Submitting your work

In Shotgun, when media is uploaded to the site, it generates a Version. Versions represent an Artist's iteration of a Task, usually also linked to a parent Asset or Shot. Once a Version is created, Shotgun has numerous tools for review, approval, and feedback.

There are a number of ways to create Versions, but first, it's important to understand the way Shotgun’s review tools work with Versions and the media they represent.

Web-playable media vs. media playable in RV

The Shotgun and RV integration reads paths to locally-stored media from the "Path to Frames" (sg_path_to_frames) and "Path to Movie" (sg_path_to_movie) fields on the Version. This is separate from the web-playable media that's uploaded to the Shotgun server (to the "Uploaded Movie"/sg_uploaded_movie field on the Version), and automatically transcoded into web-streamable formats. Since RV is typically used for playing back higher-resolution media, it just looks for a path to where that media lives locally on your servers so that you don't have to upload gigs of hi-res imagery.

Creating Versions playable on the Web and in RV

Shotgun Review in RV has a Submit Tool, where you can submit a still frame, frame sequence, or a movie. Use the tool to submit your media, and it will create a new Version in Shotgun and automatically populate the correct path fields.

Submit Tool
Screenshot, as seen on a Mac. If you use a different OS, your view may differ.

You'll see two options: My Tasks and Other. My Tasks provides quick access to a list of assigned tasks that you can use to submit work. If you're submitting work unrelated to an assigned task, you can jump to the Other tab and then fill out the fields with the appropriate links and information.

Additionally, you can Notify people or groups when submitting a Version. This will send a note to those users’ Shotgun inbox.

SG submit My Tasks

Once done, click the Submit button.

Submitted

Note that there are some preferences specific to the Submit Tool in RV. These are accessible in the Shotgun web UI, from the Site Preferences Admin page.

SG Review preferences

Alternatively, you could use the Screening Room App. See “What’s the difference between SG Review and Screening Room?” for more details.

Some studios also create their own submit tools utilizing Shotgun's Python API, which can handle both uploading media for web streaming and populating the path fields for RV playback. You can also use the Toolkit submission tools to create Versions with both types of media.

Creating Web-playable Versions

Linked to a specific Asset, Shot, Level, or other Entity

The easiest way to upload reference media or an artist's render that relates to a specific Asset, Shot, Level or other entity is via the Versions tab on the entity's Detail page. This will automatically link the Version you create to the entity you are viewing.

  1. Switch to the "Versions" tab (or create a Versions tab in Design Mode if there's not one there already), and click the "+Version" button.
    Linked file version
  2. Drag your media (one or more movies or still images) into the box to queue it for uploading.
    Create version
  3. Fill out any other fields you would like to define, then click Create Version.

For Artists: On the My Tasks page

  1. On the My Tasks page, select the Task you are working on, and the details will load in the right pane.
  2. Go to the Activity tab, and find on the right the information about your assigned Task (the "Selected Task" box).
    My Tasks page
  3. From the drop-down menu in the Selected Task box, choose "New Version."
    New version
  4. Drag and drop your movie file, fill out any required fields, and click Create Version.

For Artists: Toolkit Publish App

Toolkit publish

Toolkit includes Publish Apps for most supported software. This allows your Artist to publish a Version directly from Maya, Nuke, Photoshop, etc.

Media App

If you just need to add a reference video or something to your Project quickly, use the Media App. You can drag and drop for movies or still images into projects, where they will be uploaded and transcoded automatically.

Media app

Note: Media uploaded this way is not linked to any specific entity, but lives within the Project in general. To link the Version you create to a specific Asset or Shot, find the Version using the Global Search or on a Versions page, and update the "Link" field with the Asset, Shot, or other Entity name.

Playing Versions

When a movie is uploaded to Shotgun as a Version, it is automatically transcoded for streaming playback. Once transcoding completes, a play button will appear on the Version's thumbnail, which you can click for playback, annotation, and notes in the Shotgun Overlay Player. This also makes the Version available for review in the Media App.

Play media

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    Juanmaria Garcia

    It is not well explained the format to follow when populating the path to frames field in case there is a frame sequence. It is hard to guess what format is the good one and needs some experimentation. Good documentation would save a lot of time on this. And also some "easy to get the path" feature. Does RV discriminate between paths and frame sequences?

    Thanks

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