Using open source software and equipment for video production

Before leaving Technicolor, I developed an interest in the open source concept and started researching it in more depth. It seemed to me that if open source could be applied to film and television production, there was the possibility to really revolutionize the industry and encourage creativity in an entirely new way.

During the many years I’ve spent in this industry, I’ve seen a few changes and iterations of the current digital workflows, and it struck me how much we rely on proprietary systems for most delivery. There’s nothing wrong with this because for Visual Special Effects (VFX) to Digital Intermediate (DI) or grading, to onset Look Up Tables (which are used onset to apply to the monitors and rushes for dailies) and more, they do a good job. However, my research into open source led me to believe we could do more, and I started asking myself some fundamental questions.