Conference Connecting Ideas Open Source
ON SITE Bertha-Benz-Saal Wednesday, April 24, 12:30

The Academy Software Foundation Open Review Initiative

Video on demand

The Open Review Initiative (ORI) is an umbrella project at the Academy Software Foundation working to build a unified open source toolset for collaborative playback, review and approval of motion picture and related professional media.

The project is comprised of three subprojects:

  1. xStudio - Contributed by DNEG, xStudio is a playback and Review application that can be used as a standalone player or be integrated into any pipeline. 
  2. OpenRV - Contributed by Autodesk, OpenRV is a native review and playback tool used by VFX, animation and content creation teams of all sizes.
  3. Video Encoding Guidelines - documents the best practices for encoding image sequences for review using ffmpeg. It encompases a comparison of numerous codecs, and ffmpeg flag recommendations to ensure the best preservation of the media.

Attend this session to learn about these three projects, and how you can get involved with their development.

Sam Richards, VFX Software Manager, Walt Disney Imagineering

Sam Richards has led the video media team at Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI) since joining in 2014. He specializes in pipeline and projection mapping tools. He has contributed to attractions like Shanghai Pirates, Flight of Passage and the upcoming Tokyo Fantasy Springs.

Before WDI, Sam spent 17 years at Sony Pictures Imageworks as a CG Supervisor and Pipeline Architect and earned a Sci-Tech Academy Award in 2016 for the Itview review application. His filmography includes Spider-Man, The Polar Express, Contact and Joe's Apartment. 

He has been active on the Visual Effects Society Tech Committee for over 12 years and contributed to the ASWF Open Review Initiative where he developed the ORI Encoding Guidelines.