Open Source xSTUDIO Gets Launched By DNEG


As part of today’s announcement from DNEG, the open source beta version of xSTUDIO is now accessible via the Academy Software Foundation (ASWF) GitHub site.

The open source beta version of xSTUDIO has been made available via the Academy Software Foundation (ASWF) GitHub repository as part of DNEG’s announcement today that it would continue to focus on creating technology that leads the industry.

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 extensive use of open source libraries, the application has a contemporary, feature-rich, and pipeline-independent core application. Contributors also have complete control over how it is integrated into their pipelines thanks to these additional features.

As an open source undertaking, xSTUDIO will be overseen by a Technical Steering Committee (TSC) made up of engineers and community contributors and presided over by DNEG. 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 furthering the development of open source software for image creation, visual effects, animation, and sound technologies.

“From its conception, xSTUDIO was designed to allow everyone working in the media creation industries to collaborate seamlessly,” said Chas Jarrett, Creative Director, DNEG. “VFX supervisors, artists, directors, DoPs, studio executives, producers – we all look at images every day in many different ways. xSTUDIO gives us a common industry toolset for organising and displaying all types of media, annotating and editing them, and then securely sharing the results with each other, on our laptops, in screening rooms or over the internet.”

Jarrett continued, “The sharing of the codebase for this tool aligns with DNEG’s belief in the importance of collaboration and recognises that widely implemented solutions benefit the whole community of content creators. The beta version of xSTUDIO is intended to provide developers the opportunity to engage with the project and contribute to its ongoing development roadmap.”


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