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OpenMAX IL integration technical whitepapers for Gstreamer, MS Directshow Filters, and Sybiam Media Device Framework

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Three new OpenMAX IL 1.0 technical whitepapers describe:

  • How OpenMAX IL can be used in the Linux GStreamer framework to enable access to multimedia components, including HW acceleration on platforms that provide it.
  • How the Microsoft DirectShow Filter interface may be translated to the OpenMAX IL base profile interface for integration with Windows Mobile Enabled devices with a pull and a push communication model.
  • How OpenMAX IL codecs can be used within the Symbian Media Device Framework to enable access to multimedia acceleration on Symbian OS Devices.

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COLLADA movie demos of game pipeline interoperability using FX Composer 2, Softimage, and 3ds MAX with COLLADA as the glue between the tools

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Three video of demos from GDC 2006 show interoperability of game assets using COLLADA 1.4.

  • Workflows using NVIDIA's FX Composer 2 and common Digital Content Creation (DCC) tools like Maya, connected by the COLLADA interchange format.
  • Game pipeline interoperability using FX Composer 2, Softimage Maya, & Softimage XSI with COLLADA as the glue between the tools.
  • How 3ds Max can be inserted into a COLLADA workflow where FX Composer is used for the illumination and HLSL shaders.
If you were wondering how COLLADA actually facilitates workflows and maintains assets, these video demos will make thing clear. More video demos from GDC to come soon.

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Using non-photorealistic rendering for constrained bandwidth OpenGL ES accelerated mobile mapping applications

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This paper presents a bandwidth friendly approach to remote rendering of large 3D content (like cities), using Non-Photorealistic Rendering. The original textures of the facade are processed and the feature lines are extracted. The resulting data set (buildings with their characteristic lines) is optimized for remote visualization and stored on the server side. The city is then streamed on-demand on a remote client and rendered using OpenGL ES on handheld devices. This approach is useful for 3D content display on small screens where overly detailed textures can hide the salient characteristic features. It also greatly reduces the amount of data to transmit, making this solution well suited for limited-bandwidth networks like the ones used by mobile devices. Test were run on a DELL Axim X50V with a 624 MHz ARM processor, 64 MB of RAM memory and an Intel 2700G GPU andfull hardware acceleration using OpenGL-ES up to 640x480. Paper available as a PDF.

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Torus 3D open source OpenGL ES 3D Engine for BREW

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The Torus 3D Engine uses OpenGL ES hardware acceleration under BREW enabled mobile devices. The engine features 3DSMAX exporting scripts, quick and easy models loading, mesh sharing, skybox, hierarchical scenegraph, q3 compatible bsp with pvs and lightmapping, quick frustum culling, oriented bounding boxes, multipass environment/phong mapping and more. Full source code has been released (registration required for download).

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Tokyo Mobile Developer University, April 28, 2006 to present overview of OpenKODE

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The Tokyo Mobile Developer University focused on Gaming & Media, will be held April 28th, 2006. Presentations and demos cover OpenKODE (a native content platform providing source portability for games and media applications), OpenGL ES (3D for mobile), OpenSL ES (audio for mobile), OpenMAX (streaming media), OpenVG (accelerated Flash, PDF and SVG), and COLLADA (digital asset application interoperability). Sessions are free but space is limited.
(PDF news release in Japanese)

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Graphics Rendering with OpenGL ES - GDC 2006 presentations

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The presentations from the day-long tutorial on March 21st at Game Developers Conference 2006 are now online. These PowerPoint slides provide an in-depth look at the latest technologies in OpenGL ES and how they can be applied to cutting-edge game graphics, with special attention is given to the unique performance and design requirements of embedded applications. Topics include Advanced Rendering, ColladaFX, PlayStation GL, Portable Engine Developement, Performance Optimization and more.

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Accelerated Flash using Scaleform VGx OpenVG implementation and OpenGL ES-enabled hardware

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At GDC, Imagination Technologies’ PowerVR MBX combined with the Scaleform VGx vector graphics driver will demonstrate accelerated Flash content using OpenVG and OpenGL ES API. Scaleform VGx will be a next generation OpenVG implementation that uses the OpenGL ES API, optimized tessellation (vector-to-triangle conversion), and advanced vertex/pixel shaders to accelerate high-quality 2D scalable vector graphics on existing OpenGL ES-based 3D GPU chipsets. This will enable content providers to accelerate the mobile end-user experience without requiring new silicon or data format modifications.

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PowerVR MBX enabled OpenGL-ES 1.1 and OpenVG demos at GDC Booth 1632

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Imagination Technologies will be showing a host of OepnGL ES demonstrations at GDC in San Jose, CA, March 22nd-24th 2006. Demonstrations include:

  • Scaleform VGx technology enabling accelerated Flash content
  • Accelerated OpenVG User Interface, navigation, SVG and gaming content
  • "Vijay Singh Pro Golf 2005" from Gameloft on Sony Ericsson P990
  • "Bling my Ride" the latest racing game from Bling Games by Lagardere Active on TI OMAP2420
  • "Whiptail Mobile Engine" from Barking Lizards on TI OMAP2420
  • "3DMarkMobile06" from Futuremark on Freescale iMX31 Development System
  • "Virtual Pompeii" from SpinVector on Dell Axim X50v / X51v
  • The Code Monkeys’ extreme sport game "Jump" on Dell Axim X50v / X51v
  • Pulse Interactive’s "QuakeMobile" and Expansion Packs on Dell Axim X50v / X51v
  • "Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 Pocket PC Edition" from Aspyr Media on Dell Axim X50v / X51v
  • The latest 3D games content on SKTeletech IM-8300
  • HI Corporation's JAVA 3D content inc. "Everybody’s Golf" on FOMA 902 phones
  • PowerVR demos on Renesas SH-Mobile3 Development System

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Game Developers Conference (March 20-24) to feature OpenGL ES and COLLADA tutorials, demos, and sessions

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The Game Developers Conference (GDC), March 20-24, 2006 is the official trade event "by game developers for developers" of computer, console, mobile, arcade, online games, and location based entertainment. This year there will be a number of session and tutorials on OpenGL ES, Shader development and COLLADA. The sessions are designed to help mobile game developers look ahead at how they may need to modify their game development and design considerations. They introduce them them to OpenGL ES, OpenGL ES 2.0 shaders, hardware accelerated JSR-184, and using COLLADA in a mobile 3D toolchain, including PS3.

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Hybrid Mobile Framework v6 for embedded devices supports OpenGL ES,  JSR 184, OpenVG and multimedia and DSP accelerators

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Hybrid Graphics announced the Hybrid Mobile Framework v6 for embedded devices. In addition to OpenGL ES and JSR 184 implementations, Mobile Framework v6 adds full support for OpenVG 1.0, an SVG Tiny player and support for graphics hardware from DSP chips to full-fledged hardware 3D accelerators.

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