OpenUSD backed by big name alliance for 3D content standard

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OpenUSD has been backed by Pixar, Adobe, Apple, Autodesk, and Nvidia, together with the Joint Development Foundation (JDF), an affiliate of the Linux Foundation, in a move to make Pixar’s Universal Scene Description technology a standardised format for 3D scenes.

By promoting greater interoperability of 3D tools and data, the alliance will enable developers and content creators to describe, compose, and simulate large-scale 3D projects and build an ever-widening range of 3D-enabled products and services.

Created by Pixar Animation Studios, OpenUSD is a 3D scene description technology that offers robust interoperability across tools, data, and workflows. Already known for its ability to collaboratively capture artistic expression and streamline cinematic content production, its backers see OpenUSD’s power and flexibility make it an ideal content platform to embrace the needs of new industries and applications.

“OpenUSD gives 3D developers, artists, and designers the complete foundation to tackle large-scale industrial, digital content creation, and simulation workloads with broad multi-app interoperability,” said Guy Martin, director of Open Source and Standards at Nvidia.

“This alliance is a unique opportunity to accelerate OpenUSD collaboration globally by building formal standards across industries and initiatives to realise 3D worlds and industrial digitalisation.”

Gordon Bradley, fellow, Media & Entertainment, Autodesk, added: “Whether you’re building CG worlds or digital twins or looking ahead to the 3D web, content creators need a cohesive way to collaborate and share data across tools, services, and platforms.

“Autodesk is excited to support the Alliance for OpenUSD as it drives 3D interoperability for visual effects, animation, and beyond, and supports our vision to help customers design and make a better world.”