eyeon Production Pipeline (EPP) Open Source Workflow Independence
Toronto, Canada: July 4, 2013
Leading VFX and Broadcast software developer, eyeon Software, announced today the shipping release of EPP, eyeons latest solution to drive production efficiencies and productivity.
A forerunner in tools that provide a very fast, responsive, and highly-productive experience, eyeon Software introduces EPP. EPPs benefits can deliver cost savings as the paths now live on global space that is accessible to all products. In contrast to conventions, EPPs approach is far less error prone, taking care of specifying the paths. Artists are no longer required to learn the internals of the filesystem and can work directly with the shots and assets managed by the pipeline.
Instead of relying on restrictive databases, EPP works around simple XML files that can be easily copied to other machines or facilities. More than a suite of scripts that provides flexibility, EPP is a way of working that offers a fully-functional starting point to manage folder structures for projects, shots, and data. It is available in source code to extend and modify as required however EPP is customizable without knowledge of programming by editing simple XML setting files.
EPP is available as a binary installer but also in source form as python scripts hosted at github. Since EPP is released with an unrestrictive NewBSD license, everyone is invited to adapt, change, and contribute to this project.
A key component to EPP is the out-of-the-box integration capabilities with Generation. Designed to sit on everyones desktop, Generation will not only save time and money, facilities now have a snapshot of production overviews to see precisely where they stand on each project. These reports can be as simple as a text document or include as much data and imagery as required, all automated and provided in whatever format best serves each department.
Its one of the reasons I enjoy making more movies. In the old days, it was cumbersome. Now its an interactive process. We constantly see shots and how they develop
You can actually add to the quality by noting different things.
[right]Roland Emmerich, White House Down[/right]
As part of the new EPP toolset, Generation has been updated to version 3.1 and includes a number of new features.
Typical Workflow Software Supported in EPP
Avid via eyeon Connection
Generation Highlights Include
120FPS HFR and 4K Stereo playback
Logical effect stacks combined on a flexible timeline
Direct connection to Fusion
Event scripting to support numerous pipelines, (i.e. Adobe, Autodesk, The Foundry, Maxon, Side Effects…)
Completely scriptable (Python and LUA)
Artist and shot assignments
Annotation and communication
Tangent Wave support
Artist Configurable Metadata Environment (ACME)
EPP is completely Open Source to the VFX and post-production communities
Stereo features have been extended
The EDL workflow has been remodeled
We are glad to support a community that has been contributing free macros, scripts, and plugins over the years. Open source allows us to initialize a common project for our customers where everyone can benefit from each others contribution. This demonstrates why it is important to us to offer customization options that significantly improve the workflow.
[right]Blazej Floch, EPP and Technical Specialist, eyeon Software[/right]