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POV-TAG - The POV-Ray Technical Assistance Group
Established by the POV-Team (the current authors of the Persistence of Vision Raytracer) in late 1999, the TAG is made up of selected members of the POV-Ray user community. The purpose of the TAG is to aid the POV-Team in supporting users of POV-Ray around the world, using the collective knowledge of the group to answer users' POV-Ray questions and to bring POV-Ray related matters to the attention of the POV-Team as required.

Avi Creator
Create AVI files from Bitmaps and cons instantly. You can now modify the scale/rate of your AVIs. Very simple and free to use.

Tiny program to edit and build AVI's. Requires Video for Windows.

A program to transform BMP files generated by POV-Ray to a noncompressed AVI file. The main goal is the interlace option. Use 'Field_Render=On' and 'Odd_Field=On'. Then use BMP2AVI to correctly transform in an AVI file suitable for Premiere or other program. This program is intented (specially) for high resolution rendering for real video broadcast output.

Will allow you to preview a series of images before compiling as animation

Linux animation utility with AVI, RAW and PPM input and DivX :-) output.

Alternative download site for Display

DTA v3.0 Final Version
This is the newly released version of DTA 3.0 (Dave's Targa Animator) 12/99.

Multitrack real-time audio and video editor adds sound to AVI's

Fast Movie Processor AVIS animation

Ligos Technology MPEG-2 encoders
Commercial MPEG encoding and video comprescion for digital video recording and multimedia in a software solution.

Makers of high-quality codecs and animation tools.

Converts MOV files into AVI files.

QuickTime Movie (.mov) to MPEG1 converter for Macintosh.

Movie Utils
At the Info Mac Hyper-archive, too many to list here.

The ultimate source for Mpeg information. You can find the CMPEG program here

Mpeg2 Encoder and Decoder
Works only with .ppm image files

Camel's MPEGJoin is a small utility to join MPEG files. It's a very simple program and all it does is join MPG files but it does this very well if used correctly..

MPEG Plaza - Software
Mpeg software for encoding and playing mpeg files.

ppm2fli_2.0d and Unflick
ppm2fli generates FLI animation files form a series of images. Unflick is a utility to extract images from a FLI animation. The programs are written for UNIX like machines.

QuickTime 3.0 upgrade allows you to render QuickTime movies directly with POV. Also plays the new MPEG codec and plays AVI's as well. Upgrade to QT Pro for converting PICT and JPEG images into QuickTime movies. For the Mac OS

Smacker/Bink Tools
Free tool for making Bink (.bik) animations, converting between animation formats (.bik, .avi, .mpg) and between still formats (.bmp, .gif, .jpg etc.) and other things.

TFM MPEG Scissors
This Program was created for easy editing of MPEG Files. It makes it easy to cut and join multiple MPEG files. Windows 32 operating System (Win 95 / 98 / NT / 2000)

Animation Conversion Program Win95/NT

Vid Edit
The AVI editor. Build or edit. Insert many formats.

VideoMach is a powerful audio-video builder and converter. Use it to construct video clips from still images, enhance your recorded material or convert video, audio and image files between many supported formats. VideoMach is the successor to Fast Movie Processor.

Compression Works CODEC's
Site contains several different codecs available for download including both audio and video.

LEAD Technologies video CODEC
LEAD's Video Codec is a multimedia compressor/decompressor.

SlaveTrainer's áI263 áFAQ áAndáHelpáPage
Discusses the I.263 codec, how to install it, trouble shooting proceedures, and where to download it.

The Animation System
New Version of The Animation System. Now supports Waypoints. Kinda like Keyframes, but different.

With the help of AniTMT you can create and calculate computer animated films. Its main intention is to provide a powerful script language for doing that. It is supposed to both enable you to code animations as plain text and to provide an interface for the (further) development of software like GUI modellers. Currently supports POV-Ray output.

Buckyball Page
Program creates POV-Ray file of Buckballs colliding used for POV-Ray animation

Dave G's POV-Ray Animation System
Dave G's Animation System (or DGAS) is a set of utility files for the Persistence of Vision raytracer. It allows you to easily include advanced animation techniques to your pov file. Last updtaed 1997.

Poet3-D Animation System
Poet3-D is a freeware animation system which supports character animation, a click and drag interface, and real-time playback and editing via the OpenGL library. This system is designed to export to the Pov-Ray raytracer.

POV-Ray Animation System
A 'nearly finished' animation system for POV-Ray 3.02.

Theresa Willis' Walking Animation
Source for animating a robotic form

IHT CG Discussion Forum
3DstudioMAX, Lightwave, Maya, Softimage and more; the best italian computer graphics forum.

POV-Ray News Groups - news.povray.org
These are the news groups hosted by the developers of POV-Ray. There are several different discussion topics including animation, unofficial patches, programming, general topics, unix, IRTC competition, and a group for posting of images for critique by other users. Once you have added the server to your list you will still need to subscribe to the individual groups. Be sure to stop first in the povray.announce.frequently-asked-questions group for info on group posting guidlines

The POV-Ray Newsgroups - Web Interface
This is the web based access to the POV-Ray news groups. This is an invaluable resource for any and all POV-Ray users.

A website dedicated to everything BMRT and RenderMan related.

The 3D artists community.

Area Map Search Form
USGS Mapping Information

Charles Poynton - Color technology
Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" about Gamma and Color in video, computer graphics, and print.

Computer Software for Tiling Images
Site contains a list of several software programs specifically for tiling images.

The Graphics File Format Page
These pages contain specifications for various graphics file formats; along with a number of relevant graphics utilities, information, and URLs.

Italian sculpters links

Put your 3D images on photographic prints
This site is geared towards 'developing' digital images or photos. But what can be done is to submit your 3D rendered scene as a JPEG file and they will print it on photographic quality 4x6 prints. If you sign up soon, the first 100 4X6 prints are free.

Astronomical Data Center
Catalog of Star charts and all things star related

Body References for 3D artists
Human Anatomy Pictures for Artists.

Castle Image Archive
Everything castle related, including images of castles.

Download Planet Earth
Site contains links to DEM (digital elevation maps) of the entire globe in various resolutions.

Imageafter ** Free Images and Textures Database
Image*After is a large online free photo collection. You can download and use any image or texture from our site and use it in your own work, either personal or commercial.

Images FTP Free
Many catagories including Raytracing

The Internet Ray Tracing Competition
The Internet Ray Tracing Competition is an open competition. Deadline for still image submission is every two months, for animations, every three months. Participants may use any 3D rendering program they choose. If you want to see the best there is in 3D rendering and raytracing this is the place to go.

Maps of the Solar Sysuem
Welcome to the solar system surface map database, a NASA/JPL/Caltech spyglass on the cosmos. Select your planetary system of choice and download maps, or browse the surface features of your favorite planet or satellite!

Nebulae Page
Offers pictures of Nebula for background applications

Photovault Stock Photos
Images of Pollen, Plant Pics, Photos, and Flowers. This is a very comprehensive photo data base and well worth the time exploring.

USGS us .DEM maps
Dem maps scaled at 1:1,000,000

Free and pay-for resources for 3D artists

3D Texture Libraries and Backgrounds from TextureWorld
Thousands of professional, high-quality, photorealisitc seamless textures for game developers and architects and more.

Absolute Background Textures Archive
2800+ Free Tiling Background Textures

Absolute Cross
The One-Stop Spot for Free Online Graphics, Tips, Tools & Resources. Seemless tilable textures available from the Downloads link.

Doc Browns Background images/textures
Tiled textures

Free Art Textures
Small collection but good

Iain's Textures
A series of tiled images

From:3D Photorealism Toolkit - Images designed to tile.

Marlin Studios
Professional CDs$of seamless textures and lots of free samples.

Phillean Wood Textures
A great collection of wood texture maps.

Public Textures
Photographic images that may be used as 3D textures in your scenes. All high resolution. 350+ images.

Renfield Imaging
A growing gallery of the Web's most intriguing seamless textures. All images free for download. New images monthly.

Rob's Granite Page
Some images of rock

Stone texture library
Tiles and stone vendor with an incredible library of textures (marble, granite etc.)

Commercial Images for Topo maps/HF's Samples only

General Collection - some good

Texture, Maps, Materials, Bumps (skin)

Human and Monster textures

University collection - Many stones and brick textures

Textures Archive
A large collection of Textures catagorized for easy selection.

Textures FTP
Free - These are poorly identified but sampling showed nice surprises

Texture Land
Abnormal Textures

Texture Land !
Normal Textures

Texture Library
POV-Ray v3.0-Textures

Texture Project
Here is a site of free lo-res and high-res manmade and natural textures.

Texture Shoppe
About a dozen textures

Texture Station
Tiling backgrounds, textures, desktop wallpaper

Texture Studio
Free textures. Just give credit. 19.1 Mb zipped. Bmp mostly and some jpg + tutorial to make textures with photoshop. All high quality textures with some very interesting patterns.

Travis Price Digital Craftsman
342 free photographic textures.

CAD,CAM,Data Exchange

CAD Outpost
3D Design Software and Accessories

Circuitmaker files
Printed Circuit Board design

Linux- CAD Shrine
Information and links about 3D CAD/Modelling systems for UNIX Operating systems.

OpenDWG Alliance
The OpenDWG Alliance is an association of CAD customers and vendors committed to promoting Autodesk AutoCAD's DWG drawing file format as an open, industry - standard format for the exchange of CAD drawings.

3D Animation Workshop
webreference.com --3d animation tutorials and resources

3d links
Site contains many links to 3D resources many of which are 3D model sites (with a Sci-Fi bias).

Online Magazine with 3D Articles and tutorials

Bob's omniVERSE Links Page
A POV-Ray specific links page maintained by Bob Hughes

Computer Graphics Bookmarks
Has a very extensive listing of resources including links to siggraph papers

Cutting edge 3D computer graphics
Keeping you abreast of advances in the field of 3d computer graphics.

Daniel Skarda's Rendering and Graphics Links
This is an extensive collection of links even if a bit disorganized

DMOZ Open Directory of 3D Links
Nice collection of links to 3D resources including POV-Ray.

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