Calculated fields

Calculated fields allow you to compute a field with values from other fields from the same entity (such as a Shot or an Asset). You can use calculated fields to make it easier and faster to find useful information.

Add a calculated field the same way you add any other field type. You will see the list of available fields for the specific entity you’re using under the “Available Fields” section. If you add additional fields of supported types to your page, they will appear under the list of Available Fields on your Calculated fields.

Make sure you use the format listed under “Available Functions” in your formula, like in the example below.

Calculated fields

Type in your formula. If the formula uses the “Float” output type, you can choose the Display Format, which will override the default float format for this particular field.

Note: Cells will turn red if there are errors that will cause the formula to fail.

Please also note you cannot divide by zero. Doing so will produce an error.

Keep in mind:

  • All calculated fields are “live,” which means if you update any inputs in your field you will see those changes immediately.
  • Once configured, you can choose to sort, group, or summarize on the field. You can also filter on a calculated field.
  • Hover over the column header of a calculated field to see the formula.


  • Graphing a calculated field is supported. In your graph, you can choose to group or summarize on a calculated field, which allows for some very powerful graphing capabilities.

Graph by calculated field

  • A calculated field value change is not recorded with its own Event Log Entry. Calculated fields cannot be configured to appear in an entity Activity Stream, or selected to drive notifications.
  • If included in the list of fields in the body of an email notification, calculated field values will always be blank. (Including a calculated field code in the list of fields to display in an email notification body will not result in an error.)

Available functions


Name Description Syntax
+ Addition value1 + value2
- Subtraction value1 - value2
* Multiplication value1 * value2
/ Division value1 / value2


Name Description Syntax Example Result
CONCAT Combine strings CONCAT(string1, string2) CONCAT(“Shot”, “gun”) “Shotgun”
UPPER Uppercase string UPPER(string) UPPER(“Shotgun Software”) SHOTGUN SOFTWARE
LOWER Lowercase string LOWER(string) LOWER(“Shotgun Software”) shotgun software
LEFT Returns part of the string from the beginning of the specified string LEFT(string, [number_of_characters]) LEFT(“ab_0124”, 2)
LEFT(“Shotgun Software”)
LEFT(“ab_0124”, 0)
RIGHT Returns part of the string from the end of the specified string RIGHT(string, [number_of_characters]) RIGHT(“ab_0124”, 4)
RIGHT(“Shotgun Software”)
RIGHT(“ab_0124”, 0)
MID Returns part of the string, taken from a segment of the string MID(string, starting_at, extract_length) MID("ab_0124", 3, 1) “_”
LEN Length of a string LEN(string) LEN("Shotgun Software") 16

Definitions of string arguments

Name Description
number_of_characters The number of characters to return from the left or right side of string. (This is optional, and set to “1” by default.)
starting_at The starting point from the left of the string from which to begin extracting. The first character in the string has the index 1.
extract_length The length of the segment to use.

Notes about strings

  • 0 is a valid input for number_of_characters and will cause LEFT and RIGHT to return the empty string (“”).
  • If the end of string is reached before extract_length characters are encountered, MID returns the characters from starting_at to the end of string.
  • To return the contents from starting_at to the end of string, use LEN to calculate the length of the string that will be returned rather than simply specifying a large number for extract_length.
  • LEN counts all characters, even spaces and nonprinting characters. In cases where LEN returns unexpected values, ensure that there are no such characters in text.


Name Description Syntax
TODAY Returns today's date. TODAY()

Notes about dates

  • When dates are used in arithmetic functions, you need a full day to advance a date (a date + 0.9 would not advance the date), but in order to move a day back, only a fraction of a day is necessary (a date - 0.1 would return the previous date).

Type conversion

Name Description Syntax Output Type Example Result
FIXED Formats a numeric value as text to display a specific number of decimal places. FIXED(number, [number_of_places]) Text FIXED(3.141592,4)
TO_FLOAT Converts a numeric value (number, currency, percent) to a float. TO_FLOAT(number) Float TO_FLOAT(11)
TO_FLOAT({sg_percent}) // {sg_percent} = 40%
TO_FLOAT(sg_amount}) // {sg_amount} = $200
TO_CURRENCY Converts a numeric value (number, float, percent) to a currency. TO_CURRENCY(number) Currency TO_CURRENCY(1.479531)
TO_CURRENCY({sg_percent}) // {sg_percent} = 40%
TO_PERCENT Converts a numeric value (number, float, currency) to a percent. TO_PERCENT(number) Percent TO_PERCENT(0.4)
TO_DURATION Converts a number to a duration with an optional “duration unit”. Supported “duration units” include weeks, days, hours, and minutes. TO_DURATION(number, [unit]) Duration TO_DURATION(2)
TO_DURATION(2, weeks)
TO_DURATION(0.5, days)
2 days (or hours, depending on your Site Preferences)
2 weeks
0.5 days*
TO_WEEKS Converts a duration to a number of weeks. TO_WEEKS(duration) Duration TO_WEEKS(TO_DURATION(10, days)) 2 (if you have a five-day week set in your Site Preferences)
TO_DAYS Converts a duration to a number of days. TO_DAYS(duration) Duration TO_DAYS(TO_DURATION(8, hours)) 1 (if you have an eight-hour day set in your Site Preferences)
TO_HOURS Converts a duration to a number of hours. TO_HOURS(duration) Duration TO_HOURS(TO_DURATION(120, minutes)) 2
TO_MINUTES Converts a duration to a number of minutes. TO_MINUTES(duration) Duration TO_MINUTES(TO_DURATION(2, hours)) 120
DATE Converts numerical values to a date. DATE(year, month, day) Date DATE(year, month, day)

DATE(2020, 5, 14) 

2020-05-14 (Formatting will depend on your Site Preferences)

Notes about type conversions

  • The number is the number to format.
  • The value is the numeric value to be converted to a float, currency, or percentage.
  • The number_of_places is the number of decimal places to display.
  • The maximum value for number_of_places is six. If the number has fewer than number_of_places significant digits, zeros will be appended. If it has greater than the number_of_places significant digits, the number will be rounded to the correct number_of_places, rather than truncated.
  • The TO_FLOAT returns the value converted to a float, with the standard interpretation that 1 = 100%. Since the output type will be a float, you can choose how many decimal places to display in the result.
  • The TO_CURRENCY returns the value converted to a currency field. It will obey your Site Preferences for currency display.
  • The TO_PERCENT returns the value converted to a percentage, with the standard interpretation that 1 = 100%. The value is floored to get to the nearest whole number percent.
  • *The TO_DURATION returns the value converted to a duration field. It will obey your Site Preferences for duration display (days, hours, etc.)
  • The TO_WEEKS, TO_DAYS, TO_HOURS, and TO_MINUTES must use a converted duration field. This duration field must be on the same entity. TO_WEEKS, TO_DAYS, TO_HOURS, and TO_MINUTES will then convert the duration field to a plain float value, in the specified unit.
  • DATE arguments passed to this function (year, month, day) are floored–rounded to the integer belowif they are floating point numbers.
    • Year:
      • Values <0 are invalid.
      • We strongly suggest using the full year with 4 digits.
      • 2000 is added to values < 100.
    • Month/Day:
      • If the value is under the valid range of months/days we roll over and add months/days.
      • If the value is <1 we remove the number of months/days +1.

Error messages

You may see different error messages in your calculated fields, either in the formula editor itself or in the results of the calculation.

Example calculations

Below are some examples of formulas for calculated fields.

Description Formula Output format
Cut length {sg_cut_out} - {sg_cut_in} + 1 Float (10)
Cut summary CONCAT({sg_head_in}, " [", {sg_cut_in}, " - ", {sg_cut_out}, "] ", {sg_tail_out}) Text
Projected shot cost {sg_shot_bid} * {sg_shot_cost} Float
Shot prefix for reference CONCAT("A_", {code}) Text
Trim off last two characters of a string LEFT({string_field}, LEN({string_field}) - 2) Text

Additionally, calculated fields are available via the API.