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 technically be performed by any QC vendor production chooses. However, please check with your Netflix post production contact, as some post teams mandate the use of an approved NP3 vendor. When not mandated, it is still highly recommended that they go with an approved vendor from the NP3 program found here.
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 production 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 assets (the IMF or an alternate intermediate file created from the same source as the subsequent IMF). However, if any fixes are made to texted areas of the program, those same fixes should also be applied to the corresponding textless material.
Are there types of QC issues that production cannot sign off on or approve as is?
Yes. There are some issues that cannot signed off without Netflix Asset Management approval. These include, but are not limited to any Netflix spec related issues, artifacts like frame errors, audio drop outs, global sync issues, incorrect idents, etc. Netflix Asset Management also reserves the right to require fixes on any other issues at our discretion. 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?
Production does not need to receive a passed QC report from the Pre-QC vendor. It is fine to make the necessary fixes and deliver directly to Netflix. The final IMF will still go through Netflix internal QC upon delivery.
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. Please consult with your Netflix Asset specialist.
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 through pre-QC. They will be QC’d through internal Netflix QC. These may be split up among multiple QC vendors at Netflix discretion.