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Overview

As part of the Studio Review process at Netflix, we ask that Visual Effects be delivered to the studio via Content Hub. This can include any potential final Visual Effects, key work-in-progress versions and asset references. 

Technical Specifications 

When delivering VFX shot and asset references for Studio Review, you must use a proxy video format or still image format that is compatible with Content Hub’s encoding service. If you have questions about any of the below, reach out to VFX Operations <vfx-support@svc.netflix.net> and cc your Netflix VFX representative. 

 

Proxy Audio & Video Technical Specifications

Container

MP4, MOV

Video Codec

H.264 (Closed GOP only)

ProRes 422 (HQ) 

ProRes 4444 (XQ NOT supported)

DNxHD 

(ProRes 422 (HQ) ProRes 4444, DNxHD supported in MOV container only)

Resolution 

640x480 to 4096x2160 

(W and H pixel counts must be integers evenly divisible by 4. It is recommended to encode content at its native resolution and add the least amount of padding needed to achieve dimensions that are integers evenly divisible by 4.)

Frame Rates

23.976, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94, 60

Color Space

Rec. 709

Audio Codec (H.264)

HE-AACv1, HE-AACv2, AAC-LC (44.1kHz or 48kHz Sample Rate)

Audio Codec (ProRes, DNxHD)

PCM (48kHz Sample Rate)

Audio Bit Depth

16

Channel Mapping

  • Channel 1 – Stereo Left
  • Channel 2 – Stereo Right

 

Still Image Formats

File Extension

.dpx (single frame), .exr (single frame), .jpg, .jpeg, .pdf (single page), .png, .psd, .tif, .tiff

(PhotoJPEG NOT supported)

 

For Original Studio Film or Indie Film projects you are required to upload all potential final Visual Effects and key work-in-progress versions discussed along the way in 4K:

 

4K Technical Specifications

Container

MOV

Video Codec

Apple ProRes 4444

Resolution

  • Minimum resolution of 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) 
  • DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) or 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) containers preferred (Letterboxing accepted)

Slate

Required

Frame Rate

23.976, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94, 60

Color Space

Rec. 709 (CDL/LUT Applied)

Burn-In

Frame Counter, Version Name, (if possible, also include VFX Scope of Work)

Audio Codec*

Default: No Audio

*If submitting 4K with audio for any reason, please refer to Audio & Video Technical Specifications above for supported audio specs.

 

Slate Specifications

Resolution & Format

Match media

Slate Information*

Total VFX Scope of Work, Submitting For (WIP, FINAL), Version Name, Submission Note, Vendor Name & Location (Optional), Frames

*For more info and templates regarding slates and burn-ins, see VFX MEI guide here.

*For more info regarding VFX Shot and Version Naming Recommendations, see guide here.

 

Submission Folder Naming Convention

Uploaded by

Recommended Folder Naming Convention

Production

ProjectCode_VFX_Submission_YYYYMMDD_##

Vendor

ProjectCode_VendorName_VFX_Submission_YYYYMMDD_##

Legal characters: [ a-z ], [ A-Z ], [ 0-9 ], [ . ], [ _ ], [ - ]

ILLEGAL: spaces or any other symbols/characters

ILLEGAL: Duplicate files and folder names

 

CSV Formatting

When creating a CSV file for Netflix we ask that you include the following columns: 

  • Version Name 
  • Link 
  • Scope of Work
  • Vendor 
  • Submitting For 
  • Submission Notes

A template that you can use to ensure that you meet our spec can be found here. If you have any further questions please reach out to your VFX Contact.  

 

03/09/2021: Added language around moving or deleting submissions during upload. 

03/09/2021: Updated mailbox screen shots to reflect UI changes. 

05/24/2021: Removed VFX Media Review Watch folder user guide. 

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