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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. 

Content Hub Delivery Workflow System Requirements
To upload/download files in Content Hub, you'll need the Aspera Connect plugin installed and up to date. Confirm that you do not have previous versions of this plugin installed or running before attempting to upload.

Content Hub supports Windows & Mac operating systems only.

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 your VFX Contact. 

Proxy Audio & Video Technical Specifications

Container

MP4, MOV

Video Codec

H.264 (Closed GOP only)

ProRes 422 (HQ and LT) 

ProRes 4444 (XQ NOT supported)

DNxHD 

(ProRes 422 (HQ and LT) 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

When submitting multiple batches of shots on the same day, version up the submission folder name by adding “_01” etc. or “A” etc. to the end of the submission folder name.

If you are submitting mini-cuts for shots in context, we ask that you submit both the sequence and the updated individual shots within that sequence. For example, if a sequence has 4 shots and only 2 of the shots are new versions, please submit the sequence and those 2 new shots. We do not need duplicate versions submitted. Include the date and a letter in mini-cut file names to help ensure they are unique from previously submitted versions.

Example naming for a minicut of the TCC sequence in show name AGM:

AGM_TCC_minicut_200116a.mov (a is the 1st minicut generated on 16 Jan 2020) AGM_TCC_minicut_200116b.mov (b is the 2nd minicut generated on 16 Jan, 2020)

AGM_TCC_minicut_200117a.mov (a is the 1st minicut generated on 17 Jan 2020)

 

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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 Submission Form
We ask that you accompany each delivery with a submission form that contains contextual metadata for each version:

METADATA FIELDS
Version Name

Full name of the file, including the file extension (must match the file name exactly)

Link
VFX Shot Name, Asset Name, Sequence, or Episode (e.g. 101, 102) that the version is linked to

Scope of Work
Description of VFX work being done

Vendor
Name of submitting vendor.
Please reach out to your VFX Contact for the exact naming required per Vendor.


Submitting For
WIP or Final

Submission Note
Any director/show notes specific to the version being reviewed

You can find our .CSV Submission Form template here. If you are not using the Netflix provided template, please export a .CSV of requested fields directly from your database making sure to update the field names in the export to match our required metadata fields exactly. If you are using Excel, please export as a CSV UTF-8 (Comma delimited) (.csv) file.

 

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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