DNEG Released Codebase of Its Playback and Review Tool xSTUDIO in Beta

The code is available for Linux.

Visual effects company DNEG has released the codebase of its playback and review application xSTUDIO in beta. Part of the Academy Software Foundation's Open Review Initiative, it offers DNEG’s industry partners the ability to contribute features and workflows to support their needs.

The app allows any studio to integrate it into their pipeline via plugins and Python scripting APIs. At the same time, individual users can use it as an alternative to other standalone players and "benefit from its rich set of features".

Its code is available for free to use on Linux platforms. Windows and macOS support should come this year.

“Our aim is to promote simpler collaboration between teams by offering a single, flexible, generalised toolset across all our review scenarios. Open sourcing the xSTUDIO codebase will allow all our industry partners to contribute towards and benefit from this common goal," said Chas Jarrett, Creative Director at DNEG.

Current features include:

  • Displays all common media formats and codecs at almost any bit depth and resolutions up to 8K – (EXR, ProRes, h.26x, DNxHD, PDF, JPG, WAV, AIFF, etc.)
  • Accurate color management with OCIO v2.0 integration
  • Add notes and annotations to media
  • Frame-accurate picture playback to ensure smooth video display without ‘dropped’ video frames as long as your hardware allows
  • Audio playback is tightly synchronized with video display to avoid drift or distortion
  • Zoom/pan, RGBA channel selection, masking, adjust exposure and playback rate
  • Freely organize media into playlists and subsets
  • Push and pull data from any database
  • Flexible metadata payloads (with JSON dictionaries)
  • Pop-out viewer for multi-screen displays
  • “Frames”, “Timecode” and “Frames From Timecode” frame counter
  • Actual and target fps indicator
  • Loop, Ping-Pong, One-Shot repeat modes
  • Load Shotgun playlists, media and notes
  • Publish Shotgun playlists and notesCompare media in A/B mode
  • Auto-align compared media
  • Export viewer snapshots (to EXR, JPG, Tif and PNG)

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