Time Logs provide a clean and simple way to track time worked, and can be used very flexibly with Tasks and Tickets.
Anything that can be linked to a Time Log—such as a Task or Ticket—has a Time Logged field. This is a special summary field that adds up all the duration values for all the linked Time Logs. For example:
Suppose you have a Task called Compositing. The Task itself might stretch over seven days from start to end, but the total work done on this Task might amount to something different than the end date minus the start date. For instance, maybe the work was done on three separate days by two different people, spread over nine days. Time Logs allow you to track this easily, without the mess of creating several additional duration fields on Tasks. Here’s how:
Set up the project schedule
A coordinator can set up the project schedule. The example below shows a few Tasks for a project, grouped by Task Name.
Work on assigned tasks
Artists working on their assigned tasks can easily log time right from their My Tasks page using the Time Logged field’s (+) button.
There are two ways to log time: on the Task or Ticket, or on the Time Log page.
From a Task or Ticket page, hover over the Time Logged Field and click on the (+) button to bring up the new Time Log form.
Then fill out the form.
2. Create a Time Log on a Time Log page
On a Time Logs page, click on the (+) button in the header to bring up the new Time Log form.
Note: Time Log totals are updated as Time Logs are created. The Time Logged field that exists on all Tasks is automatically updated to reflect the current total of time logged as Time Logs are created, edited, or deleted.
If you’d like to take a closer look at why the Time Logged totals are adding up the way they do, just click on the Time Logged field’s (i) button. This will open the focus window. Once the focus window is open, you can create a new Time Log form by clicking on the (+) button in the header.
There are two ways to edit time logs: individually, or multiple. This process is the same as editing any other entity type in Shotgun. There are also a few Time Log specific permissions that Artist users should be aware of, described below:
Time Log permissions for Artists
- Artists can never delete any Time Logs
- Artists can never edit any Time Logs that don’t belong to them (where the Person field is set to some other user)
- Artists can never edit the Person field of any Time Log
- Artists can edit the Date, Description, Link, and Project fields for all Time Logs that belong to them (where the Person field is set to them)
While the above explanation shows how you can manually input Time Logs into Shotgun, it is common practice in some studios to have Time Logs automatically recorded based on certain criteria. Due to the vastly different ways in which studios prefer to log time, Shotgun doesn’t have any automated time log system out of the box, but the below sections outline some third party services that could be leveraged to work with Shotgun’s Time Logs.
Third party tracking apps
Note: You are free to use any of these apps, but Shotgun does not have any scripts ready to integrate with these services.
- Rescue Time (https://www.rescuetime.com): A popular time tracking solution with a developers API at https://www.rescuetime.com/developers for integrating into other applications.
- Toggl (https://toggl.com): Another popular time tracking solution with various third party APIs, at https://github.com/toggl/toggl_api_docs.
- Selfspy (https://github.com/gurgeh/selfspy): Selfspy is a daemon that continuously monitors and stores what you are doing on your computer.