RV Explorer integration script updated

loocas | miscellaneous,Python,RV,software,technical | Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

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Just a shout out to those who downloaded my RV Explorer integration Python script.

I’ve updated it so that RV now accepts file sequences with various leading zero lengths as I bumped into this issue myself recently.

Hope I haven’t caused you too much trouble. :)

Here’s the updated script: v0.3

RV integration in Explorer

loocas | miscellaneous,Python,RV,technical,videotutorials | Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

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Yesterday, I posted about RV integration in Windows Explorer. Today, I have the script and a tutorial on how to hook this up ready for your pleasures. :)

Just download the script, place it somewhere safe and follow the tutorial on how to create an RV specific right-click menu entry in Windows Explorer.

Enjoy! :)

RV integration in Explorer, preview

loocas | miscellaneous,RV,technical | Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

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Basically, I’m tired of this workflow: fire up RV, invoke the open file dialog, navigate to the folder where my image sequence is and finally double-click the sequence I want to review.

I want to streamline this workflow as much as possible. So, my idea is to add a right-click menu entry for the most frequent file types I review daily, i.e. jpgs, exrs, tiffs, etc. When right-clicking on any of the files in a sequence a script will figure out the sequence numbering and will pass the wild-carded file name to RV via RVPUSH.

When I’m done, I’ll post the scripts and how-to here, so stay tuned. ;)

RVIO in a daily use

loocas | Python,RV,software,technical | Tuesday, November 1st, 2011


Every TD knows that command line tools are among the most powerful in their arsenal of tricks and secrets.

I want to mention RVIO, as today it saved me quite a lot of time (again), which is absolutely key when a deadline is coming.

My client requested a minor tweak of animation (a lip sync, to be concrete) on an almost finished shot. So, the general approach would be to do the change, have the animation data go through the pipeline and at the end have the finished frames ready to be loaded in an existing edit, which then gets rendered out and the final result gets showed to the client.

All fine, until you realize your render farm is completely full with other shots, so you have to skip the “beauty” pass rendering and only present the client with a, somehow, polished preview directly from your 3D package, which isn’t the safest way, trust me. But this client is great and understands that what he sees is actually only a preview of the animation.

So, the last piece of puzzle to solve is to get the preview assembled with additional layers of information (such as frame number, shot name etc…), basically a slightly customized overlay. All this sounds nice and simple, you just open up (in my case) Premiere Pro, swap the layers, render out the portion you need and be done with it.

But this certainly isn’t the TD way. ;)


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