There are plenty of software options available to animators working to bring their vision to life. Film studios, though, have a larger budget and, therefore, greater flexibility in the animation process. Pixar is considered to be among the elite when it comes to the quality of computer animation – there is often at least one moment in the studio’s films that is breathtaking visually, leaving you to wonder how it was achieved. The studio utilizes its own proprietary software, which you can get a peek at after the break!
The software is called Presto, named after the memorable Doug Sweetland-directed Pixar short that stars a magician and his rabbit. The second generation of the software, written to accommodate Brave, has since then been used for Monsters University, and the currently-in-development The Good Dinosaur, and Inside Out. The studio is clearly determined to remain at the forefront of the technology, which Pixar sees as one of the methods through which to immerse the audience into its stories.
Below, watch a demonstration of Presto, a fascinating look into the powerful software Pixar’s animators have at their disposal: