Discover the power of NIM’s feature-packed platform, designed to streamline production and help studios maximize their potential. With tools for every aspect of the production process, NIM is the ultimate creative studio management solution.
Single point of truth.
NIM is packed with powerful features designed to help studios of all sizes streamline production, improve collaboration, and gain valuable insights into their business. Take control of your production workflow with NIM’s comprehensive suite of features. From project management to financial analysis, NIM has everything you need to stay on top of your game.
Your home base. NIM’s dashboard provides immediate access to all of a user’s assigned jobs and tasks, associated review items and notes at the click of a button.
Manage your assigned tasks across jobs with full access to all notes, review items, and renders.
View and markup all of your review items directly from your dashboard. Create personalized bins and filters for fast access to the items you need most.
Easily access all notes sent to you – including whiteboard images – without digging down into the job.
Only want to see jobs that are relevant to you? User-defined bookmarks enable you to do just that.
Access all job information at a glance via the project’s homepage, with inline editing for all elements.
Gantt chart scheduling means your artists know exactly when they need to start, and finish, assigned tasks.
The ultimate bird’s-eye view of all tasks, all jobs and all artists – it’s your studio, visualized.
Quickly generate studio and job calendars to mark meeting dates, plan events, and call out significant milestones such as client postings and creative reviews. Export to iCal or PDF to share externally.
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 & Archive Logging
Monitor all media flowing through the studio and project archives via date-stamped tracking logs and globally unique IDs.
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.
Log render jobs and track information related to the renders of a scene file including render details, elements (render passes) and review items (proxies).
Automatic Review 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.
Automatic version stacking consolidates all versions of a media item so users can quickly step through each iteration and view the corresponding notes.
Contacts can be linked together to create relationships between person to person, person to company or company to company contacts.
Track the per contact last, low, and high billed amounts for bid line items, as well as the full rate history for all line items on bids linked to contacts.
Notes can be attached to contacts and are divided into groups via Topic and Conversations. Multiple topics can be created to group the conversations as needed.
View per client profit margins and outstanding balances based on job linked contacts. Track profitability to identify your highest performing clients.
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.
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.
Enjoy easy yet reliable time management via a robust 5-stage Timecard Approval process.
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.
Track objects and services that are paid for and directly attributable to a job. Expenses are actualized against bid line items and can be charted studio wide based on user defined expense types.
Log invoices on jobs to track accounts receivable. Studio wide billing and invoice status updates keep your finance department in direct communication with production.
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.
Look across jobs and bids to determine departmental profitability based on per line item margins linked to user defined profit centers.
Accurately calculate the cost, profit and margin company wide as well as visualize awarded totals, cost, profit and margin per location. Generate reports for total time and money spent on tasks as well as users throughout the studio.
Determine multi-regional payroll costs throughout your entire studio with rule based rate groups to meet local compliance requirements.
Version & Publishing
Work at speed: file naming conventions are automatically handled when saved from content applications that support NIM’s Connectors.
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.
Streamline your referencing systems: Asset Masters provide version-less asset entities.
Track all elements that make up an asset or shot with user defined element types. View element source files with local applications that support URL based application links.
Studio Defined Project Structures
Work the way you like: NIM manages entire projects, from folder structure onwards, using templates defined by you.
Accommodate the needs of varied jobs by creating multiple project structure templates tailored to each task at hand.
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.
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.
Studio Defined Permissions
Define who can see what and when: assign specific permission groups across your studio.
Keep information secure: only users that are assigned to the project can see private project details, meaning sensitive jobs stay under wraps.
Add object-based security access to jobs, assets, shots, and custom fields via enhanced Security Groups.
Action Based Security
Manage security on a deep level – granular permission items allow for specific abilities to be granted on a per-action level.
Safely guard information behind your firewall – NIM is installed as a virtual machine on your network so your work never leaves the studio.
Active Directory Integration
NIM’s integration with Active Directory allows you to easily manage NIM user accounts, enabled users, permissions and security groups.
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.
Maya®, 3dsMax®, Flame®
Photoshop®, AfterEffects® & Premiere®
NukeStudio®, Nuke®, & Hiero®
Deadline Render Management
We ensure your server is fully configured and working from day one by distributing NIM as a virtual appliance.
Plug & Play
Get up and running with ease – simply hit start on your virtual server and you’re ready to dive into NIM.
Create user defined fields on various entities throughout NIM to track the information that is important to your studio. Text fields, dropdown, date pickers, and hyperlinks let you add the content you need for your production.
Use NIM as a central hub for all of your online tools by adding custom links with internal or external URLs directly to NIM’s main menu.
Stay up to date with the latest studio updates and feedback via your inbox. Define notification actions via rule based triggers to target the information you require.
Connect the way that makes most sense to your studio via NIM’s robust Python and Web API. Create custom solutions or access NIM directly from your existing toolset, incorporating its strength into your studio pipeline. Restrict access via per-user security group linked API Keys.
Experience the benefits of having a complete studio management solution at your fingertips.
Get started with NIM today.
If you are interested in evaluating how NIM will fit into your studio please contact us.