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  • 1. A  project  &  asset  management  so0ware   for  M&E  industries Designed  for  CG  Ar;sts,  by  CG  Ar;sts. hAp://cerebrohq.com
  • 2. SUMMARY Cerebro  is    all-­‐in-­‐one  toolkit  for  project  planning  and  tracking,  assets  and  mul8media  file  storage.   It  includes  the  following  func8ons: • Project  breakdown  into  an  unlimited  task  tree. • File  access  control  and  sharing. • Budge8ng. • Repor8ng. • Tracking  and  overviewing. • Online  and  offline  visual  reviewing. • Calendars  and  schedules. • Interac8ve  GanH  chart.   • Resource  usage  control. • Export  to  XLS  and  PDF. Cerebro  can  be  implemented  either  as  a  “cloud”,  or  as  an  “on-­‐premises”  soQware.
  • 3. OUR  STORY Cerebro  was  developed  in  Russia,  in  the  Moscow-­‐based  major  postproduc8on  facility   named  Cinemateka  in  2005-­‐2008,  as  an  in-­‐house  soQware  for  VFX  project   management.   In  2009,  Cerebro  development  team  has  established  a  separate  company  named   CineSoQ,  in  order  to  mone8ze  the  project,  and  by  the  end  of  2011  Cerebro  was  used   in  more  than  70  postproduc8on  and  anima8on  companies  in  the  FSU  (Former  Soviet   Union),  including  Timur  Bekmambetov’s  (Director  of  WANTED  with  Angelina  Jolie)   Bazelevs  a  film  and  adver8sing  produc8on  company,  UMP  and  other  FSU  media   produc8on  majors.   Several  interna8onal  projects  were  managed  by  the  Cerebro.   For  example: • Abraham  Lincoln:  Vampire  Hunter  (20th  Century  Fox,  2012), • The  Darkest  Hour  (20th  Century  Fox,  2011), • Kikoriki:  The  Beginning  (Riki  Group,  2011), • The  Black  Lightning  (Chernaya  Molniya)  (UPI,  2010), • Space  Dogs  3D  (CNF,  2010), • The  Book  of  Masters  (Walt  Disney  Pictures,  2009). Thanks  to  the  VFX  /  CGI  projects  outsourced  from  the  FSU  to  India  and  China. lately  Cerebro  is  gaining  popularity  in  the  Indian  and  Chinese  VFX  markets  too.
  • 4. IMPORTANT  BENEFITS • • • • • • • • • Can  be  used  either  as  an  on-­‐premises  soQware  or  as  a  cloud  SaaS. Cost-­‐effec8ve. Has  a  flexible  security  selngs. Lightweight,  doesn’t  need  a  dedicated  hardware  (in  most  cases).   Can  be  implemented  into  an  exis8ng  IT  infrastructure. Mul8-­‐plamorm. Python  API  for  integra8on  into  the  produc8on  pipeline. Can  be  split  into  components  in  order  to  be  adopted  separately. On-­‐premises  installa8on  can  be  accessed  via  Internet  by  remote  users  (if  permiHed  by  the   company’s  IT  policy). • Can  subs8tute  some  tradi8onal  soQware:  FTP  server,  CineSync,  e-­‐mail. • Can  be  customized  to  tailor-­‐fit  company’s  established  processes  and  procedures. • Has  a  unique  embedded  tool  for  video  reviewing. CAUTION! HIGHLY ADDICTIVE!
  • 5. SYSTEM  COMPONENTS:  THE  CORE The  core  of  the  system  is  a  PostgreSQL  database  containing  all  the  informa8on   except  the  files,  they  are  aHached  to  the  Forums.  Key  features: • Hosted  in  a  cloud  for  SaaS  users, • Or  installed  locally  (on-­‐site)  for  Business  and  Corporate  pricing  plan  users, • Can  be  installed  onto  Windows  Server  OS  or  Linux  x64  (Ubuntu,  Debian), • Qt-­‐based  GUI, • Python  API  for  integra8on  into  the  produc8on  pipeline.
  • 6. SYSTEM  STRUCTURE:  HYBRID  CLOUD Used  for: • Trial  versions  (all  pricing  plans  except  the  Private  one). • Commercial  version  (Studio  pricing  plan). General  descrip8on: • Only  one  Cerebro  server  component  is  installed  onto  a  customer   network  File  Storage  -­‐  a  file  transfer  u8lity  to  index  and  transfer   files  that  are  aHached  to  forum  threads  in  Cerebro.   • All  the  rest  of  Cerebro  server  components  are  hosted  on  the   system  provider’s  site  (Cerebrohq.com). Advantages: • Minimal  system  deployment  8me. • High  security  level  (users’  files  are  hosted  locally,  they  are  never   transferred  to  the  SaaS  provider  or  any  other  third  party). • No  maintenance  costs  -­‐  centralized  Cerebro  server  components  do   not  need  to  be  maintained  by  the  customer’s  technical  staff. Restric8ons: • A  permanent  Internet  connec8on  to  cerebrohq.com  is  required.
  • 7. SYSTEM  STRUCTURE:  ON-­‐PREMISES  INSTALLATION Used  for: • Commercial  versions  (Business  and  Corporate). General  descrip8on: • 4  main  server  components  are  installed  onto  the  customer’s   server. • If  needed,  an  addi8onal  component  –  WEB  SERVER  –  can  be   installed  to  provide  access  to  Cerebro  via  a  web  interface.  It  is   recommended  to  install  the  web  server  onto  a  separate  PC. Advantages: • All  system  components  and  content  are  hosted  and  fully   controlled  by  the  customer. • No  need  for  an  Internet  connec8on  (if  no  remote  facili8es  and   remote  users  are  being  involved  in  the  workflow). • Mul8tenancy  within  LAN  -­‐  no  need  to  install  the  client  applica8on   on  each  worksta8on  in  the  facility.   Restric8ons: • More  (in  comparison  to  the  hybrid  cloud  installa8on)  customer   resources  are  required  to  maintain  the  system.
  • 8. TECHNICAL  SUPPORT  SERVICE Cerebro  User  Support  Service  is  available  through  the  several  channels: • Zendesk  8cke8ng  system, • LiveChat  Inc.  instant  online  messaging  system, • Phone  access. Maximum  8cket  response  8me  is  6  hours  (for  Cri8cal  issues)  or  24  hours  (for  Non-­‐Cri8cal  issues). What  else? • Online  Library  –  searchable  access  to  dozens  of  published  ar8cles,  User  Manuals  and  video  tutorials, • User  Forum  –  online  community  discussion  forum, • Maintenance  Releases  –  updates  for  current  licensed  deployments.
  • 9. MULTI-­‐PLATFORM  SUPPORT • Desktop  client  applica8ons  for  MS  Windows,  Mac  OS  X  and  Linux • Web  interface • iOS  clients  for  iPad,  iPhone  and  iPod  Touch   • The  server  runs  under  Windows  2003,  2008  or  Linux  x64   (Ubuntu,  Debian)
  • 10. FEATURES:  HANDY  PLANNING • Break  down  your  project  in  an  unlimited  tree  task  structure  –  it   is  as  simple  as  making  new  subfolders  in  the  file  manager. • Allocate  people  and/or  material  resources. • You’re  through  with  basic  planning.  Launch  your  project!..   Or  proceed  to  the  advanced  planning: • Connect  your  tasks  in  the  GanH  chart. • Specify  all  the  necessary  parameters  for  your  tasks  (8me,   budget,  priority,  etc.).   • Setup  the  access  and  visibility  rights.
  • 11. FEATURES:  SIMPLE  BUDGETING • Every  task  can  have  3  financial  parameters:  planned  cost,   actual  cost,  balance. • Es8mate  every  single  task  and  you’ll  get  the  project  budget   summed  up. • Sign  off  the  money  every  8me  you  spend  it  –  and  your   accountants  will  adore  you  ☺.
  • 12. FEATURES:  EASY  TRACKING • Have  a  glance  at  Navigator  pane  to  get  a  bird’s-­‐eye  project   overview,  or  dive  deep  into  it,  to  get  a  detailed  track  and   the  actual  status  of  any  par8cular  task. • Get  an  e-­‐mail  no8fica8ons  on  any  changes  in  any  task  you   follow  or  do. • Generate  reports  and  export  them  to  Excel  or  PDF. • Search  and  filter  tasks  by  a  variety  of  tags  and  parameters. • Be  a  step  ahead  with  a  problem-­‐solving  issue  tracker.
  • 13. FEATURES:  TIME-­‐SAVING  COMMUNICATIONS • Every  task  has  its  own  Forum  thread,  use  it  to  communicate   and  share  all  sorts  of  files  –  dailies,  reviews,  references,  you   name  it. • Mark  selected  posts  and  make  them  visible  to  your  clients  to   involve  them  into  the  conversa8on  and  get  their  instant  first-­‐ hand  feedback  -­‐  no  need  to  copy-­‐paste  or  forward  anything  by   e-­‐mail. • All  the  rest  of  a  thread  is  for  your  trusted  peers’  eyes  only.   What  happens  in  Cerebro  stays  in  Cerebro  ☺. • And  no  more  annoying  mee8ngs,  briefings  and  debriefings!
  • 14. FEATURES:  TWO-­‐CLICK  DAILY  REPORTING • Open  Forum  thread  of  your  task. • Click  on  Reply  buHon. • Describe  what  you  have  done  today  on  a  par8cular   task. • AHach  a  file  (or  folder),  if  necessary. • Specify  the  exact  8me  spent  today  on  the  task. • Click  on  Send  buHon. • Next  morning  don’t  forget  to  look  up  here  for  new   comments  arrived.
  • 15. SYSTEM  COMPONENTS:  MIRADA Mirada  Player  (a  proprietary  CinesoQ  product)  is  used  for  viewing   and  commen8ng  over  pictures  and  videos. Standard  Version  (embedded  in  Cerebro)  has  the  following   features:   • Draw  or  type  over  the  content,  record  your  ac8vity  (zoom,  pan,   8meline  dragging,  mouse  movement)  together  with  your  voice   comments. • The  reviews  are  submiHed  to  Cerebro.  
  • 16. SYSTEM  COMPONENTS:  MIRADA  PRO Mirada  Pro  func8ons  are  unlocked  by  entering  a  registra8on  key   (purchased  separately). The  Pro  version  possess  all  the  features  of  a  Standard  version  plus: • Stereoscopic  3D  viewing  and  annota8on  tools. • Online  Review  Mode,  thats  lets  you  to  synchronize  your  media   and  make  reviews  at  the  same  8me  with  an  unlimited  group  of   people  anywhere  in  the  world.   • The  reviews  can  be  submiHed  to  Cerebro  or  exported  into  MOV   or  JPEG.
  • 17. SYSTEM  COMPONENTS:  CARGADOR Cargador  is  a  CinesoQ  proprietary  file  management  u8lity  used  for   file  storage,  transfer,  indexing  and  caching.   Key  features  are: • Supports  an  unlimited  file  size, • Verifies  integrity  of  files  that  are  being  transferred, • Supports  the  upload  and  download  cues  with  pause/cancel  and   restart/resume  op8ons,   • Schedules  delivery  of  a  new  content, • Instantly  searches  among  millions  of  files, • Prevents  the  unnecessary  file  duplica8on  (first,  it  supports  the  links   to  the  network  storages  and,  second,  it  iden8fies  files  by  their  hash   sums,  not  by  the  names), • Archives  files  and  folders  into  .zip  files  on-­‐the-­‐fly.
  • 18. SYSTEM  COMPONENTS:  CARGADOR If  you  have  several  loca8ons  to  interchange  files  with  -­‐   clients,  vendors,  freelancers,  or  your  own  remote  facili8es  -­‐   Then  Cargador  makes  it  possible  to  make  them  secure   COMMUNITY  CLOUDS  by  synchronizing  heterogeneous  file   storages  around  the  world. It  supports  an  unlimited  file  size  and  can  be  setup  to   synchronize  them: • on  demand, • on  schedule. Cargador  is  more  convenient  and  secure  than  a  Good  Ol’  FTP   server: • it  verifies  the  integrity  of  transferred  files, • it  prevents  an  unauthorized  access  to  files, • it  prevents  the  unnecessary  file  duplica8on  on  a  storage.
  • 19. CEREBRO  API Since  January  2012  Cerebro  installa8on  packs  are  bundled  with  Python.   Cerebro’s  API  has  three  types:   • API  to  the  client  applica8on.  It’s  a  trigger-­‐based  system,  where  trigger  switches  on  the  user’s  ac8on  (message   pos8ng,  tag  changing,  new  task  crea8on,  etc.).  The  system  consists  of  about  30  triggers,  i.e.,  it  can  react  to  a   number  of  ac8ons  and  condi8ons.  For  example,  check  if  the  user  didn’t  forget  to  a2ach  to  his  report  a  file  with  the   right  extension  corresponding  to  the  type  of  the  task. • API  to  the  database. • API  to  the  file  storage.   We  have  released  several  API  samples: • Check:  a  new  Report  is  being  posted  to  the  Forum  of  Task  with  an  Ac8vity  Type=Composi8ng  must  be   supplemented  by  an  aHached  .mov  file  and  a  link  to  a  Nuke  script; • If  a  local  link  to  the  sequence  of  images  is  posted  to  the  Forum,  a  proxy  video  must  be  generated  and  aHached  to   the  same  message; • Report:  make  a  new  item  in  the  Main  Menu  -­‐  Generate  a  custom  report.  The  report  reflects  the  working  8me  for  a   period  spent  by  all  Cerebro  users,  grouped  by  Ac8vity  aHribute.
  • 20. CONTACTS If  you  are  interested  to  find  out  more  about  Cerebro,  please  send  your  inquiries  to:  info@cerebrohq.com US  office: Phone  :  +1  (495)  9800376 Address:    Cerebro  Inc.,  472  Jackson  Street,  San  Francisco,  CA  94111,  USA Russian  office: Phone  :  +7  (495)  9800376 Address:    CinesoQ  Ltd.,  123182,  Novoschukinskaya  str,  14,  Moscow,  Russia