Depends: Workflow Management Software for Visual Effects Production

Proceeding DigiPro 14 Proceedings of the Fourth Symposium on Digital Productin, page 19 -- 24 - 2014
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In this paper, we present an open source, multi-platform, workflow management application named Depends, designed to clarify and enhance the workflow of artists in a visual effects environment. Depends organizes processes into a directed acyclic graph, enabling artists to quickly identify appropriate changes, make modifications, and improve the look of their work. Recovering information about past revisions of an element is made simple, as the provenance of data is a core focus of a Depends workflow. Sharing work is also facilitated by the clear and consistent structure of Depends. We demonstrate the flexibility of Depends by presenting a number of scenarios where its style of workflow management has been essential to the creation of high-quality results.

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Depends is an open-source project released under the BSD license. Read more or download the code at the project web page .

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@InProceedings\{GU14,
  author       = "Gardner, Andrew and Unger, Jonas",
  title        = "Depends: Workflow Management Software for Visual Effects Production",
  booktitle    = "Proceeding DigiPro 14 Proceedings of the Fourth Symposium on Digital Productin",
  pages        = "19 -- 24",
  year         = "2014",
  editor       = "Nafees Bin Zafar and Larry Gritz",
  publisher    = "ACM Press"
}

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