NIM Labs announces NIM 5.0, a massive update to its studio management platform that helps post production houses win business, track projects and manage remote and in-house artists, all in one place.

Developed with feedback from companies like GlassworksLogan and rohtau, NIM 5.0 is designed to give professional studios an edge in today’s increasingly globalized market with visual analytics tools for targeted business intelligence; a multi-location payroll system to simplify the admin behind remote workforces; and much more.

“The industry is seeing unprecedented decentralization, and studios need a strong grasp of their global profitability and performance if they want to stay ahead,” says Andrew Sinagra, co-founder of NIM. “NIM is the only platform that provides key business analytics specifically for post houses. Whether you’re an artist, producer or C-level executive, you’ll have access to insights that will benchmark your business, leaving you more time to focus on creativity.”

Payroll revamped

As remote work continues to impact the entertainment industry, it’s easy to become vulnerable to financial administration blind spots: particularly when it comes to managing ever-changing numbers of offsite workers in multiple locations. NIM 5.0’s new payroll system is designed to remove the complexity in this process. With the new system, studios can more easily meet compliance regulations for different regions by setting up guaranteed rates, minimum working hours and more.

Tracking times and rates

With NIM 5.0, the administrative tasks that nobody wants to do – but everyone has to – are now more intuitive than ever. Timecards have been completely redesigned, with a streamlined interface and different time types including PTO, sick leave and billable vs. non-billable hours to make tracking easier for both artists and administrators.

After artists enter their information, managers can preview a breakdown of how everyone’s time was spent per location or user, to help determine whether artists are being overworked on specific line items. Other helpful features include: a new rate table to track artist pay rates over time; data charts to compare a breakdown of profit margins across different studio locations or departments; and a visual overview of how efficient your facility is in hitting job targets compared to estimated hours.

Redesigned UI

NIM 5.0 also features a new and improved UI, giving production artists a workspace that is more aligned to how they actually think. This includes direct dashboard access to all task information including notes, review items and renders, consolidating assigned tasks to a single location. Artist and shot list views have also been updated with unread item indicators, while the notes interface has been expanded to a full-height view that can be filtered by unread threads and more, so artists get more control and visibility over any incoming information.

“NIM has been an amazing piece of software,” said Jordi Bares, founder of rohtau. “Its simple and clean interface, responsiveness and fully integrated approach has allowed us to bring our radical vision to life in the most effective way possible, helping us spend more time on the pixels and less on the logistics.”

Pricing & availability

NIM 5.0 is available now. Annual licenses are $30/month per user and monthly licenses are $40/month per user. Annual and monthly licensing can be mixed to cover individual studio needs.