Pixar released OpenTimelineIO for the Academy Software Foundation


The Academy Software Foundation (ASWF) is an organization aimed at promoting open source software in the film industry. Which it is established under the auspices of the Linux Foundation.

ASWF is seen as a neutral platform to coordinate the interaction between different projects, share resources and accumulate best practices in areas related to the media industry and film production.

Today the (ASWF) presented their first joint project, OpenTimelineIO (OTIO), originally created by the animation studio Pixar and later developed with the participation of Lucasfilm and Netflix.

The pack has been used in the creation of movies such as The Secret of Coco, The Incredibles 2, and Toy Story 4.

With this move OpenTimelineIO joins OpenColorIO, OpenCue, OpenEXR and OpenVDB as incubation stage projects at the Academy Software Foundation

The companies that joined the initiative intend to work together to promote open source software, solve open license issues, manage joint open source projects, and develop open technologies for creating images, visual effects, animation, and sound.

Initially created by Pixar Animation Studios, OpenTimelineIO (OTIO) is an open source API and interchange format that facilitates collaboration and communication of editorial data and timeline information between the Studios, Editorials and Production departments of a I study throughout the Postproduction process.

Since 2016, there have been eleven OTIO releases with contributions from many studios and providers, including Pixar, Lucasfilm, and Netflix.

About OpenTimelineIO

OpenTimelineIO includes a post-production format used at this stage, to exchange data related to video clip editing between different studio departments responsible for writing, editing and production.

The format itself is not a container for video, but it allows you to transfer information about the order and size of the excerpts, referring to external reference media.

The project provides an open API that allows you to manipulate this format and integrate its support into third-party projects, as well as a set of plugins for the conversion of other editing formats. The import / export plug-ins are ready for formats such as Final Cut Pro XML, AAF, and CMX 3600 EDL.



“The non-image data produced by editorial departments is very useful throughout the process. We developed OpenTimelineIO to provide an open source alternative to proprietary formats and allow our community to easily and efficiently exchange editorial deadlines, ”said Guido Quaroni, Pixar's Vice President of Research and Development.

As a project of the Academy Software Foundation, we hope that OpenTimelineIO can help facilitate content creation within film and other similar industries. "

Erik Strauss, Netflix's director of post-production engineering, added that:

“Collaborating with a diverse community of creative partners and service providers requires a consistent and accurate way to store and exchange relationships between media assets on a timeline.

We are delighted to be able to contribute to OTIO as an opportunity to improve the sharing of this essential production data and standardize its authorship for our community of filmmakers.

"As an active contributor to OpenTimelineIO, we are very excited to see it become a project of the Academy Software Foundation, and as a new member of the Foundation, we look forward to working with the rest of the community to grow the project."

In addition to the new joint project of the organization Linux Foundation also announced about joining the ASWF new members, including Netflix, Rodeo FX, and MovieLabs.

Companies that joined previously include Animal Logic, Autodesk, Blue Sky Studios, Cisco, DNEG, DreamWorks, Epic Games, Foundry, Google Cloud, Intel, SideFX, Walt Disney Studios, and Weta Digital.

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On the other hand if you want to know more about it about the OpenTimelineIO documentation you can consult the following link.

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