• User Orientation
    or "Introducing an Artist to VFX Nexus in Ten Minutes"
    Each artist should be given an initial login, consisting of an email address and a password.
    Navigate to your VFX Nexus instance with your web browser and enter your login information.
    Artist Login
    You will be presented with your home page, usually called "My Shots" or "My Tasks" depending on the type of work you perform. This page shows a hotlist of all shots or tasks assigned to you and not yet completed. My Shots Page1
    From the My Shots page, click the Shot # of the first shot in your list.
    Shot Details
    The current Status and Version of this shot is displayed on the left. The key data for your shot is contained within the area at the right of this page. The shot’s description appears at the bottom of this box.
    When you are about to start work on this shot, click over the In Progress selection to “Yes.” Typically, this setting will never change once set to “Yes.” Check with your supervisor for the preferred use in your organization.
    The Shot Status usually indicates what the next or current action on this shot is to be.
    The Version describes that state the shot is in now, usually the latest take that has been reviewed or cut into an edit.
    You can usually change all the above options to reflect the state of the shot. This depends on the permissions as set within your account.
    The Messages tab area is the key spot for making notes to your self, your compositor, or for receiving additional details, notes, or feedback from supervisors or review sessions. To add a note on this shot, click the New Message link to open a window for entry.
    New MessageAdd Message
    A file can also be attached along with the note. Type a description of the file type, then click the Browse button to navigate to the file on your system. Wait for the upload to finish after clicking Add before clicking elsewhere on the webpage.
    Tasks that are related to the completion of this Shot are listed in the Tasks tab. These are often things like model creation, rotoscope work, tracking or anything else that is a component of this shot, and can be assigned to other Users.

    The Files tab is used to attach additional files to a shot without also creating a message. Any file added through the message area is also shown here, and if you have proper permissions in your account you may delete files here as well. Embedded links can also be attached for items like YouTube clips for reference. A simple URL link can also be used to point a user at any accessible page (this can even be within your own internal network by utilizing the file:// prefix.)
    The Details tab reveals additional information about the Shot.
    Finally, History will show date stamps for each change or addition to the Shot’s information. If you ever need to decode “who did what and when it was done,” check under this tab.
    Back at the top of the page you’ll see a menu of Shots under the Help button. Note the little (MY) designations before Prev(ious) and Next. By clicking the (MY) part of the link, you will be taken to the numeric Previous or Next shot in the Project that is assigned to you. Otherwise the Previous and Next links work to take you to the previous and next shots you have access to view within the Project as a whole. If it takes you to a list of shots instead, you have reached the end of the available shots.
    Shot Nav Menu
    After working on any particular shot, return to the My Shots or My Tasks home page to see what other Shots need attention. As you successfully complete your work, the Shot entries start to disappear from your home page.

    This quick introduction covers the most often used areas for your workflow. Remember to make use of the inline help, accessed by clicking the blue question mark icon by the header of each page to learn of all the functions within VFX Nexus.
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