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CinePaint is a PROFESSIONAL Movie Editing Program (for Windows/Mac X/Linux)

CinePaint is an open source painting program used by motion picture studios to retouch images in 35mm films. It was formerly called Film Gimp. It has been used in a dozen feature films including Harry Potter, Scooby-Doo, and the Fast & the Furious.

Top Reasons to Use CinePaint

    Support for 8-bit, 16-bit and 32-bit color channels of deep paint.
    High fidelity image file types such as DPX, OpenEXR and 16-bit TIFF. These files can’t be opened in ordinary 8-bit image applications without crushing them.
    High Dynamic Range. HDR images can go brighter than white. Ordinary images can’t be brighter than a white sheet of paper (0=black, 1.0=white).
    Gallery-quality printing. B&W photographs have only one color channel and degrade quickly when manipulated as 8-bit images.CinePaint has higher fidelity and offers a 16-bit printing path to the print-head using GutenPrint.
    Color Management System. CinePaint uses LittleCMS.
    Flipbook. Movie playback of short sequences of images in RAM.
    Innovation. CinePaint offers features that go beyond ordinary painting tools.
    It’s used to make feature films at major studios.
    Open Source. With various OSS licenses, because it uses code from various sources, including GPL, LGPL, BSD, and MPL.
    Friendly professional developers. Polite discussion forums.
    Being a CinePaint developer can be a good career move. CinePaint developers have gotten jobs at companies such as DreamWorks Animation,Sony Pictures Imageworks, and Apple.

Top Reasons Not to Use CinePaint

    You’re content with proprietary tools Adobe Photoshop, Corel Painter X, Corel Paint Shop Pro, or Apple Aperture.
    You’re content with open source tools GIMP, Krita, IrfanView,Seashore, Fotoxx or F-Spot.
    No working Windows CinePaint version.
    CinePaint has implemented new features and reuses code from many projects. However, CinePaint originated as a rewrite of the GIMP 8-bit engine in 1998 and still superficially resembles GIMP.

Linux Distros that Support CinePaint

    64Studio - Debian-based audio studio with RT kernel.
    ArtistX – Debian-based multimedia production studio.
    GrafPup – A sweet desktop Linux 64mb mini-distro that boots into ramdisk. Has a great help system and is gawd fast because it runs /usr in RAM. If you’re curious to try CinePaint or need a quick live-cd for a tradeshow that just works, this is it. We used it in our booth at SCALE. It even got the external monitor displays for our laptops right. Can be installed to disk and mounts Linux and FAT partitions.
    PCLinuxOS – Digital Photography Edition
    OpenSuse – PopularRPM-based distro.
    Ubuntu Studio – Debian-based multimedia creation distro.

CinePaint is a collection of free open source software tools for deep paint manipulation and image processing. CinePaint is used for motion picture frame-by-frame retouching, dirt removal, wire rig removal, render repair, background plates, and 3d model textures. It's been used on many feature films, including The Last Samurai where it was used to add flying arrows. It's also being used by pro photographers who need greater color fidelity than is available in other tools.

Studio Users:

Studios such as Sony Pictures Imageworks and many smaller studios use CinePaint. Disney, DreamWorks, and Pixar funded Crossover (Wine) to make Adobe Photoshop for Windows run nicely on Linux and that's what they use. Some studios use proprietary or internally developed tools. CinePaint is open source software. Nobody is obligated to tell us they use it. Studios use many Linux motion picture applications, not just CinePaint. This list of studios using CinePaint is just some we know about.

    * Amalgamated Pixels
      Elf, Looney Tunes

    * Computer Cafe
      League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

    * Flash Film Works
      Duplex, The Last Samurai

    * Hammerhead
      Showtime, Blue Crush, 2 Fast, 2 Furious

    * Rhythm & Hues
      Harry Potter, Cats & Dogs, Dr. Dolittle 2, Little Nicky, Grinch, Sixth Day, Stuart Little, Planet of the Apes

    * Sony Pictures Imageworks
      Stuart Little II, Spider-Man

What's Special about CinePaint?

CinePaint is fundamentally different from other painting tools because it handles high fidelity image formats such as Kodak Cineon, SMPTE DPX, and ILM-NVIDIA OpenEXR. To do that properly requires a 32-bit per channel color engine core so that data isn't crushed into 8-bit color channels. The CinePaint core is 8-bit, 16-bit, and 32-bit as needed. It's different from GraphicsMagick which also supports different color depths but only as a compile-time switch. (GraphicsMagick has better support for film industry file formats than ImageMagick.)

As with audio editing, more bits is better. That is, provided you understand how to use them. If you can't hear the difference between transistor radio and a studio sound mixer, you may not be able see the difference between CinePaint and ordinary 8-bit paint tools either. If you're a filmmaker or professional photographer then CinePaint may be your best and only choice. Although conventional monitors are limited to 8-bit, output to motion picture film, digital cinema, gallery quality prints, or lithography is capable of significantly better.

So, Why Not GIMP?
We get this question a lot. Because CinePaint handles 8-bit images in common image formats such as JPEG, TIFF, and PNG, that makes CinePaint an alternative to ordinary image editing tools. However, CinePaint has fundamentally different design goals from projects like GIMP. We have the interest, expertise, experience, professionalism, and pro users needed when developing successful software for the high-end.

Ever since CinePaint launched as a public project on SourceForge on July 4th, 2002, there's been quite a bit of hostility towards us from GIMP hackers. There seems to be a misconception that we're competitors. In our primary market, the film industry, our position is #2 and Adobe Photoshop is #1. GIMP is practically useless for filmmaking since it can't handle CIN, DPX or EXR files.

GIMP has pursued an architectural overhaul called GEGL that's a very different design from Glasgow. They've been at it since 2000. Glasgow began in 2004.

Is CinePaint a Video Editor?

CinePaint is a deep paint tool that's used for retouching movies, not a movie editor like Avid or Final Cut Pro. Avid Composer, Apple Final Cut Pro, Apple Motion, Adobe After Effects and Apple Shake are all great tools when matched to the task at hand. Our plan for CinePaint includes more features in that direction, but we're far from that now. Nobody should be asking whether CinePaint, or for that matter any other open source project, is about to equal popular movie editing tools. At best the answer is, "not soon".
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