Pixomondo

Partnership with STX Next

July 2017 - August 2017

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
Media & Visual Effects
COUNTRY
United States
Featured in
Python desktop application project for video preprocessing automation - Pixomondo - Case Study-img
won a number of awards for their work
including an Academy Award and three Emmy Awards
the dragons in Game of Thrones
were brought to life with their tech

Project details

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.

Python desktop application project for video preprocessing automation - Pixomondo - Case Study
Python desktop application project for video preprocessing automation - Pixomondo - Case Study
STX Next Delivered
Team Extension
Team Extension
Backend Development
Backend Development
Automated Testing
Automated Testing
Manual Testing
Manual Testing
Sebastian Kral
Global Head of Pipeline @ Pixomondo

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.

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.

Python
Python
Git
Git
Pyside
Pyside
Qt
Qt

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