Review Tool

vfx dailies review system

REVIEW AND EDITING FOR VFX

With ReviewTool we propose a novel way of managing visual effects editing that is inspired by music software and is built on top of a strong database back-end that automates most of the changes. ReviewTool is based on three main design principles: 1) There is only one sequence of cut information that drives the entire edit. 2) Almost all data in the edit is coming from an asset management system, and is gathered via high-level queries rather than manual selection. 3) The edit may contain any type of information relating to the sequence, not just video and audio.

With ReviewTool we propose a novel way of managing visual effects editing that is inspired by music software and is built on top of a strong database back-end that automates most of the changes. ReviewTool is based on three main design principles: 1) There is only one sequence of cut information that drives the entire edit. 2) Almost all data in the edit is coming from an asset management system, and is gathered via high-level queries rather than manual selection. 3) The edit may contain any type of information relating to the sequence, not just video and audio.

RICH, COLLABORATIVE WORKFLOW

A favorite tool of artists, leads, and supervisors, teams can manage large lists of references, create playlists of the dailies that interest them, play dailies in context in our custom timeline and review and give constructive feedback right from inside the tool. ReviewTool is made available to our VFX Supervisors and Production team using Linux, Windows and Mac around the world.

A favorite tool of artists, leads, and supervisors, teams can manage large lists of references, create playlists of the dailies that interest them, play dailies in context in our custom timeline and review and give constructive feedback right from inside the tool. ReviewTool is made available to our VFX Supervisors and Production team using Linux, Windows and Mac around the world.

SIMPLE, INTUITIVE VISUALIZATION

The grid representation maintains a strong relationship between rows and columns. In a column all events relate to a shot; in a row all events are bound to the track. This provides a simple, intuitive visualization of the data, and functionality for adjusting the order of tracks and even shots. When shot-order is modified, clips across all tracks are adjusted in real-time.

The grid representation maintains a strong relationship between rows and columns. In a column all events relate to a shot; in a row all events are bound to the track. This provides a simple, intuitive visualization of the data, and functionality for adjusting the order of tracks and even shots. When shot-order is modified, clips across all tracks are adjusted in real-time.

BETTER SCREENING ROOM DECISIONS

Using ReviewTool in the screening room provides a significant user-experience improvement over traditional workflows on dedicated 2k players. ReviewTool provides real-time 2k playback, leveraging high-performance disks and a powerful rendering engine inside Tweak Software’s RV. The use of visual overlays allows us to represent some of the non-video track types like scheduling or status, augmenting the visual context of the image projected on the screen. Overall, the broader set of contextual information for each shot in the review enables supervisors and directors to make better informed decisions about their movie.

Using ReviewTool in the screening room provides a significant user-experience improvement over traditional workflows on dedicated 2k players. ReviewTool provides real-time 2k playback, leveraging high-performance disks and a powerful rendering engine inside Tweak Software’s RV. The use of visual overlays allows us to represent some of the non-video track types like scheduling or status, augmenting the visual context of the image projected on the screen. Overall, the broader set of contextual information for each shot in the review enables supervisors and directors to make better informed decisions about their movie.