Netflix Joins Academy Software Foundation

Netflix has joined the Academy Software Foundation (ASWF), a forum for open source software development in the motion picture and media industries, the organization announced.

The foundation also announced that OpenTimelineIO has been accepted as a foundation-hosted project and is one of the first projects Netflix will contribute to as a member. Initially created by Pixar Animation Studios, OpenTimelineIO (OTIO) is an Open Source API and interchange format that facilitates collaboration and communication of editorial data and timeline information between a studio’s story, editorial, and production departments through post-production.

“Netflix’s deep expertise in streaming media needs no introduction, but it is lesser known that Netflix also has a strong commitment to open source software, having open sourced many projects already, and contributing to many more,” said David Morin, executive director of the Academy Software Foundation, in a statement. “We are pleased to welcome Netflix into our community, and we look forward to their involvement and contributions to ASWF projects, including OpenTimelineIO, which we are pleased to announce is now a foundation project.”

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“We’re thrilled to join the Academy Software Foundation and look forward to extending our collaboration with peers and partners on innovative software projects, such as OTIO, which are the cornerstone of digital production,” said Erik Strauss, Netflix director of post-production engineering, in a statement.

“We are pleased to see Netflix join the Academy Software Foundation. As a founding member, we have watched the Foundation’s projects flourish with the support of the community, which is why we submitted OpenTimelineIO to the Foundation,” said Guido Quaroni, VP of research and development at Pixar, in a statement. “Netflix has been an active contributor of OpenTimelineIO, and we look forward to their continued support and collaboration as a Foundation member.”

Launched in August 2018 by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Linux Foundation, the Academy Software Foundation provides a neutral forum for open source software developers to share resources and collaborate on technologies for image creation, visual effects, animation and sound.

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