Digital Video, the makers of TOONZ, and DWANGO, a Japanese publisher, announced that they have signed an agreement for the acquisition by Dwango of Toonz, an animation software which was independently developed by Digital Video (Rome, Italy).
Digital Video and Dwango agreed to close the deal under the condition Dwango will publish and develop an Open Source platform based on Toonz (OpenToonz). Effective Saturday March 26, the TOONZ Studio Ghibli Version will be made available to the animation community as a free download.
OpenToonz will include features developed by Studio Ghibli (*Toonz Ghibli Edition) which has been a long time Toonz user. Through OpenToonz, Dwango will create a platform that will aim to have research labs and the animated film industry actively cooperating with each other.
With this agreement in place, Digital Video will move to the open source business model, offering to the industry commissioning, installation & configuration, training, support and customization services while allowing the animators' community to use a state of the art technology at no cost.
Digital Video will also continue to develop and market a Toonz Premium version at a very competitive price for those companies willing to invest in the customization of Toonz for their projects. A comprehensive list of the new services available can be found at www.toonzpremium.com.
Commenting on this exciting announcement, Mr. Atsushi Okui, Executive Imaging Director at Studio Ghibli said "During the production of 'Princess Mononoke' in 1995, we needed a software enabling us to create a certain section of the animation digitally. We checked for what was available at that time and chose 'Toonz'. Our requirement was that in order to continue producing theatre-quality animation without additional stress, the software must have the ability to combine the hand-drawn animation with the digitally painted ones seamlessly. From then onwards we continued to use the software while going through major updates to make it easier for us to use. We are happy to hear that this open source version contains the Ghibli Edition. We hope that many people inside and outside of the animation industry will utilize this software for their work. We would like to extend our gratitude to the staff of Digital Video."
OpenToonz is a 2D animation software. GTS is a special scanning tool developed by Studio Ghibli that works in tandem with OpenToonz. Effects is a package of special effects for OpenToonz
Developed in Italy of Digital Video, Inc., through the customization of the Corporation Studio Ghibli, the software that has been used for many years in the production of Studio Ghibli "Toonz" has been based on. DWANGO is with the cooperation of Digital Video Inc. and Studio Ghibli, to start a project of this OpenToonz.
Regardless of commercial and non-commercial, it can be used by anyone free.
Is published in the open source, you can freely modify the source code.
Connecting the field of academic research and the animation production on video expression, we aim to new platforms.
[Source: Digital Video Press Release]
OpenToonz Webpage & Download
Download OpenToonz for Windows and OSX. GTS scanning application is only available for Windows.
Unfortunately, the manual is only in Japanese at present. However, there is an English users forum.