Chaos has released Chaos Player, an image sequence player developed in-house by Chaos for instant render output review and basic compositing, color grading and editing. The new tool is described as a successor to Asynthetic's Pdplayer, which Chaos used to distribute and has discontinued already.
Highlights of Chaos Player including supports image sequences review, A/B wipes, MP4 export, compositing, color editing. Let's take a look at more details together.
| Image Sequence Viewer
The most basic function of the software, as its name suggests, is a high-performance player for both video and frame sequence projects playback. It allows users to review rendering results in high-resolution 64-bit image sequences smoothly, in mono or stereoscopic views. Multiple format, including OpenEXR, HDR and DPX are supported by Chaos Player. From video, image, audio, to project interoperability and composition, a wide range of format are covered which you may check the Supported Formats List for more details.
This is pretty similar to the newly added feature, the Render Results Preview that we brought in XRender 1.20.11, the latest version of our cloud render service desktop this month. You may view you render sequences in XRender client directly when your project finished rendering, by layers channels as well.
| Project Adjustment: A/B Wipe, Layering & Editing
As each sequence is cached independently and intelligently, and is able for layering, further adjustments like compositing, color corrections or position transformations are possible in real time.
Users may wipe between vertically or horizontally to compare shots, four at most, to see the difference between your own and others work. It's a good choice when tech-checking animation output and it can be used both during playback and for still images.
Multi-channel sequences review for EXR and VRIMG files are supported, together with multiple layers to be played simultaneously while applying changes in real time. As a creator, you can have full control of your layers, from the scales and aspect ratio of each layer, to decide their combination and the set in timeline.
Basic compositing operations and export to Adobe After Effects or Foundry's Nuke for final output are also capable for supervisors to fast-forward their digital review workflow.
In the meanwhile, working like a video editor, Chaos Player also enables users to adjust parameters such as exposure, contrast, color balance, and layer blending modes in real-time while playback is running, quickly arrange your shots, cut sequences, or add animated fade effects.
| What's More
In addition to the features mentioned above, Chaos Player has also:
Integrated the Chaos installer within;
Available for exporting videos in MP4 format;
Changed the interface color theme to neutral grey;
Add support for OpenColorIO vesion 2, the latest version of the open color-management standard in its officially version 2.0;
System requirements of Chaos Player including Windows 10+, CentOS 7+ Linux and macOS 10.15+. The software is rental-only, with subscriptions costing $99/year. For more information about Chaos Player, please read the official document in Chaos website.