Apple acquires Silicon Grail's RAYZ, Chalice software

Cinema compositing software maker Silicon Grail has been acquired by Apple Computer, according to a Web page that replaces their existing Web site.

"Apple has acquired technologies from Silicon Grail, including the RAYZ and Chalice product lines," reads the statement in its entirety.

Founded in 1995, Silicon Grail was started by Academy Award winner Ray Feeney, who founded Hollywood digital effects pioneer RFX. The company's first product was Chalice -- the first commercially available high-end 2D film compositing solution.

Developed to run on Irix, Linux, Windows and OS X, RAYZ is a compositor based on Chalice, which provides effects and color correction tools for cinema. The software has been used in feature films including Deep Blue Sea, Titanic, Star Trek: Insurrection, Men In Black and others.

RAYZ sports support for drag and drop functionality, customizable menus and toolbars, and a reconfigurable layout that can be set up to suit the user. It implements features like Composite Decision List (CDL) technology, and implements Kodak's CINEON image file format technology as well.

The news of Silicon Grail's technology acquisition follows other similar moves from Apple as the company continues to expand its influence into the professional film production industry, including the company's acquisition of compositing software maker Nothing Real.

An Apple spokesperson confirmed for MacCentral that they had acquired technologies from Silicon Grail and said only that "Apple intends to use the acquired technologies in future products."

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