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Tuesday
Aug082017

Introducing: Deadline 10 – for public preview

Deadline 10 is now available for preview.

This latest update to Deadline adds native integration to the AWS Cloud to enable customers to expand their render farms – whether it exists on-premise, purely on the cloud, or a hybrid of both – simply and securely.

To ensure that all the appropriate files are available in the cloud, Deadline synchronizes with local asset servers and manages the data transfer before rendering begins, tagging accounts and instances for cost tracking. With flexible third-party licensing options, Deadline 10 customers can purchase software licenses from the Thinkbox Marketplace, deploy existing licenses, or leverage a combination of the two to grow render farms elastically from the AWS Cloud.

Starting today, customers can also purchase by-the-minute render time of Autodesk 3ds Max, Maya, Arnold Renderer, and Chaos Group’s V-Ray Renderer.

Find out more or preview Deadline 10 here: http://deadline.thinkboxsoftware.com/deadline10preview

Monday
Jul172017

Join us for an exclusive event at SIGGRAPH 2017

 

Ahead of SIGGRAPH 2017, Thinkbox is hosting an exclusive event to celebrate its customers and share the latest Deadline news & partner announcements. This event is being held Monday, July 31 in the Clive Davis Theater at the Grammy Museum (a short walk from the LA Convention Center, in the L.A. Live complex).

 

Presentations kick off at 6pm, with Chris Bond, Thinkbox Founder & Amazon EC2 Director of Product Management, and Joshua Burgin, EC2 General Manager providing insight into what Thinkbox and Amazon Web Services have been working on, alongside presentations from Thinkbox partners and customers. Presentations will conclude around 7:15PM, with a cocktail reception to follow.


REGISTER NOW

 

Wednesday
Jul052017

Thinkbox At Siggraph 2017

Are you planning to attend Siggraph 2017 in Los Angeles? Come visit us at Booth #323, and meet our team to learn what is new in the world of Deadline, Cloud rendering, Krakatoa, and more.

You can even use the coupon code "THINKBOX" to get your free exhibits-only pass on us!

This year, the Siggraph Exhibition will take place from August 1st to August 3rd at the Los Angeles Convention Center, with the conference running from July 30th to August 3rd.

We will be happy to see you there!

Tuesday
May232017

Saddington Baynes delivers for Honda with On-Prem Deadline solution

 


We recently checked in with the creative studio Saddington Baynes to learn how Thinkbox Deadline brings power to their projects.

As the backbone of Saddington Baynes’ rendering workflow, Deadline has ably guided the studio, helping the team make the most of its resources while juggling projects using different computing environments, while also making sure any productivity-crushing rendering errors are avoided.

 

Tuesday
Mar072017

Deadline 9 Is Now Available

Deadline 9.0 is the latest version of Thinkbox Software’s scalable high-volume compute management solution, and introduces new features to strengthen the security of your Deadline render farm. The Deadline Repository installer installs an SSL-enabled version of the MongoDB database, and configures Deadline by default to connect to the database using SSL certificates that can be optionally password protected. In addition, new installation and configuration options have been added to better support distributed deployments.

Improvements have also been made to Deadline’s Remote Command system. Remote Commands are encrypted, and validation checks confirm that the commands originated from the sender, and that the sender is connected to the same Repository. Remote Command redirection is also supported via Deadline Pulse, allowing Remote Commands to be securely sent across different subnets.

A common interface is now included in all submitters for Draft - Deadline’s plug-in for automating deliverables - and for project management applications including Autodesk Shotgun, ftrack and NIM. In addition, support has been added for additional applications and renderers, including Innobright's Altus, Cinebench, Clarisse’s CNode, Composite 2017, Corona 1.4 and 1.5, Episode, KeyShot, Media Encoder 2017, Microstation CONNECT, Redshift for Houdini, Redshift Standalone, Silhouette, SketchUp 2017, V-Ray’s vdenoise, and VRED 2017.1 and 2017.2. V-Ray DBR support has been included for modo and Rhino 5, the 3dsCmd plugin now supports Dynamic V-Ray DBR offloading, and a V-Ray standalone submitter has been added for The Foundry’s NUKE. Jigsaw rendering for Redshift for Maya and Tile rendering for Cinema 4D and VRED are now included in addition to Redshift exporting from Maya, and Renderman exporting from Houdini.

Note that if you’re using traditional floating licenses, a new 9.0 license is required to run this version. However, if you’re using Usage Based Licensing, your existing render time will still be compatible. In addition, the version of Draft that ships with Deadline 9.0 has been upgraded to 1.6, which will require a new license as well. Please contact our Sales department to request updated floating licenses for Deadline and Draft.

Visit deadline.thinkboxsoftware.com for more details on the new release. For the complete release notes, please see the Deadline User Manual.