Create From Anywhere: The Netflix Workstations Story

Netflix is poised to become the world’s most prolific producer of visual effects and original animated content. To meet that demand, we need to attract the world’s best artistic talent. Artists like to work at places where they can create groundbreaking entertainment instead of worrying about getting access to the software or source files they need. Our solution is Netflix Workstations. They are remote workstations tailored to artists’ needs that make it easy to just start working, whether in an office in Mumbai or at their house in Vancouver. 

The technical needs of fast-paced productions can vary wildly and change rapidly. We needed to not only make it easy for artists to have a one-click experience; but for developers to be able to control and customize that experience. This presentation will have a deep dive into the technologies we used, such as Spinnaker & Salt, and why we made these decisions. In addition, it will provide a peek into the future of Netflix Workstations and how they can be leveraged for a variety of workflows.


Michelle Brenner

Senior Software Engineer @Netflix
Michelle (she/her) is a Senior Software Engineer, with 10 years of experience in tech, from engineering support to manager. She runs an interview format tech podcast called From the Source that examines what tech jobs are really like. A Philadelphia native that now calls Los Angeles home, she is... Read more

Wednesday May 26 / 10:10AM EDT (40 minutes)

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