Pixomondo

ABOUT:

Pixomondo is an international visual effects company with a global network of studios in Los Angeles, Toronto, Stuttgart, Beijing, Vancouver, Frankfurt and Shanghai. The company is revolutionizing its industry offering visual effects production and supervision, CG character creation, 3D animation and pre-visualization for the feature film, television, and commercial industries. Among their projects are Game of Thrones, Star Trek Discovery, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., X-Men, Fast and Furious and Wonder Woman.

INDUSTRY:

Visual Effects

COUNTRY:

US

FEATURED IN:

Partnership with STX Next:

July 2017 - August 2017 (1 month)

Project:

Ingestion Tool

A desktop application used to perform a set of batch operations on frames, movie sequences and files. It also allows the user to extract thumbnails and previews, and send frames to render farms.

STX NEXT DELIVERED

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Team
Extension

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Backend
Development

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Automated
Testing

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Manual
Testing

TECH STACK

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Python

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git

...and PySide, Qt, PyBuilder, Skype

CHALLENGE:

Pixomondo receives video frames from their clients in different formats with different naming conventions and file structures. Each asset requires specific preprocessing which until now was done semi-automatically with console tools. Their challenge was to create a configurable desktop application with a UI for automating the preprocessing step, allowing Pixomondo to implement further image processing.

SOLUTION:

To achieve this goal, STX Next used sophisticated logic combined with regular expressions. It led the team to create a variety of unique processors dedicated to transforming the required files. All of the logic is easily configurable through a dedicated desktop application. This allowed us to retain the flexibility of console tools, but also greatly speed up batch operations and minimize the manual work behind repeatable tasks.

 

TESTIMONIALS

Author

It was a pleasure working with the team at STX Next. Collaboration and communication worked like a charm and made our first foray into hiring outside help a big success. The developed tool included technology we were able to extract as a library and made the effort even more worthwhile. Looking forward to our next endeavour.

— Sebastian Kral, Sebastian Kral, Global Head of Pipeline @ Pixomondo

Author

As developers we don’t have many chances to work for such spectacular clients. The idea that our application will help create the most famous Hollywood productions was more than exciting. Now everytime I watch Game of Thrones I say: it wouldn’t look like that without a piece of my work.

— Michał Frąk, Python Developer @STX Next

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