• Glossary
    VFX Nexus revolves around the artists performing work on the shots and tasks they must perform to complete a project.
    Here are some definitions to help clarify how VFX Nexus works within your workflow:

    • Admin — The administration users for the VFX Nexus installation for your organization. Admins are able to define other types of users, set permissions of those user types, and create or delete users. Admins have access to all areas of their VFXnexus installation.
    • Area or Tabs — the primary, separate modes in which VFX Nexus works. Home, Projects, Reports, and the Knowledge Base are some examples.
    • Artist — also: User. We use this term within the documentation to represent the person performing the work on shots and tasks. VFX Nexus is not limited to tracking work solely by VFX artists, but also for editors, I/O departments, as well as review by supervisors, directors, and producers.
    • Inline Help — Instruction text stored within each page of VFX Nexus. It is revealed by clicking the blue question mark icon near the heading of each page.
    • Knowledge Base — A forum area within VFX Nexus for collecting information that spans all projects. It is primarily for reference: whether that is used for company policies, techniques, documentation, or any combination of these things.
    • Master Account — This is the account created by the VFX Nexus company for your instance of VFX Nexus. This account initially creates other accounts for VFX Nexus, and cannot be deleted. It is also the only account that can delete a Project.
    • Message — A note or feedback item attached to a shot, and found within a shot's detail page.
    • Permissions — Any number user types can be created within your VFX Nexus. To control access and ability to create new data within different areas and features of VFX Nexus, permission can be granted or denied to each user type.
    • Project — all shots and tasks comprising a single television show, movie, videogame cinematic, commercial, music video, webisode, etc.
    • Reports — reports are summaries and collections of data within a project, usually designed for printing and used as reference
    • Section — within each Area are the more specific sections of operation. The Home Area contains the Dashboard, My Shots, and My Tasks sections, for example.
    • Shot — one clip of VFX, usually part of a complete production
    • Shot Description — A more detailed accounting of what must occur within a shot.  Feel free to place as much detail as necessary within a description.
    • Shot Name — quick descriptions of a shot. "Car Explodes" or "Remove wire from actor's rig" are all typical shot names.
    • Shot Number  — usually a numeric designation for a shot. In VFX Nexus, it can be any combination of letters or numbers, including some symbols.  VFX001, 01-001, 02_002a, R01-C032_FX94 are all examples of allowable shot numbers.
    • Shot Status — the current state of the shot, usually defined as the action that needs to occur to a shot. Typical shot status settings are “Create Animatic,” “Breakout Elements,” or “Archive Frames.”
    • Task — any activity that doesn't necessarily result in a shot being made. Some ways to use a task are for modeling, motion capture cleanup, tracking, even having an I/O department perform file acquisition or maintenance.
    • Team — Users can be associated to a team for customizing access to different Projects within VFX Nexus. This can be used to designate other vendors, or other sites of a large studio.
    • User — any person’s account within VFX Nexus.
    • Version — the version of a shot that is being referenced. Usually defined as something like “Rough Animation,” “Lighting Test,” “Final Candidate,” or simply take numbers, “Take 1,” “Take 2,” etc.
    • VFX — you probably know this one, but for the purpose of this document, we're using it interchangeably for any type of shot, be it animation, rotoscoping, compositing, painting, tracking, or any other type of effect.
    • VFX Nexus Instance or Account — Your particular installation of VFX Nexus. It is kept on a subdomain with the VFX Nexus servers. Example: https://zippyfx.vfxnexus.com

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