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Khronos Group Releases OpenML 1.0 SDK

Khronos Members demonstrate OpenML on shipping products at NAB;
OpenML 1.0 Open Source and Adopters Programs in development

April 19, 2004 – National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), Las Vegas – The Khronos Group today announced immediate availability of the final release of its Software Development Kit (SDK) for OpenML® 1.0.  The OpenML specification provides software and hardware developers with a complete, cross-platform, programming environment for the standardized capturing, processing, synchronizing and playing of digital media content – including video, audio and 3D graphics.  The OpenML 1.0 SDK contains: executable libraries and utilities to enable OpenML applications to run on Linux, IRIX® and Windows systems; source and header files for the libraries to enable new OpenML applications to be built; source code for example OpenML applications and audio and video device modules which can be used as a starting point for building commercial applications; and full documentation.  The license agreement for obtaining the SDK, at no charge, is available at the Khronos Group website

“The OpenML specification provides hardware and software interoperability for media authoring applications; enabling more capable products to be brought to market faster and for those products to make use of any OpenML-compliant component,” said Neil Trevett, president of the Khronos Group and senior vice president of market development at 3Dlabs.  “The successful products you see here today running the OpenML API are just the beginning; as the availability of this SDK will encourage the widespread implementation of OpenML-compliant products and reinforces the Khronos Group’s proven track record for creating not only successful specifications, but also the infrastructure required to drive industry adoption.”

Since their release, the beta version of the OpenML SDK has been downloaded nearly 4,000 times and the OpenML API Specification over 13,000 times.  The Khronos OpenML Working Group is now defining an OpenML open source program and an OpenML Adopters Program which will define Conformance Tests to enable the OpenML trademark to be used on conformant products. Khronos has also started work on the next version of OpenML that will extend its professional media authoring capabilities while taking full advantage of advances in related standards – such as the OpenGL® Shading Language set of release in OpenGL 2.0 in mid-2004.

Khronos OpenML Working Group Members invite you to view demonstrations of shipping products running OpenML technology on their booths at NAB

Discreet is demonstrating its award-winning flame® visual effects system and smoke® editing/finishing system on stand SL3547.  Both products use OpenML 1.0 on IRIX and will be demonstrated on the SGI Tezro platform with the Dmedia Pro DM3 HD and SD video I/O option.

“Discreet is thrilled with the release of the OpenML 1.0 SDK,” says Jean-Luc Dery, product development manager at Discreet and chair of the OpenML Work Group.  “Our engineering teams are already seeing the benefits of the OpenML standard with reduced development and maintenance efforts. With the increasing number of professional-grade quality media devices available today at lower prices, it is imperative that we have a standardized toolset to better leverage and harness these technologies.”

DVS is on Stand SL4713, showing their real-time editing system CLIPSTER with real-time color correction.

“DVS is committed to promoting OpenML because we firmly believe that the future of our industry requires useful standards.  By allowing users to work individually with any preferred application, we support creativity,” says Marcus Goluecke, Product Manger at DVS GmbH.  “In line with this philosophy, we designed our real-time editing system CLIPSTER as an open platform supporting all OpenML-compatible software.”

Silicon Graphics (NYSE: SGI) on NAB Stand SL4755 are demonstrating the Silicon Graphics® Tezro™ visual workstation running the latest Discreet® smoke® 6 and Interactive Effects Piranha HD software. The DMediaPro DM3 digital option supports OpenML as part of its core functionality.

“SGI continues to support open standards and open system interoperability. As the first implementer of OpenML, we are ecstatic to see the release of the SDK,” says Shawn Underwood, director of marketing, Visuals Systems Group, SGI. “This digital media API will contribute to the growth of the digital content creation industry by providing an open software platform for media applications running across a number of operating systems and hardware. In turn, OpenGL applications will be seamlessly integrated with audio and video creation software resulting in rapid proliferation of environments for creating media rich content.”

RealVision’s demo on NAB Stand SL5516 includes routing an HD video stream through the newly-released HSC10 HD SDI video input board to the HD10 board for processing and output – controlled with the OpenML 1.0-compatible RealVision RV Media Library.

“RealVision is proud to be a Khronos Member and has supported the development of OpenML for several years,” said John Sims, vice president of sales, RVU, Inc. “RealVision is showing three new integrated graphics and video controllers for the broadcast/3D graphics market with a one-of-a-kind, hardwire-connected, unified memory architecture; and fully utilizing the power of open, royalty free standards like OpenML to extend the capabilities of the hardware and further enabling our customers to add new features and functionality.”

The Khronos Group is a member-funded industry consortium focused on the creation of open standard APIs to enable the authoring and playback of dynamic media on a wide variety of platforms and devices.  All Khronos 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 and conformance tests.  Please go to for more information.


Silicon Graphics, SGI, Onyx, OpenGL and IRIX are registered trademarks and Tezro is a trademark of Silicon Graphics, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries worldwide. OpenML is a trademark of Silicon Graphics Inc. used by permission by The Khronos Group. All other product names, trademarks, and/or company names are used solely for identification and belong to their respective owners.