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Shotgun and RSR Announce Integration of VFX Production

Shotgun Software and Rising Sun Research (RSR) today announced integration of their workflow solutions catering to visual effects, animation and other digital production studios. Shotgun is a web-based project management and collaboration system and RSR's cineSync is a remote review and approval tool that enables synchronized viewing and annotation of content across the web.

Press Release from Shotgun Software and Rising Sun Research

Shotgun Software and Rising Sun Research (RSR) today announced integration of their workflow solutions catering to visual effects, animation and other digital production studios. Shotgun is a web-based project management and collaboration system and RSR's cineSync is a remote review and approval tool that enables synchronized viewing and annotation of content across the web. Together, they enable teams collaborating across multiple locations to work more efficiently.

"Visual effects artists hold review sessions daily to evaluate their work with supervisors, clients and other artists. cineSync enables remote synchronized sessions with frame annotation. With the Shotgun integration, comments and annotated frames generated during review sessions are recorded as notes in the Shotgun database," said Rory McGregor, Product Manager, cineSync. "By having Shotgun and cineSync work together, end users can optimize workflows, minimize errors, and improve collaboration and communication across facilities and teams regardless of their geographical location."

"Now that remote collaboration is a way of life for our clients, it is important the required workflows are both creatively effective and efficient, "said Don Parker, co-founder and CEO, Shotgun Software. "This integration helps our clients create and update review sessions quickly, and then later publish annotated frames from cineSync directly to the creative team via Shotgun where they are tracked for future reference."

The integration of Shotgun and cineSync will enable efficiencies such as:

* Initiating and updating cineSync sessions quickly from within the Shotgun interface* Publishing review session notes and frame annotations from cineSync into Shotgun with one click, eliminating the need to copy information manually and take additional notes* Storing cineSync session files with the Shotgun playlists for future review* Launching cineSync from Shotgun with one click* Transferring the media to review session guests quickly and easily with integrated FTP, SFTP, HTTP and Aspera clients in cineSync* Having Shotgun follow cineSync sessions in real time, allowing instant access to previous notes, versions and other information* Being able to completely customize all the integration features and add your own functionality

Shotgun is a flexible and scalable web-based project management system designed specifically for the visual effects, CG feature animation and video game industries, allowing all parties involved in a project instant access to critical data, messaging and real-time project progress. Available in both a hosted (SaaS) and licensed model, large, mid-sized, boutique facilities and independent artists can all benefit from Shotgun-managed pipelines. Shotgun is currently in private beta; companies can learn more and sign up for the beta at www.shotgunsoftware.com.

cineSync is the leading visual collaboration tool for the VFX, animation, post production, games and advertising industries around the globe. cineSync was developed to address the issue of remote reviews and approvals, allowing directors, producers and supervisors to perform live run-throughs of work being carried out in another country, another city or even the building next door, without needing to leave their office. Its intuitive interface, ease of use and reliability has seen cineSync rapidly adopted worldwide as the industry standard tool for remote review and approval, making multi-facility, or event multi-country projects truly achievable.

The cineSync/Shotgun integration is available now via a free installer with cineSync Pro accounts. A free trial version of cineSync Pro, including the integration, is available by contacting cineSync. Further information on the integration can be found at www.cinesync.com/shotgun.

*About Shotgun SoftwareShotgun Software was founded in January 2006 by a group of visual effects professionals to build production tracking and pipeline solutions. The founding members worked together on a major studio animated feature, and are developing Shotgun to fill the mounting industry need for a commercially viable system for managing complex projects spread across multiple locations. Shotgun is actively developing the system with more than 125 industry studios including Digital Domain, Framestore, Zoic Studios, Dr. D, and Laika. For more information, and an online demonstration, visit www.shotgunsoftware.com.

*About Rising Sun Research*Rising Sun Research (RSR) is a specialist provider of tools to visual professionals, with clients including some of the biggest (and smallest) visual effects companies, post production facilities, digital film labs, educational institutions and film productions in the world. The company was founded in 1999 as a technology spin-off from the visual effects company Rising Sun Pictures and is an independent, privately held company headquartered in Adelaide, Australia.

*About cineSynccineSync is a synchronized media player for remote collaboration. By synchronizing your media and utilizing cineSync's drawing and text annotation tools, you can quickly and efficiently review your work at the same time with anyone anywhere in the world. cineSync offers an unparalleled user experience and makes it possible for your clients to participate in a review session without needing their own account. For more information, visit www.cinesync.com.

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