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 Xiph.org 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.
My internet company would be knocking on my door if I downloaded that...
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 http://xiph.org, 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...
What can read exr files ?
Blender, among other things.
Cinepaint and Luminance-HDR are also happy to work with them.
I added all import-export addons in Blender, but did not see the "exr" file extension.
An .exr file is an image file, therefore you might open it in the UV Image Editor.
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!
Is there some sort of shot-reference somewhere? I know I could count myself through the movie... but is there one?