Task Edit

There are three locations that allow users to edit tasks.

  • Asset/Shot List View
  • Asset/Shot Task Grid View
  • Task Scheduling

Asset/Shot List View

To edit a task from the Asset/Shot List View, click on the Task in the Tasks column.


This will load the Task Details panel.


Be default a task is not assigned to a user and has no status. By default current date will be used for the assignment date and the deadline.

To edit the Task click on the nim_edit_button in the Task Details panel.


Options available to edit are:

  • Task - The dropdown contains a list of task types.
    • This is generated from the Task Types list set in Admin / Tasks / Task Types.
  • Artist - The artist to be assigned to this task.
    • The list contains all users that are assigned to the job crew.
  • Description - A brief description of the task.
  • Start - The date and time that the task is scheduled to start.
  • End - The date and time that the task is scheduled to end.
  • Estimated Hours - The estimated number of hours that will be spent on this task.
  • Status - The current status of the task.
    • This is generated from the Task Status list set in Admin / Tasks / Status.

In addition to these settings, there are three tabs at the bottom of each task.

  • Notes
  • Dailies
  • Renders


The Notes tab contains the list of notes added directly to the selected task. When loading Task Details, the Notes tab is selected by default.


A full list of notes that have been added to the task appears along with the user that submitted the note.

To add a note click the ADD NOTE button. A blank text box will appear to enter the note.


Click the nim_accept_button button to save the note. The note will now appear in the asset notes list.


Mark Note Addressed

To mark a note as addressed, click on the nim_addressed_button button at the top right of the note. This will mark the note with a check mark to indicate the note has been addressed. nim_isaddressed_button


Reply to Note

To reply to a note, click on the nim_reply_button button. A reply window will open allowing the user to enter a nested reply. Click the checkbox below the input field to save your reply, or the cancel button to cancel it.


Embeded Media

In addition to text, notes can contain visual reference to embeded online content. In the example below a Vimeo embeded link is entered as the body of the note. Once saved the video will appear inline with the rest of the notes.





The user assigned to the selected task will receive an email notification for any note that is added or updated on the task as long as the Nofify Email setting in their user is set to YES.


Dailies are video previews that can be added to a Task for markup and review.

Dailies can be added to a task two ways:

  • Direct Upload using the Upload Dailies button
  • Automatically from renders created using the Deadline connector.

Upload a dailies manually by clicking on the Upload Dailies button. You will be presented with a file browser to select a local movie to upload.

You can also drag and drop movies directly from the desktop to this area. When dragging, the area that you can drop the movie on is illuminated.

Uploaded movie files will be automatically converted to the proper size and format needed for NIM dailies.

Detailed information on Dailies is explained in the Dailies Overview section of the documentation.


The Renders tab tracks information related to renders manually added by users or automatically added from NIM Deadline connectors.


Click the ADD RENDER button in the Renders Tab to manually add a render.

Click the VIEW ALL ELEMENTS to view all elements of all renders on the selected task. Each RENDER consists of one or more ELEMENTs.


When using Deadline’s NIM Integreation, or a post render script from any render manager calling the NIM API, each render job can be automatically logged as a render and each render layer of a single job can be added as an ELEMENT to the render. Additionally, proxy movies of the renders can be uploaded as dailies and associated with the render.

Detailed information about Renders is explained in the Renders section of the documentation.

Detailed information about Elements is explained in the Elements section of the documentation.

Asset & Shot Task Grid View

To access the asset or shot Task Grid View, navigate to the asset or shot Grid View, then click the Tasks button in the top bar.


In this view, clicking a row will load the task details panel. The details panel behaves the same as described above in the Asset/Shot List View section.

Task Scheduling

Tasks can be created and edited directly from within the Task Scheduler.

The tasks can be sorted by:

  • Title
  • Start Date

To edit a task double click on the task from the task tree, or double click on the task bar in the timeline. The task editing window will appear. Available options are:

  • Task Type - Selects the task type.
  • Artist - Selects the artist for the task.
  • Task Status - Sets the status for the current task.
  • Description - A brief description of the task.
  • Start - Defines the start date of the task.
  • End - Defines the end date of the task.
  • Estimated Hours - The number of hours estimated for this task.
  • Actual Hours - The number of timecard hours that have been assigned to this task.
  • Complete - A percentage of task completion. This is calculated by comparing actual hours to estimated hours. If actual hours exceed estimated hours, this completion percentage will rise above 100%. This completion percentage is reflected in the visual representation of each task in the gantt chart. The green portion of a task represents its completion percentage. If it rises above 100%, the red portion represents the amount beyond 100%.

To save any changes click the SAVE button at the bottom of the edit window.

To delete the task, click on the DELETE button at the bottom of the edit window.

Task Charts

The top of the Task Schedule view has buttons to display charts for Task Per Day as well as Burn Rate.

Tasks Per Day

The Tasks Per Day graph displays the total number of tasks for a given day based on the start and end date of each task.


Burn Rate

The Burn Rate chart displays the total amount of estimated time for all tasks minus the amount of time entered per assigned task on timecards. This view effectively displays the total amount of progression towards an end date on any given job and the rate at which the tasks are achieved. Spikes in a burn rate chart can be indiciate of work order changes where addtional tasks are added to a project or overloading a schedule during a particular time frame.


Detailed information about Task Scheduling can be found in the Task Scheduling section of the documentation.