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Netflix, AWS join Academy Software Foundation

Offers a forum for open source software developers to share resources and collaborate on image creation, visual effects, animation and sound technologies

Netflix, Amazon Web Services, MovieLabs and RodeoFX have joined the Academy Software Foundation, a group that offers a forum for open source software developers to share resources and collaborate on image creation, visual effects, animation and sound technologies.

The Foundation was launched by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences a year ago and already counts Linux Foundation, Cisco, Dreamworks Animation, Unreal, Google Cloud, Sony Pictures, Walt Disney Studios, Red Hat, Warner Bros and the Visual Effects Society among its members.

The Foundation also announced it is now hosts the OpenTimelineIO project, an open source tool initially developed at Pixar that has been used for its films including Toy Story 4. OpenTimelineIO is an open source Application Programming Interface and interchange format aimed at enabling collaboration and communication of editorial data and timeline information between a studio’s story, editorial, production and post production departments.

“We’re thrilled to join the Academy Software Foundation and look forward to extending our collaboration with peers and partners on innovative software projects,” said Netflix director of post production engineering Erik Strauss.

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