Govt of Telangana
Hyderabad: IT and Industries Minister KT Rama Rao had earlier this week announced that IMAGE Tower will be ready for inauguration in the first quarter of 2023. IMAGE Tower will be to animation what T-Hub is to startups. The new facility would have six studios including one large studio with a typical studio floor of
Hyderabad: IT and Industries Minister KT Rama Rao had earlier this week announced that IMAGE Tower will be ready for inauguration in the first quarter of 2023. IMAGE Tower will be to animation what T-Hub is to startups. The new facility would have six studios including one large studio with a typical studio floor of 120ft X 100 ft and a similar-sized motion capture green matt studio as well.
The IMAGE Tower would further have a Digital Intermediate (DI) suite. IMAGE Tower will also count editing labs (audio and video), data management labs, a dubbing suite and even a data centre on its premises along with an auditorium and two theatres for screening. These form part of the physical infrastructure at the 1.6 million sqft facility.
The virtual infrastructure comprises a render farm, data centre, bandwidth (internal and external) and shared software licence for gaming and animation occupiers. The render farm will have applications for post-production, sophisticated 3D, visual effects (VFX), animation, and finishing.
The structure is being built on a ‘T’-shape structure implying Telangana and Technology. With this Tower, Hyderabad would emerge as the hub for animation, visual effects, gaming and comics (AVGC). A dedicated data centre is needed due to the humongous data that will be handled. The resolution standards are getting refined and now 4K is already popular and 6K, 8K resolutions are also being spoken about. The use of 3D technology effectively doubles the storage requirements. A film, created at 4K, typically requires 10TB space. However, raw video capture for a full-length feature film requires about two petabytes of storage. These kind of storage requirements push the need for having a data centre within the building with round-the-clock maintenance.
All animation/VFX studios rely on superhighways to transport the huge amounts of data needed to fill 24 frames a second (fps) in a 90-minute feature film. It will have at least four service providers with an independency to clients to select any of the vendors for redundancy, according to the pre-bid queries and responses document.
Gaming occupiers will have access to shared software Licences including Unity Game Engine, Nuke and GameBryo. Animation players will have access to the likes of Autodesk 3DS MAX, Maya, ZBrush, Motion Builder, Stop Motion Pro, V-Ray, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Photoshop, Final Cut Pro, Adobe PremiereT, Eyeon Fusion and Cloud services (like Amazon webserver, IBM, Google, Microsoft).
“Hyderabad is home to gaming, animation and VFX players. A lot of VFX outsourcing is done to Hyderabad currently. With the new support system, we would be able to handle new-age projects. Value creation and value addition, and not cost arbitrage, will be our strength,” said Telangana VFX, Animation and Gaming Association president Rajiv Chilaka.
Hyderabad and other cities in Telangana have shown continued success in the animation sphere. “Homegrown champion Chhota Bheem has been a noteworthy success. Telangana is one of the major contributors of visual effects (VFX) outsourcing to Hollywood and also to regional cinema markets. The comprehensive VFX ecosystem comprises more than 20 academies creating a world-class talent pool,” Rama Rao said.
An Israel-based company called Crazy Labs has partnered with Hyderabad-based Street Labs to work with multiple gaming studios and to build hyper-casual games. Hitwicket Superstars, a cricket strategy game, has bagged the top spot in the Atma Nirbhar gaming challenge aimed at identifying gaming apps that have the potential to be a leader in their respective segments, he explained.
This acclaimed world-class centre of excellence will provide an ideal environment for the AVGC industry with plug and play spaces, state of the art built up office space at subsidized rates to first generation technocrat entrepreneurs, as well as small and medium enterprises engaged in the sector. The centre will be a key growth engine for tech exports and employment generation.
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