Glossary

arbitrary output vector
AOV
Stuff from a renderer.
archvis
Architectural visualization.
digital content creation
DCC
Front-end 3D modeling suite used by artists, such as Maya, Houdini, 3dsMax, etc.
float
32-bit floating point number.
half
16-bit floating point number.
Maya Embedded Language
MEL
Maya’s built-in scripting language
OpenEXR
Open-source image format developed by Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) for representing high-dynamic range images. Specifically designed for the VFX industry.
samples per pixel
SPP
The number of times a value is calculated before the list of values is averaged together to get a final pixel value.
VFX
Abbreviation for “visual effects”.