Prior to final delivery to Netflix, a production may choose to go through a round of Pre-Delivery QC in order to catch any potential errors or issues that might cause the program to be rejected upon delivery to Netflix. This can be performed by any QC vendor production chooses but is probably most efficiently performed by the vendor delivering the final IMF.
Noted below are some FAQs that may be useful when planning your Pre-QC.
Who is responsible for delivering VDMs and other archival elements to Netflix?
The post production vendor will be selected in tandem with production and Netflix Post Managers. That vendor will be responsible for delivery of archival elements as outlined in the show specific delivery list. The delivery list is visible in Content Hub. Each delivery list may be different depending on the needs of the show. This will be set up in advance so the show knows what they are responsible for to complete delivery to Netflix and so that the vendor can plan ahead for allocating resources and timelines.
Does textless go to the QC vendor?
Not needed in pre-QC (Optional for prod’n to QC for their own needs)
If so, are they responsible for the QC and/or the delivery of the textless material?
QC is only interested in the final streaming IMFs. However, if any fixes are made to texted areas of the program, those same fixes should be performed to the textless for future use.
Are there types of QC issues that production cannot sign off on or approve as is?
Yes. There are a few that cannot be tagged as creative intent or best possible: including, but not limited to: any Netflix spec related issues, as well as other artifacts like frame edge errors, audio drop outs, global sync issues, incorrect idents, etc, and other issues at the discretion of Netflix Master QC Specialist. More detail about what can and cannot be approved ‘as is’ can be found here.
What is the required source for pre-QC? (ProRes vs IMF vs DPX/TIFFs)
All of these are acceptable for pre-QC. Here is a link with more Pre-QC information.
What is the format spec for QC deliverables?
Please find that information here in the Netflix Originals Deliveries Specification v3-1.
Does the production need to receive a passed QC report from the QC vendor before delivering the final IMF to Netflix, or can they do fixes on their own and deliver directly to Netflix without any kind of fix check being performed?
Production does not need to receive a passed QC report from the Pre-QC vendor. It is ok to make fixes and deliver directly to Netflix. The final IMF will receive a normal internal Netflix QC.
When is it best to do a full QC on a replacement file vs a fix check only?
This is determined on a case by case basis at this time. Please consult with your Netflix Master QC specialist.
What elements should be delivered for QC via Content Hub, if any?
M&E and Printmaster audio elements should be delivered to Content Hub. Video reference also needs to be delivered so that audio can be synced with picture.
If a title has M&E or Atmos, will the same pre-QC vendor be responsible for the QC of both the video and the M&E/Atmos or will the deliverables be split up amongst multiple QC vendors?
M&E and Atmos don’t need to go thru pre-QC. They will be QC’d through internal Netflix QC. These may be split up among multiple QC vendors at Netflix discretion.
How will the production know when their IMF is delivered and accepted by Netflix? Do they have access to the delivery backlot?
Production can see their delivery and acceptance status in their Source Request page. They are also free to check with their Post Manager and/or their Master QC specialist for progress and latest status.