DNEG Unveils xSTUDIO Playback And Review Software


The adaptable, feature-rich application, which is now accessible on the Academy Software Foundation GitHub.

It is created to cater to the various requirements of a wide range of review scenarios among teams of connected users, whether on location, in the office, or remotely.

An open source beta version of xSTUDIO has just been made available via the Academy Software Foundation (ASWF) GitHub repository, according to the VFX and animation firm DNEG. The action follows Tuesday’s Autodesk statement that an open-source version of the RV review and playback system would also be made available through ASWF.

The Academy Software Foundation will host and oversee the xSTUDIO open source project as part of the Open Review Initiative, a larger initiative aimed at creating a single open source toolset for the playback, evaluation, and approval of motion pictures and associated professional media.

The Playback and Review application xSTUDIO was created to suit the needs of content producers throughout the creation process. It is contemporary, adaptable, and feature-rich. The application has been thoughtfully designed to accommodate the various requirements of a wide range of review scenarios, including on-set, in-office, remote, and evaluations involving groups of connected users.

xSTUDIO is a highly customizable player that can be used independently or incorporated into any workflow thanks to plugins and the Python API. In addition to a fully functional Python API, a C++ plugin framework, and heavy use of open-source libraries, the programme has a contemporary, feature-rich, and pipeline-independent core application. This gives contributors complete control over how it integrates into their pipelines.

A Technical Steering Committee (TSC), led by DNEG and composed of engineers and community participants, will oversee xSTUDIO as an open-source project. Along with itview, which will be made available by Sony Pictures Imageworks in the upcoming months, and Open RV, which Autodesk recently supplied, the project will function under the direction of the Open Review Initiative. Join the ASWF Open Review Initiative Slack channel and email list if you are a software engineer, developer, or user interested in contributing to the project and the community.

DNEG is a founding member of the Academy Software Foundation (ASWF), which was created in 2018 by the Linux Foundation and the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences. The ASWF is the top organisation in the motion picture industry for pushing the development of open-source software for image creation, visual effects, animation, and sound technologies.

As per Erik Strauss, Technical Steering Committee Chair for the Open Review Initiative at Academy Software Foundation, “DNEG has been a key partner and driver of the Open Review Initiative since its inception in 2021. Their contribution of xSTUDIO, which was designed from the outset as an open-source project, will be instrumental as we work to build a unified review and approval ecosystem. With its production-driven, user centric approach to media review within studios, xSTUDIO is positioned to lead the conversation in collaborative media review workflow within the Open Review Initiative.”


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