Khronos Group OpenML Standard Generates Significant Industry Interest with Over 3700 Downloads

Khronos Group Members to Launch Second Alpha Release and 
Demonstrate OpenML Technology at IBC

September 11, 2003 – International Broadcasting Convention (IBC), Amsterdam – The Khronos Group today announced the second alpha release of the Software Development Kit (SDK) for OpenML® 1.0.  The SDK, first released at the SIGGRAPH trade show on July 29th, 2003, has generated strong interest in the digital media industry with over 3700 downloads in little over a month.  The OpenML SDK provides software and hardware developers with a complete, cross-platform, programming environment for the standardized capturing, processing, synchronizing and playing of digital media content.  With the widespread adoption of the OpenML SDK, developers can take advantage of more open system architectures for integrated graphics and video applications; allowing them to more easily develop cross platform media content.

The OpenML 1.0 SDK alpha2 release completes the media library (“ML”) component of the specification, providing a low level API for configuring and controlling video/audio device input, output and processing features.  The SDK alpha2 release, available for both the Windows and Linux platforms, complements the OpenML SDK already available from SGI for the IRIX® platform.  It can be downloaded for free at  Khronos is also working towards expanding the OpenML 1.0 SDK to include new functionality such as MLDC and UST driver support in its next release for Windows, Linux and IRIX; anticipated for early 2004. 

The Khronos group encourages all hardware and software developers of digital media applications to use the standardized, royalty free OpenML 1.0 specification and the new SDK when building their products. The aim is to provide both manufacturers and end-users with the benefits of a coherent and uniform API for integrating and orchestrating multiple applications and hardware peripherals together, making product development more efficient while simultaneously increasing end-user compatibility. Khronos will shortly release details of its OpenML 1.0 Adopters Program designed to provide interested companies with Khronos membership and access to the source code for OpenML Conformance Tests. A small administrative fee will be required and Adopters can use the OpenML trademark on products that have passed Conformance Tests.

OpenML Work Group Members Renew Commitment to OpenML Development and Demonstrate their OpenML Implementations at IBC in Amsterdam:

“Discreet is thrilled with the impressive success of the OpenML SDK released at SIGGRAPH” says Jean-Luc Dery, product development manager at Discreet and chair of the OpenML Work Group.  “The OpenML SDK release is building momentum around the standard which clearly indicates that the industry is ripe for more effective standardization that will improve the development process for all manufacturers and enhance the end user experience through greater interoperability.”

Discreet will be demonstrating its award winning flame® special effects system and smoke editing/finishing system on stand 7.421.  Both products use the IRIX OpenML 1.0 SDK and will be demonstrated on the SGI Tezro platform with the Dmedia Pro DM3 HD and SD video I/O option.

“DVS has always believed the future of the rich media industry requires synchronistic open solutions instead of a collection of individual concepts; and so continues to promote the development of OpenML and to incorporate it in our products,” says Marcus Golücke, Product Manger at DVS GmbH.  “DVS is glad to see the high amount of interest which is reflected in the SDK and specification download figures.  We encourage all companies involved in the digital media market to join the Khronos group and be part of the success story by changing the meaning of compatibility in our industry”

DVS will be on Stand 7.529 showing CLIPSTER - the new powerful HD real-time editing system, designed to meet the stringent demands of the modern post production house supports all OpenML-compatible software. Based on DVS’ quality hardware, CLIPSTER works with uncompressed material in any resolution - up to 2K - on one timeline. Working in real time with the new DVS graphical user interface, editing with CLIPSTER is genuinely fast, focused and efficient. 

“SGI (NYSE: SGI) is excited to have helped spearhead the initial idea of developing an open source digital media API.  OpenML has the same potential to contribute to the growth of the entire industry in much the same way OpenGL helped grow the graphics market over 10 years ago,” says Shawn Underwood, director of marketing, Visual Systems Group, SGI. “The release and overwhelming response to the OpenML SDK , is a significant first step in ensuring broad adoption, and we look forward to continued participation with the Khronos Group on this endeavor.”

SGI will be on Stand 7.531 and will showcase two third-party HD editing and effects applications supporting OpenML. Discreet® flame® will be demonstrated on the new Silicon Graphics® Tezro™ visual workstation, connected to the SAN via backdraft®.  The Tezro system enables real-time HD editing and compositing, easily handling two streams of real-time uncompressed 10-bit HD playback as well as 2K film-resolution playback.  High-resolution editing and compositing will be featured on the SGI® Onyx® 350 visualization system with Infinite Performance™ graphics running Interactive Effects™ Piranha HD and Cinema™ software through a direct SAN connection.

The Khronos Group is a member-funded industry consortium founded in January 2000 by leading graphics and digital media companies.  Khronos membership is available to any interested company and both Promoting and Contributing members are able to contribute to the development of Khronos API specifications, are empowered to vote at various stages before public deployment, and are able to accelerate the delivery of their cutting-edge 3D platforms and applications through early access to specification drafts.  Go to for more information.

OpenML is a free, cross-platform programming environment for capturing, transporting, processing, displaying, and synchronizing digital media (2D and 3D graphics, audio and video processing, I/O, and networking). The specification provides extensions to OpenGL, display control, device control and asynchronous communication between applications & hardware, and synchronization of media streams.


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