This article describes the steps required to upload, prepare, and submit Picture Finishing (DI) Plates to VFX Vendors. See below for more detailed instructions on setting up your environment, uploading data to Content Hub Workspaces, importing Plates, Color Data, Auxiliary Data and, Proxies into the Asset Import Tool, and submitting those plates to VFX Vendors.
Please refer to the following document for Content Hub initial setup.
VFX Plate Naming Convention for Picture Finishing (DI) Vendors
Before proceeding with your VFX Plate Delivery upload, please ensure that your assets were created and prepared following the requirements outlined in the VFX Plate Naming Best Practices guide.
If the naming convention or file types you are using for deliveries on this show differ from what is outlined, please reach out to your Production Workflows Specialist.
Import Profile & Folder Structure
Before using the tool, we will ask to share a sample of the VFX Plate Delivery and folder structure being used on a project.
If following the VFX Plate Naming Best Practices guide as recommended above, the default profile should be able to import the assets.
If the VFX Plate Delivery and folder structure is different from the guide above, the Netflix team will need to assist to create a custom profile fit for the naming convention/folder structure combination. Please reach out to your Production Workflows Specialist to discuss custom profiles.
Workspace View of Default Folder Structure:
Folder with tags applied in Asset Import Tool:
OS X View of Default Folder Structure:
Default Import Profile
All items below should be located directly in the root folder tagged as “Source” when importing from Workspace or Workspace Shares.
ATBP_0A1_010_v001.mov [shotname=ATBP_0A1_010, preview_proxy=ATBP_0A1_010, video=ATBP_0A1_010,version=001]
VFX Plate Folder
ATBP_0A1_010_FG01_v001/ # [vfx_plate_version=ATBP_0A1_010, version=001, plate_name=FG01]
VFX Plate Image Sequences
ATBP_0A1_010_FG01_v001.01000-01045.exr [vfx_plate_version=ATBP_0A1_010, image_sequence=ATBP_0A1_010, element.first_frame=01000, element.last_frame=01045]
Color Data Folder
Color Data Files
VFX Plate Delivery Submission Steps
Step One - Upload
To begin the VFX Plate Delivery process
- Navigate to the Workspace tab within your project.
- Click on the Workspace Shares tab on the left column.
- Expand your VFX Mailbox folder with your show name.
- Drag and drop the folder into the “showname”_Plate_Delivery folder:
Once the upload has started, you can navigate to the Mailbox tab to begin staging your submission. Please note that any files that fail to completely upload will result in the submission failing.
Step Two - Prepare the submission
Next, navigate to the MAILBOX tab and click “NEW SUBMISSION”. You’ll be prompted to fill out the required fields for this submission:
- Submission Type: VFX Plates
- Vendor: this is the recipient of the submission, you should see the vendor(s) you are working with for VFX in this list.
- Submission Name: if you are tracking submissions in a tracking tool, you can use this Submission ID field to correlate this information back to your production management software.
*NOTE - Duplicate Submission IDs are not accepted.
Once this info has been filled out, simply click “CREATE” to create a new empty submission:
Step Three - Option 1: Import the VFX Plates via Workspaces
Once an empty submission has been created, your next step is to attach VFX Plates to the submission. This can be accomplished in two ways, either by Importing these shots from your Workspace, or by browsing the existing VFX Plates in the asset library. We’ll show the instructions for Importing from Workspaces below.
From the details page of the Submission, then click “Import from Workspace”:
Next, from either your Workspaces or the Workspace Shares select the root folder you would like to submit, then click “Review Import”. By doing this, the Asset Import Tool will attempt to extract metadata from the naming convention of the files and folders that are selected. If you do not see results you expect, please file a support ticket in app and we will help troubleshoot with you.
If the shot metadata looks good to you, select “Import”. Your shots have now been attached to the Submission. You can add more shots to the Submission by adding from the Asset library or by Importing new shots.
*NOTE - The root folder should contain plates within the subfolders. Do not select the subfolders as the root folder. Please refer to the screenshots of folders in the Import Profile & Folder Structure section.
Step Three - Option 2: Import the VFX Shots via Assets Library
Once an empty submission has been created, your next step is to attach VFX Plates to the submission. This can be accomplished in two ways, either by importing these shots from your Workspace, or by browsing the existing VFX Plates in the asset library. We’ll show the instructions for Importing from the Asset Library below.
From the details page of the Submission, then choose “Select from Assets Library” by clicking the blue arrow to the right of Import From Workspace:
Once clicked, a window will appear displaying all available assets for import within the project.
Click the checkbox on the left hand side. Once all shots are selected click the blue “Add” button located in the lower right hand corner of the window.
Step Four - Submit
Once you have added all of the plates you plan to submit to the VFX vendor, simply click the “Submit” button. Upon submitting, a notification email will be sent to the VFX vendor, and the plates will begin automatically downloading on their end. You’re done!
If you’d like to check on the status of your submission, navigate back to the Mailbox by clicking the back arrow or the Mailbox tab header. Then go to “VFX Plate Delivery”.
If you require support, please submit a ticket in app or contact email@example.com for technical issues. Be sure to include as much information as possible such as Project Name, URL, and Workflow.
- Updated workflow name to match unified pipeline naming