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'Tears of Steel' Original 4K Footage Available for Download



The Blender Foundation has released over 4 terabytes of Ultra-HD footage from Tears of Steel under a CC-BY license. Their previous movies have all become standard demo material for HD equipment, and I'm convinced you will see this footage everywhere in the Ultra-HD market this year.

Ton Roosendaal writes:

Thanks to our friends at we now can offer everyone access to the original source footage of Tears of Steel.

You’ll find something like 80,000 frames, each in OpenEXR half float files, in 4096 x 2160 pixels. This is 5 times more footage than used in the film, including unused shots, but mainly it’s because of long lead-in and lead-outs, and of course we’ve been cutting shots sharp.


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Bart Veldhuizen

I have a LONG history with Blender - I wrote some of the earliest Blender tutorials, worked for Not a Number and helped run the crowdfunding campaign that open sourced Blender (the first one on the internet!). I founded BlenderNation in 2006 and have been editing it every single day since then ;-) I also run the Blender Artists forum and I'm Head of Community at Sketchfab.


  1. This announcement from the Blender Foundation (Congrats BTW) piqued my curiosity about Xiph. What kind of organization can afford to host someone else's 4 terabyte content? After a few hours of browsing, I'm impressed with their work and recommend others check them out as well.

    Now, back to waiting for the 4K rendered version of Tears of Steel...

  2. Although prohibitively large for 99.9% of the population, being first (AFAIK) to release something like this to the masses is very good for Blender. Being first is not always practical initially, but often paves the road for others to follow as technology advances. Kudos to Blender Foundation!

  3. Great stuff!
    Is there some sort of shot-reference somewhere? I know I could count myself through the movie... but is there one?

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