MTV ray tracer bitmap

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File Format
Name MTV ray tracer bitmap
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Extension(s) .pic, .mtv
Released 1988

MTV ray tracer bitmap refers to the output format of the MTV ray tracer program by Mark T. VandeWettering. It is a simple uncompressed truecolor raster image format, similar to binary PPM format. Its name comes from the author's initials, not the Music Television cable channel, so the slogan "I Want My MTV!" doesn't apply to it.

MTV format can also be used by Rayshade (see Rayshade scene description). Rayshade reportedly also uses a multi-image extension of it, consisting of multiple files concatenated together.

MTV uses NFF as its input format.

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The MTV software uses a filename extension of .pic. Third-party applications that support this format sometimes use .mtv instead.

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