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Old 05 May 2013   #1
Bit depth

I was wondering what bit depth is used generally for textures in film production.

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Old 05 May 2013   #2
It really depends on what renderer you're using, but most of the time 8-bit files do just fine. Higher bit-depths are generally used for other channels, such as luminance, etc., and not for the color itself of that given pixel in a given texture.

I use .jpg files a lot still for my work, which are converted to .map files at rendertime in mental ray for Maya.
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Old 05 May 2013   #3
8 bit is fine for lots of stuff, 16 bit or floating point if you're doing a bump map, really smooth gradients, or are planning on getting really close to the texture.

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