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AWS Thinkbox at IBC 2018

Join AWS Thinkbox at IBC 2018 at the RAI in Amsterdam this September.

You can find us at the AWS booth (5.C80) throughout the conference.

Stop by get a demo of the latest version of Deadline, learn how Amazon EC2 Spot instances can scale your studio's rendering requirements, and check out a live Virtual Workstations demo highlighting VFX workflows.

See a full summary of AWS booth events at IBC here.



SIGGRAPH 2018 Roundup

Missed out on SIGGRAPH 2018 in Vancouver? Here is a quick recap of our presence at the show.

The exhibition floor opened up on Tuesday, August 14th. We kicked off Tuesday with the inaugural AWS Cloud Tech Talks at SIGGRAPH. Bringing together our customers, partners, and industry experts, the full-day track presented the opportunities and innovation available with a cloud-connected studio via informative sessions.

Highlights of the track included Chris Bond, founder of Thinkbox Software and currently Director Product Management Amazon EC2, who discussed how our customers are taking advantage of the cloud to scale their studio. We welcomed our customers Mikros Animation and Milk Visual Effects to talk about how they scaled up their render capacity for feature film projects. We also featured a session with our partners Teradici and Sohonet on running virtual workstations on GPU for VFX workflows. Check back to see recordings of those sessions soon.

Our booth, which was the AWS booth, included demo stations that featured rendering with Deadline 10 with partners such as Redshift and Autodesk Arnold, hands-on virtual workstation demos for VFX workflows, storage solutions with our partners Weka IO and Qumulo, VR with Amazon Sumerian, and Amazon Game Tech. Additionally, we hosted Territory Studio’s hypnotic interactive installation "Life at Work," which presented an animated visualization of their London studio rendering pipeline.



And who could forget the party? We hosted a cocktail event on Tuesday at Cinema Public House with a couple hundred friends. We really enjoyed chatting with those who were able to make it out. And the pinball was fun too.

In product news, we were delighted to announce that Isotropix Cnode for Clarisse had joined the Thinkbox Marketplace for per-minute licensing, and that Luxion Keyshot is coming soon.

A big thank you to our presenters, our partners, and everyone else that could join us to make SIGGRAPH 2018 a memorable one.


Important: Change in Cloud Licensing Certificates for UBL

This message is for AWS Thinkbox Deadline customers that are using Usage Based Licensing (UBL).

On August 21 2018, the Thinkbox Customer Portal will update the certificate that Deadline uses to connect to the Cloud License Server for UBL. This new certificate has been reissued through Digicert’s infrastructure to provide increased security. This certificate is included in Deadline and later, and will be installed automatically if you run the Client installer on your render nodes. If you are using UBL, we highly recommend you upgrade to Deadline

If you are on an older version of Deadline, or if you have upgraded to using the Automatic Upgrading process, you will need to manually update the certificate on your render nodes.

Please follow this guide to update your certificate to avoid any disruption in using UBL.


Join AWS Thinkbox at SIGGRAPH 2018

Planning to attend SIGGRAPH 2018?

You’ll be able to find and interact with the AWS Thinkbox team in a number of ways this year:

  •  We will be demoing and meeting customers every day at AWS booth #701 in the exhibition hall
  •  Grab a coffee and hear from AWS partners and customers at our one-day track of special guest sessions, AWS Cloud Tech Talks on Tuesday 14th August. 
  •  Join us for drinks and snacks post-SIGGRAPH at our AWS Thinkbox Cocktail Party
  •  Close each conference day at the daily beer garden at our booth (4-6pm) 
  •  Plus much more!

Registration and more information for all AWS Thinkbox sessions and events are available at our SIGGRAPH 2018 event page.


Celebrating Another Exceptional Year of Filmmaking

From a new chapter in the venerable Star Wars saga to a dark but beautiful dystopian future in "Blade Runner 2049," this year's awards-recognized projects showcase an incredible display of artistry. While the demands of production can be all-encompassing, awards season serves as a reminder for us to pause, recognize and reflect on the past year's body of work, and celebrate the achievements and vision of talented artists. 

In delivering solutions that help artists create these impressive visuals, we're consistently amazed at what our customers and others throughout the industry dream up. Although rendering might not garner the fanfare of other disciplines in the VFX workflow, it is vital to content creation, especially as projects become more complex and nuanced. When approached smartly and efficiently, rendering can fundamentally transform the way work is created, and was an essential step in realizing the artistry of many of the year's biggest films.

As the Academy Awards approach on March 4, we're excited to see such an amazing representation of work in contention. We congratulate our friends at Luma Pictures, ILM, Double Negative, Hybride, Blind, fx3x, Scanline VFX, Dreamworks, and Cartoon Saloon for contributing to films nominated in the Outstanding VFX and Best Animated Film categories; your work is jaw dropping. We wish the best of luck to all the nominees!