CinePaint 2.0 Making Progress

By Robin Rowe

HOLLYWOOD, CA ( 2018/2/5 – After a long hiatus, I’m back working on CinePaint.

For anyone who may not know what CinePaint is, that’s a free, open source HDR paint app for frame-by-frame retouching of motion pictures that was originally developed with funding from Hollywood studios.  CinePaint has been used as a Linux-based alternative to Photoshop in making many feature films including the Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings films. It’s also used by professional still photographers for it’s superior color and B&W fidelity.

CinePaint was originally based on another open source paint program with a GTK interface. CinePaint 2.0 (Glasgow) was rewritten with an FLTK interface by a group working at Glasgow University with funding from the EU. Although it worked in the lab, there was still significant work to be done before CinePaint 2.0 could have a general release. A big challenge is the build system, that CinePaint is a complex build.

I’m writing a new cmake build system that auto-builds CinePaint, downloads the third-party dependencies and build those first using DownloadProject. Shout out to Albrecht Schlosser at FLTK the new version 1.4 at github that fixes build issues I encountered.

CinePaint 1.0 hasn’t been updated in some time and 2.0 hasn’t been released yet. It’s coming.

If you’re interested in CinePaint let me know. The best way to reach me is on LinkedIn or call me in Hollywood at 310-359-8796.

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