Speaking of budgeting programs, a popular choice among Media Services
customers for several years has been Cinergy Budgeting from Mindstar
Productions. Part of the Cinergy Motion Picture Production System (a.k.a.
Cinergy 2000) that also includes Cinergy Scheduling, Cinergy On-Set Shot
Logging and Cinergy Post-Production, Cinergy Budgeting has some unique
features of its own. Several studio chart of accounts templates are
available in the base package. If your company is not included in the base
set of templates, you can define your own chart of accounts and use the
template in any future budgets you wish. Along with the commonly used
features for fringes, variables and equations, you can also set up
equations that pull information directly from the schedule, which Mindstar
cites as one of the benefits of using an integrated package.
For example, the number of shooting days can be set up manually, or pulled
directly from the stripboard. Cinergy can even automatically modify the
budget if you ever go back and change the number of shooting days in the
stripboard. Cinergy also includes a Labor Rate Browser program,
which can be used both as an integrated component of Cinergy Budgeting,
and as a standalone program that you can pull up even when you aren't
running Cinergy. Quarterly data updates are sold for a nominal fee. If you
don't own Cinergy Budgeting, you can still purchase the standalone labor
rate browser with one quarter of labor rate data included.
Stasi Poulos, president and CEO of Mindstar Productions, says that the
strength of the budgeting module comes from what he calls the "Cinergy
Concept": the flow of data from the earliest stages of preproduction
all the way to the editing room. "We design our products as a conduit
that streamlines that flow, connecting to as many devices as we can along
the way," he says.
A 15-day fully functional trial copy (including save & print) is
available from the Mindstar web site at www.MindstarProds.com.
Support is provided through email and also through MSN and Yahoo instant
messenger chat sessions. Studio production plans are available, including
premium support options and on-site training. For more information, please
contact Steve Bizenov at Media Services, 917-305-8309.