VFX Nexus Updated To Version 2.0

Hollywood, CA May 26, 2009 -- VFX Nexus has added new capabilities and refined existing features with the release of version 2.0. VFX Nexus began offering the service for visual effects studios of all sizes earlier in 2009.
“The most significant update to VFX Nexus is by far the file sharing capabilities,” announced PJ Foley, visual effects producer. “It’s great to be able to have these files to reference right along side all the shot information.” One gigabyte of storage is included with every VFX Nexus account, and more storage can be added at any time for a minimal charge. “It’s great to know that the system I am using all the time can now function as my primary file transfer service. I no longer have to direct people to an FTP server or another file sharing site,” he adds.
The files are added to the VFX Nexus system using stable and secure cloud storage technologies. Matt Nisonger, chief software engineer explains, “we could have tacked on a non-proprietary system such as FTP to VFX Nexus, but we felt that would not have been good enough. We know that CG VFX inherently creates a large amount of data. We needed to be sure files could be accessed worldwide at the greatest speeds available. Using a CDN system accomplishes this.”
A content distribution network, CDN, duplicates files to different geographic locations so the downloader of that data retrieves data from the nearest location. This results in superior performance for data transfer.
Other updates to VFX Nexus involve a change in how artists are assigned to their shots. “We have made it so any number of artists can be assigned to a shot. Now each particular specialist has a more complete look at their workload,” adds Foley.
“Working with outside vendors showed me that we needed tighter control for access to certain areas of VFX Nexus. We need to be sure clients know that we can conform to their requirements for non-disclosure,” notes TJ Sakasegawa, partner in VFX Nexus and movie producer on numerous effects-intensive films. To that end, we simultaneously simplified the setup of permissions while enhancing options for access. “Now we can have an off-site team collaborate on our projects, and they don’t have to be aware of anything outside of their assignments,” he adds. Permissions go even further: an individual artist may be limited to seeing only their assignments if so required.
Other changes to VFX Nexus optimize the workflow for all users. A new Dashboard screen shows a dynamic list of the latest status changes for an artists shots and tasks. The styling of the site has been cleaned up and made with emphasis on clarity of information. More areas have interactivity for data entry, requiring less button pushes for common tasks.
VFX Nexus is also simplifying the pricing and signup process. Users can calculate their monthly fees right from the main website, then sign up for service. Discounts are also available for educational and non-profit organizations.
With VFX Nexus, sensible and feature-rich VFX tracking and collaboration is now available to studios of all sizes. VFX studios now have a customizable and scalable solution at their command without the need to divert resources to a proprietary system. The VFX Nexus website demonstrates this point by describing how it works with new or existing VFX pipelines. VFX Nexus 2.0 is available now from
Started in 2005, VFX Nexus creates solutions for the visual effects industry that simplify the process of production and collaboration - always keeping the needs of the artists and producers foremost in mind.

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