The International Festival for Digital Images show, Imagina 2002, ends today in Monte Carlo.

Key exhibitors include: the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), which is demonstrating a variety of XML-based (Extensible Markup Language) technologies; NewTek, which is demonstrating LightWave 3D; and RealViz, demonstrating Stitcher, its application to build panoramas for the Web, film, print, and 3D.

W3C is also explaining its latest Web language, SMIL 1.0 (Synchronised Multimedia Integrated Language). Based on XML, SMIL 1.0 is compatible with Apple’s multimedia standard QuickTime 4.1, and synchronizes audio and text on a Web page. Media are not embedded in files, but are distributed over the Web like HTML, so it is possible to synchronize a video served from the USA with text taken from an Australian host.

Apple CEO Steve Job's other company, Pixar, is also at the show. Supervising technical director, Pixar USA, Tom Porter delivered a keynote speech there yesterday, revealing that Jobs "pretty much lets Pixar do what it does best", and taking an in-depth look at the digital-imaging processes used in today's movie industry.