Autodesk ships RV 2021
Thursday, November 5, 2020 | Written by Jim Thacker
Autodesk has released RV 2021, the latest version of the image viewer and playback system that comes with the shotgun production tracking system and supports Python 3.
The update moves RV to annual version numbering and introduces a new system of earlier versions available for studios that want to use a single build of the software during a production.
A powerful image viewer and playback system for VFX and animation production
RV was originally developed by Tweak Software and acquired by Autodesk in 2015. It is a powerful image viewing and playback system for VFX and animation work.
The main change in RV 2021 is the support of Python 3.7.6 per the CY2020 specification for the VFX reference platform, which Autodesk adopted in RV 7.5 last year.
The update also deprecates Shotgun Review, the old combination of Shotgun Media App, Browser Overlay Player, and RV Desktop Media Player, also known as SG Review.
Autodesk has now moved its "key workflows" – including the Import Cuts tool and the Python console – to "other parts of the review ecosystem" as detailed in this forum thread.
New annual version numbering and change lock system. Previous versions available
RV 2021.0.0 also moves the software to annual version numbering – according to the previous scheme, it would have been RV 8.0 – and introduces a new system with “earlier versions available”.
Studios wishing to use a single build of RV during the course of a production can now select the latest available previous version that has been "locked to minimize changes".
The currently available previous version is RV 7.9. Autodesk plans to determine a new AVP once a year.
Pricing and system requirements
RV 2021.0 is available for Windows 10, CentOS 7.4+ Linus and macOS 10.12+. A floating or node-locked RV Solo Perpetual License is $ 299. You can find more independent prices here.
A Shotgun subscription is $ 30 / account / month for an "Awesome" account and $ 50 / account / month for a "Super Awesome" account, which offers additional security and support options. Both include RVs.
For a full list of what's new in RV 2021, check out the online documentation
For more information on previous versions of RVs available, visit the Shotgun forum
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