Burbank, California

Job Summary:
The Walt Disney Studios is comprised of a large team of creative professionals who produce and acquire live-action and animated motion pictures, direct-to-video content, musical recordings and live stage plays that tell memorable, life-changing stories. Few media and entertainment companies can rival the brands we have the honor of bringing to the world.

As part of the Studio Technology team you'll be joining a group of seasoned, dedicated technologists solving a range of creative problems in innovative ways within an exciting and dynamic industry.

We are looking for a talented, curious, and inventive Software Engineer - Video Technology to join our StudioLAB team: someone who wants to shape the next generation of creative and production technology and directly help drive innovation across our creative cinematic pipelines.

In this role, you will work directly with a team of other researchers and software engineers. You will have ownership and lead the development of new features, through defining requirements, developing proof of concept and prototype, demonstrating the value proposition to stakeholders, deriving support through the imaging ecosystem from content creation to playback, and delivering high-quality reference code to engineering teams. The ideal candidate brings a passion for imaging and the personal focus and drive to spearhead new projects through a complex imaging ecosystem. Basic Qualifications:
  • Ability to create software that is efficient, clean, modular, bug-free, understandable to others, and well documented.
  • Deep understanding of various audio/video codecs such as H.264/H.265/ AV1/ProRes/J2K and how/why specific codecs are used throughout the digital supply chain.
  • Ability to use from and collaborate with various video and image processing libraries and software (e.g. FFMPEG, OpenImageIO, OpenColorIO, OpenCV etc).
  • Experienced eye for video quality detail and understanding of various video artifacts and how to optimize the encoding process to prevent them.
  • Inquisitive. You are curious and ask questions often. You're hungry to learn new things and understand complex problems. You have a desire to learn how things are done and that drives you to look for ways to improve and streamline existing processes.
  • Comfortable with ambiguity. You face change with a cool head and persevere even if you don't have all the details; you're comfortable moving between projects and facing the uncertain because risk and change motivates you to evolve and innovate.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills and an ability to work in a team environment.
  • Goal oriented. You are focused on your goals and drive to get to the desired outcome; you connect business and technology strategies to the software you deliver and can easily articulate the value created.
  • Minimum of 3 years of related experience in developing imaging algorithms
  • Additional experience across the feature film and animation/VFX pipeline a plus.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Familiarity with content creation imaging ecosystem (e.g. DaVinci Resolve, Nuke)
  • Familiarity with various video formats: SDR/HDR, Dolby Vision
  • Experience in machine learning development
  • Experience in programming languages such as: C++, C#, Python

Required Education

Bachelor or master's degree in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Imaging Science, or related field

About The Walt Disney Studios:

For over 95 years, The Walt Disney Studios has been the foundation on which The Walt Disney Company was built. Today it brings quality movies, episodic storytelling, music, and stage plays to consumers throughout the world. The Walt Disney Studios encompasses a collection of respected film studios, including Disney, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Marvel Studios, Lucasfilm, 20th Century Studios, and Searchlight Pictures. It is also home to Disney Theatrical Productions, producer of world-class stage shows.
About The Walt Disney Company:

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with the following business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive media. From humble beginnings as a cartoon studio in the 1920s to its preeminent name in the entertainment industry today, Disney proudly continues its legacy of creating world-class stories and experiences for every member of the family. Disney's stories, characters and experiences reach consumers and guests from every corner of the globe. With operations in more than 40 countries, our employees and cast members work together to create entertainment experiences that are both universally and locally cherished.

This position is with Walt Disney Pictures, which is part of a business segment we call The Walt Disney Studios.

Walt Disney Pictures is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status. Disney fosters a business culture where ideas and decisions from all people help us grow, innovate, create the best stories and be relevant in a rapidly changing world.

Burbank, California

About The Walt Disney Company:

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with the following business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive media. From humble beginnings as a cartoon studio in the 1920s to its preeminent name in the entertainment industry today, Disney proudly continues its legacy of creating world-class stories and experiences for every member of the family. Disney’s stories, characters and experiences reach consumers and guests from every corner of the globe. With operations in more than 40 countries, our employees and cast members work together to create entertainment experiences that are both universally and locally cherished.

 From classic animated features and exhilarating theme park attractions to cutting edge sports coverage, and the hottest shows on television, The Walt Disney Company has been making magic since 1923, creating unforgettable stories that connect with audiences around the world. And we’re just getting started!

The key to our success… The Cast, Crew, Imagineers and Employees who honor Disney’s rich legacy by stretching the bounds of imagination to create the never-before-seen, bringing unparalleled entertainment experiences to people of all ages. Begin a career that delivers unparalleled creative content and experiences to audiences around the world and just imagine the stories you could be part of!

What is #LifeAtDisney like? It’s a series of magical moments with cast members and employees developing and telling our stories in the most innovative ways. Whether it’s a day spent as a Disney VoluntEAR, or celebrating the release of a new interactive experience, retail product or movie, our days are filled with the knowledge that we are creating entertainment experiences the whole family can enjoy. Follow @DisneyCareers on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for a peek behind-the-curtain, and discover how you could connect to a world of stories with Disney!

 

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