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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.




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!


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.



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


Thinkbox Software Company News

We're excited to announce that we've been acquired by Amazon!

We'll be joining the Amazon Web Services family, and we're looking forward to working together to deliver exciting customer offerings.

At this point, it's still business as usual for us. We'll continue to provide you, our customers, with remarkable support whether you work on-prem, in the cloud or both.

Chris and the Thinkbox Team