Movie juggernaut Pixar recently announced they will be launching a new animation software that's open-sourced in an effort to simplify the process of filmmaking. This will help filmmakers without the resources of big studios create like they do.
The new animation software is dubbed Universal Scene Description, or USD. It will aggregate content from a variety of animation programs into one view. This will enable animators to use one application instead of many to do different things.
This small but mighty program will make a significant impact in terms of streamlining. Different studios likely use different software, so the open source nature will allow for "development and leverage a wide community of artists and developers."
The software is set to release mid-2016.