By: NIM Labs
Born out of the hearts and minds of artists looking for a way to move past the organization of collaboration and truly just collaborate, NIM is a browser based management tool created by artists for artists to track the post-production pipeline from start to finish. From asset creation and shot tracking through bidding, scheduling, and actualization, NIM is customizable to meet the needs of any studio. We are extremely excited to share NIM with you in the hopes that it will enable existing artists and foster new studios, expanding the business of creation that we love.
NIM lets artists focus on whats important… their own inspiration. Designed with the creative in mind, NIM is a visual medium to assist in the production process. From the initial bid to final delivery, NIM is there to guide you every step of the way.
Built from the ground up as a collaborative tool, NIM facilitates communication at any distance. Whether you are across town, across the country or around the world, NIM brings studios together sharing concepts, ideas, and feedback in a single space.
Managing from the top down only gives you a birds eye view. NIMgets down and dirty working directly with your tools to manage project structures, naming conventions, and file publishing creating a turnkey pipeline based on your specifications.
Whether you have a simple question about adding shots and assigning tasks to a new job or need custom tools developed to integrate NIM with your proprietary pipeline, we are available and ready to help you get the job done.
In contrast to cloud-based solutions, NIM is a virtual machine that is installed directly on a studio’s individual network, making the data secure behind the studio’s own firewall and enabling independent management. Users log in through a standard web browser and the extensive group-based permission structure customizes the UI to present only relevant data to approved users.NIM’s comprehensive feature set addresses every stage of production from asset management, shot tracking and creative review, to bidding, scheduling and job actualization – all within the NIMplatform’s clean aesthetic and sophisticated design. NIM provides a streamlined, centralized point of entry for studios ranging from multi-site facilities to the single artist working alone to efficiently improve post production job management resulting in time and cost savings.
A home base for every artist, the dashboard provides immediate access to all user assigned jobs, tasks, and notes.
User defined bookmarks so you only see the jobs that are relevant.
All tasks assigned to the user are available on the dashboard with filtering by the current status.
Access all notes sent to you including whiteboard images without digging into the job.
All job information is stored directly on the projects homepage with inline editing for all elements.
Gantt chart style scheduling lets your artists clearly see the start and end date for assigned tasks.
Log project archives with unique ID keys for quick job restoration. Add multiple jobs per backup media for maximum density.
Color Coded Tasks
Task status is quickly recognizable by a studio defined color coding system.
Drag & Drop Assignment
Adding tasks to assets and shots, artist assignment to tasks, and task status updates are all quickly and instantly updating using the task drag and drop menus.
Monitor all media coming in and out of the studio with date stamped tracking logs.
Studio Defined Project Structures
NIM manages your entire project including the folder structure on your server using templates that you define.
Multiple project structure templates can be created to accommodate the needs of different jobs.
Multi-location Server Aware
Attach multiple servers to a job and assigned project structure is replicated across all systems.
Managed or Unmanaged
NIM can be used with or without the benefit of managed project structures, keeping the system flexible to fit into all environments.
Visually share feedback with artists using on video drawing and text tools. All whiteboard drawings are saved per frame and reviewable at any time.
Upload Dailies & Edits
Both edits and individual dailies can be uploaded for review using drag and drop direct from your desktop.
Automatic Dailies Creation
Using our connectors for Thinkbox’s Deadline Render Management, NIM support automatic uploading of Deadline Draft renders direct to the users task.
PDF Note Export
Dailies PDF export lets you generate a document compiling all notes for a particular edit or task dailies for sharing with artists or clients.
Create bids from studio defined line items and custom bid templates. Quickly version bids to keep track of changes throughout the bidding process. Multiple bids can be awarded to accommodate multiple phases of a job and client overages. Export PDFs to present directly to the client.
Chart the progression of a project by artists time with per user OT and DT. Artists can be categorized by location to quickly see the division of labor amongst multiple studios.
Calculate job actuals from the awarded bid against artist timecards, project expenses, and client overages. Determine estimated hard costs and track money spent on OT and DT throughout the course of the project and compare your initial bid estimate against the final result.
Project the financial outcome of your project on a daily, weekly, or full job basis. Enter in estimated time per artist and expenses to compare and contrast against the original bid and running actuals.
File naming conventions are automatically handled when saved from content applications supporting NIM’s connectors.
3rd Party Integration
NIM connectors plug directly into your favorite content creation software including Autodesk Maya®, Maxon® C4D™, Adobe® AfterEffects®, and The Foundry’s Nuke® allowing you to select files by task and version rather than name.
Automatic publishing of files directly from 3rd party software or within NIM. The use of symbolic linking and file replication are available depending on server OS.
Asset Masters provide version-less asset entities to streamline referencing systems.
Studio Defined Permissions
Users are assigned a permission group defined by studio.
Private jobs mean that only those users studio wide that are assigned to the project can see any the project information.
Action Based Security
Granular permission items allow for specific abilities to be granted on a per action level.
NIM lives as a virtual appliance on your local network so all information is safely guarded behind your firewall and never leaves the facility.
By distributing NIM as a virtual appliance, we ensure that your server is fully configured and working from day one.
Email notification keeps you up to date with all of your latest feedback.
Plug & Play
Getting up and running with NIM is as easy as hitting start on your virtual server.
A robust Python and Web API allows you to connect any way you want. Build NIMaccess directly into your existing toolset and incorporate it’s strength throughout the studio.
Specifications & Licensing
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