far I got Alembic compiled on my OSX system, haven't tried windows or linux.
> Some things that I noticed right away:
> - OpenEXR's dependency ilmBase is in common with Alembic, however it has be upgraded to 1.0.3 (not sure what version is currently included).
> - It brings HDF5 as a dependency.
> - Boost 1.51.0 breaks a test of Alembic (no big deal though), Alembic was tested with 1.44 by the developers.
> I'd like to talk about the integration in Blender. Erwin94 (sorry I don't know your real name) suggested to start with extending the mesh cache modifier. Note that Alembic is not a pure Geometry cache format, it can cache the entire scene inside a single file, including lights, camera's, curves, nurbssurfaces and even custom data. 
> So I'm looking for a more general solution for integrating. 
> --Jeroen
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