The Birth of Pixar

We talked a little bit today about the programming feats of Pixar used to render the hair in Brave. This video, made in 1972, is a reminder of just how revolutionary Pixar was in the world of animation. You should definitely watch the video, but this little write-up is an interesting read as well. At one point the writer explains that “the facial animation ‘took ~2.5/minutes to render each B&W frame… on hardware that was probably in the ballpark of $400,000 in 1972 dollars.’ Amazing to consider how far we’ve come. Today we render 3D that is an order of magnitude more complex in realtime (upwards of 60 frames per second) on commodity hardware.”

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