Software Developer - Playback and Review Tools

Production Technology, Pipeline Bengaluru, Karnataka Mumbai, India Chennai, India


Position at DNEG

DNEG is offering an exciting opportunity for an experienced application development engineer to join a team creating a cutting-edge cross-platform system for video playback, editing and review.

Viewing moving images is an activity fundamental to almost every role in a VFX and Feature Animation studio. This goes a long way beyond simple video playback – VFX and animation artists, supervisors and producers all require fast, accurate, highly interactive and flexible interfaces for examining their work, submitting notes and feedback as well as producing their own creative edits. Large format image sequences with high bit depth and high frame rate demand the utmost in performance optimisation to make the most of available graphics resources. And in addition to this, collaborative working is an increasingly important aspect of the workflows, requiring innovative solutions to allow multiple users to work together fluently. All this must be delivered by a solution that offers the very best in UX and UI design. To meet these requirements and to take advantage of recent advances in associated technologies, such as HDR displays and projectors, new graphics rendering pipelines and modern video formats, DNEG is investing in a proprietary solution for image review that will be used throughout our global workforce of VFX professionals. On successful deployment through the business our ambition is to eventually open the project to the wider community by taking the project to open source.

We are looking for developers with experience within the associated technology domains to expand the team and help deliver a ground breaking product to the company and hopefully beyond. For this role In addition to excellent software development skills, experience with any of the following key technology areas/disciplines would be considered valuable for this role:

  • Concurrent programming
  • Message passing interfaces
  • Inter-process synchronisation
  • Test driven development

We value your expertise, so with the help of our dedicated Technology Project Managers you will be responsible for planning-out your own development work in close collaboration with the team. We employ the Agile methodology, and you will have influence in all aspects of the software development life cycle: designing, supporting and maintaining the software, as well as helping to integrate the tools into our existing pipeline.

This is an exciting opportunity to join a growing Production Technology department contributing to the technology behind exceptional VFX and Feature Animation work, working alongside a smart, creative and adaptable team of Software Engineers, Project Managers, Project Owners and stakeholders from across the business.

Must have:

  • Degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering or similar, or equivalent experience.
  • Strong programming skills in C/C++ and Python, including modern C++ standards (2011, 2014 etc).
  • Strong comprehension of MPI architectures, concurrent programming and performance optimisation.
  • Familiarity with build and testing tools such as cmake, gtest and test-driven development methodologies

Nice to have:

  • Experience with graphical programming APIs such as Qt (C++ API), OpenGL, GLSL.
  • Experience with the following APIs: Qt QML, FFMPEG, C++ Actor Framework, OpenColourIO.
  • Experience with source control systems and git workflow.
  • Experience of software development in a Linux environment (shells, version management etc).
  • Experience of cross platform development including any exposure to Apple and Windows graphics APIs (Metal/DirectX).

About Us
We are DNEG, one of the world’s leading visual effects and animation companies for the creation of award-winning feature film, television, and multiplatform content. We employ more than 10,000 people with worldwide offices and studios across North America (Los Angeles, Montréal, Toronto, Vancouver), Europe (London), Asia (Bangalore, Mohali, Chennai, Mumbai) and Australia (Sydney).