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Autodesk Releases RV Media Review Software as Open Source

Joining with code contributions from DNEG and Sony Pictures Imageworks, RV will help shape the Open Review Initiative, the ASWF effort to standardize VFX and animation standards while building a unified, open source toolset for playback, review, and approval.

Autodesk has renewed its commitment to providing open source resources to creators everywhere by releasing RV, its Sci-Tech award-winning media review and playback software, to join open source code contributors, including DNEG’s xStudio and Sony Pictures Imageworks’ itview. Together these contributions will help shape the Open Review Initiative, the Academy Software Foundation’s (ASWF) newest sandbox project to build a unified, open source toolset for playback, review, and approval.

As a founding member of ASWF, launched in 2018 by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences (AMPAS) under The Linux Foundation umbrella, Autodesk is furthering the organization’s goal of encouraging the use of open source software across the motion picture industry to streamline global collaboration. 

“Sharing RV desktop media player with the open source community is a natural next step in our journey to embrace cloud workflows and open standards – like MaterialX, OpenTimelineIO, and USD,” said Diana Colella, SVP, Media & Entertainment, Autodesk. “At a time when demand for content is at an all-time high, we’re very excited to create new opportunities and resiliency for the industry.” 

RV contains professional-grade media player technology that allows VFX, animation artists, and production teams to seamlessly view high-resolution images and sequences in real-time and compare different versions while collaborating on projects.

“RV is critical to our animation pipeline, and this allows us to share our integrations with the industry,” said Darin Grant, Animal Logic CTO, and ASWF board member. “It's similar to what we’ve done with Autodesk and Pixar to integrate our ALUSDMaya toolsets into the Autodesk-supported Maya-USD plugin. As they did with their contributions to OpenColorIO, Autodesk is once again demonstrating its commitment to open source by sharing foundational libraries and toolsets that will help push the industry forward.”

Autodesk acquired the RV technology from Tweak Software in 2015 and integrated it into the ShotGrid production management platform. The platform has eliminated workflow bottlenecks, enabled live collaborative review sessions, and supported teams by accelerating time to pixel during reviews.  Autodesk will continue supporting RV commercially as part of the ShotGrid ecosystem.

More information about Autodesk’s commitment to the open source community is available here.

Source: Autodesk

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