NIM’s comprehensive feature set is designed to provide you with a greater understanding of your business.

Intelligent insight across scheduling, timecards, task tracking, and creative review enable sharper focus across even the most complex projects, while in-depth bidding functionality means you won’t run over budget.

What’s more, NIM is completely secure – in contrast to cloud-based solutions, NIM is locally installed, meaning your data remains secure behind a firewall.

DASHBOARD

Overview

Your home base. NIM’s dashboard provides immediate access to all of a studio’s assigned jobs, tasks, and notes at the click of a button.

Bookmarks

Only want to see jobs that are relevant to you? User-defined bookmarks enable you to do just that.

My Tasks

Get instant oversight on any tasks assigned to you – and filter further by current status.

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My Notes

Easily access all notes sent to you – including whiteboard images – without digging down into the job.

JOB TRACKING

Job Details

Access all job information at a glance via the project’s homepage, with inline editing for all elements.

Task Scheduling

Gantt chart scheduling means your artists know exactly when they need to start, and finish, assigned tasks.

Studio Task View

The ultimate bird’s-eye view of all tasks, all jobs and all artists – it’s your studio, visualized.

Archiving

Quickly restore any prior job using unique ID keys and log project archives, and add multiple jobs per backup media for maximum density.

Resource Scheduling

Optimize time management – schedule resources and artists based on keywords and jobs, and explore further depth with user-defined custom statuses.

Color Coded Tasks

Instantly recognize task status via NIM’s visually led and studio-defined color coding functionality.

Drag & Drop Assignment

Make quick changes on the fly: add tasks to assets and shots, add artist assignment to tasks, and make task status updates via simple drag-and-drop menus.

Media Logging

Monitor all media flowing through the studio via date-stamped tracking logs.

PROJECT STRUCTURES

Studio Defined Project Structures

Work the way you like: NIM manages entire projects, from folder structure onwards, using templates defined by you.

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Multiple Templates

Accommodate the needs of varied jobs by creating multiple project structure templates tailored to each task at hand.

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Variable Project Structures

Gain greater oversight by defining your project folders in relation to the items they contain, rather than using static folder structures.

Multi-location Server Aware

Achieve total project consistency – attach multiple servers to a job to replicate assigned project structure across all connected systems.

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Managed or Unmanaged

NIM is totally flexible – it can be used with or without managed project structures, so it can easily integrate into any studio environment.

ONLINE REVIEW

Whiteboard Tools

Communicate creative concepts – share visual feedback using on-video drawing and text tools. All whiteboard drawings are saved per frame and are viewable at any time.

Upload Dailies & Edits

Simply drag and drop direct from your desktop to upload edits or individual dailies for review.

Automatic Dailies Creation

Seamless integration with Thinkbox’s Deadline render management means NIM can automatically upload Deadline Draft renders direct to the user’s task for review.

PDF Note Export

Generate a record of all notes on an edit or task dailies via PDF export – great for sharing with artists or clients following a session.

FINANCIAL TRACKING

Bidding

Access bidding functionality you won’t find anywhere else: create bids from studio-defined line items and custom bid templates, and 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, and export PDFs are great for presenting directly to the client.

Timecards

Ensure artists’ time is well spent: NIM charts the progression of a project by artist time with per-user overtime and double-time. If you’re working across multiple studios, artists can be categorized by location to quickly review division of labor.

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Timecard Approvals

Enjoy easy yet reliable time management via a robust 4-stage Timecard Approval process.

Actualization

Know what was spent and where: calculate job actuals from an awarded bid against timecards, project expenses and overages. Determine estimated hard costs and track money spent on overtime and double-time throughout the course of the project and compare your initial bid estimate against the final result.

Projections

Remove financial guesswork: project the financial outcome of your project on a daily, weekly, or full-job basis, using estimated time per artist and expenses to compare against the original bid and running actuals.

VERSION & PUBLISHING

File Management

Work at speed: file naming conventions are automatically handled when saved from content applications that support NIM’s connectors.

Publishing

Automatically publish files directly from 3rd party software or within NIM. The use of symbolic linking and file replication are also available depending on server OS.

Asset Masters

Streamline your referencing systems: Asset Masters provide version-less asset entities.

CONNECTORS

3rd Party Integration

NIM connectors plug directly into your favorite content creation software allowing you to select files by task and version rather than name.

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Autodesk

Maya®, 3dsMax®, Flame®

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Adobe®

Photoshop® & AfterEffects®

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The Foundry

NukeStudio®, Nuke®, & Hiero®

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Maxon®

Cinema4D™

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Side Effects

Houdini

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Thinkbox Software

Deadline Render Management

SYSTEM FEATURES

Virtual Appliance

We ensure your server is fully configured and working from day one by distributing NIM as a virtual appliance.

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Plug & Play

Get up and running with ease – simply hit start on your virtual server and you’re ready to dive into NIM.

API Keys

API Keys enable per-user security group-defined API access.

Email Notification

Stay up to date with the latest studio updates and feedback via your inbox.

API

Connect the way that makes most sense to your studio via NIM’s robust Python and Web API. You can tailor NIM access directly to your existing toolset, incorporating its strength into your studio pipeline.

SECURITY

Studio Defined Permissions

Define who can see what and when: assign specific permission groups across your studio.

Private Jobs

Keep information secure: only users that are assigned to the project can see private project details, meaning sensitive jobs stay under wraps.

Security Groups

Add object-based security access to jobs, assets, shots, and custom fields via enhanced Security Groups.

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Action Based Security

Manage security on a deep level – granular permission items allow for specific abilities to be granted on a per-action level.

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Local Server

Safely guard information behind your firewall – NIM lives as a virtual appliance on your local network so project work never leaves the studio.

HTTPS/SSL

Ensure secure connectivity across all communications.

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