What is an Online Render Farm and its Role?

What is an Online Render Farm and its Role?

2023-12-01

Online Render Farm

What is an online render farm? First, let's learn about what is a render****farm?In fact, render****farm should be called Cluster Computing. It has many advantages in rendering. A Cluster Computing has built with amounts of servers, among of them, a server also as a render node. With Cluster Computing, a complex model can be quickly rendered, and the time can be compared to local computer rendering, which can be shortened to 1/8, 1/10.How does render****farm work?The main working principle of render****farm is to use a server as the render master to manage and allocate the same work tasks to multiple render nodes via Ethernet. When a rendering task is transferred to the render master via Ethernet and from a PC with the render****farm software installed, multiple render nodes connected to it will process the rendering command in parallel. After the operation is completed, the rendered still picture sequence or dynamic video is stored to Ethernet. Then download it to the user's local computer via Ethernet, which is actually the online render farm.What role does online render farm play in the production of the CG industry?At present, the proportion of visual effects films in the film industry is increasing, especially for 3D animated films, which are inseparable from the render farm in the post-production. Moreover, in the production files of those movies, it is not just one or two frames, and a movie rendering takes at least a few weeks or even longer. Therefore, those 3D animation and visual effects studios usually rent commercial render farms for rendering to ensure the progress of the work.What are the advantages of using an online render farm?The advantages of using an online render farm are,The general computer clusters are relatively large in scale.There are more than one rendering server, like Fox Render****farm, there are thousands of machines available, massive rendering nodes, and high availability, no waiting necessary.Supporting multiple 3d software, renderers and plug-insBecause render farms typically rely on its management software, rendering cluster management software typically supports mainstream 3d software, renderers and plug-ins.ServiceRendering by render farm, you can uploading, rendering and downloading whenever you want. If you encounter any problems in the process, a professional technical director will help you to solve the problems. Using a render farm is saving a lot of time for the VFX studio/ company. Moreover, it also saves a large part of the manpower, material resources and budget for the studio and the company. As the cheapest online render farm in the CG industry, Fox Render****farm's service and quality have been recognized by many studios, companies and 3d artists, truly providing quality service and reasonable prices.If you want to know which online render farm is the cheapest and supports the best service, Fox Render****farm offers a free trial of $25, welcome experience.


What is Cloud-based Rendering?

What is Cloud-based Rendering?

2023-10-16

cloud rendering

What is Cloud Rendering?With the development of cloud computing, cloud rendering has come out in the CG industry. What is cloud rendering? Cloud-based rendering, also called cloud rendering, is a remote rendering service that relies on cloud computing technology, allowing users to submit local files to a cloud server and then have the rendering done by a cluster of remote computers. Finally, users download the rendering jobs from the cloud server.Cloud rendering refers to the technology that transfers the 2D or 3D graphics rendering from the client to the cloud server. The application of cloud rendering can greatly simplify the client. That’s to say, with display and network access functions, users can enjoy top-level graphics processing capabilities, which will make the same graphics application appear on different terminal devices without distinction.How does Cloud Rendering Work?The background script of the cloud rendering service platform will complete the background server environment configuration according to the files, triggers instructions, and user parameter settings. Then, the dispatcher dispatches a server that meets the requirements to compute/render the specified task. Finally, the server will notify the user of the render status when the computation is complete. If you use the Fox Renderfarm desktop client, generated assets will download automatically, and if you are a web client user, you need to download them manually.How Much Time Will I Save with a Cloud Rendering ServiceDifferent projects’ computing times vary considerably. Cloud rendering services provide powerful computing capabilities. Theoretically, the more render nodes are assigned, the shorter the computing time is. For example, distributed rendering provided by Fox Renderfarm** can compute a render job with multiple servers together, which can save time drastically. The render job that takes one month to render locally can even be completed in 15 minutes in Fox Renderfarm**. The approximate time saved can be calculated in the cost estimator.Here are some projects that also use a cloud rendering services:How Much Does Cloud Rendering Cost?The factors affecting the price are as follows:Server configuration: the higher the configuration, the faster the speed and the shorter the rendering time and the higher the price.Number of servers: the higher the number of servers, the faster the rendering speed, the shorter the time and the higher the price.Size of the project: the bigger the project, the longer the rendering time and the higher the price.Software and renderer: different software with different renderers will have different rendering speeds, and many renderers have different versions and different rendering times. GPU rendering is faster than cpu rendering, which will be a little higher in price.Cloud rendering platform: different cloud rendering platforms have different rendering speeds and prices will vary due to the different server resource configurations each cloud rendering platform has. But generally cloud rendering platforms will provide free testing experience services.Take the Fox Renderfarm** as an example.CPU Pricing:GPU Pricing:How do I Use Cloud Rendering?Users can package their own customized files, upload the packaged files to the cloud rendering server through the cloud rendering client, make full use of the computer hardware resources in the cluster network, and calculate the complex 3D scene through a large number of computer calculations to generate a preview image or the final animated image for visual effect adjustment or post-production synthesis.Better rendering hardware, lower rendering costs and easier to use. These are the points where cloud rendering has advantages over traditional rendering.Why do I Need to Use a Cloud Rendering Service?For example, the producer made an interior rendering. If the rendering is based on the 3600X2500 size, a general computer will take at least 3 to 6 hours, but if you use a cloud rendering service, you only need to upload the file to the client, rendering time can less than 1 hour. Cloud rendering is several times faster than house render farm**. And during the rendering, it does not take up the producer's machine. And for the producer, you don't need to always be in front of the computer, you can view the rendering results anytime, anywhere.What Difficulties does Cloud Rendering Face?The difficulties faced by cloud rendering are more complex than conventional cloud computing applications. This is mainly due to the demanding requirements of 3D rendering for hardware performance and command response. The cloud rendering system may face the rendering requests of thousands of users, which will be huge pressure on the back-end server system. Compared with conventional cloud computing applications, when cloud rendering meets the needs of the same number of users, the hardware performance needs at least several tens of times higher than that of cloud computing, such as Gmail, Google Docs, and other commercial applications to scientific computing.Cloud rendering requires servers with amazing graphics performance, otherwise, it cannot meet the simultaneous rendering requests of a large number of users.1. Efficient data transmission or synchronization capabilities.2. Efficient and accurate matching between the cloud computing environment and the user's local CG production environment.3. Network and storage. Cloud rendering needs to connect to mass storage to save the rendered digital content products. Rendering 1 hour of HD sequence requires about 1TB of storage resources. When all rendering servers output data to the central storage at the same time, network planning becomes a yardstick to measure the final performance of the cluster system.4. Efficient, stable, and reasonable task distribution management tool. No matter how strong a single rendering node is, it will also cause a waste of resources without good management. Rendering management does not simply the arrangement of render machines. Qualified rendering management solutions embrace a well-designed system architecture. Different technical indicators need different solutions. It can be said that the hardware selection and construction only completed 20% of the overall construction of the render farm** and 50% of the effort needed to plan the rendering investment.5. Cluster computing has a problem of efficiency. The number of CPUs and rendering time will be different from the actual situation, and the actual time used by different systems is not the same. The larger the number of CPUs, the shorter the rendering time, and they are inversely proportional. But in fact, the time spent on animation rendering and the number of CPUs is not linearly inversely proportional. The key to the problem lies in communication and software algorithms, including network communication and communication between the PC's internal CPU, memory, and hard disk. How many node computers, based on the number of CPUs, are used in the system are also issues that need to be considered. This requires a cluster rendering management software with excellent algorithms for scheduling to exert the performance of each CPU.Is Cloud Rendering Good?The answer is yes. You can check out the benefits of cloud rendering below:1. Powerful Rendering SpeedFox Renderfarm** is one of the top three render farms in the world with plenty of rendering nodes and flexible solutions, which could definitely save your time in the rendering process.2. Secure &x26; ConfidentialFox Renderfarm has implemented a set of security strategies including banking security level computing center, Uninterruptible Power Supply, 24/7 CCTV monitoring, and strong encryption of data transmission. Fox Renderfarm** has successfully completed MPAA’s Content Security Best Practices and officially become a TPN accredited vendor. We are committed to building a more secure cloud render farm** that better protects the privacy of the project of our beloved customers.3. 24/7 Customer Service and Technical SupportFox Renderfarm** has an outstanding team with over 20 years’ experience in the CG industry. Around the clock customer service and technical support could always be a lifesaver if users met any problem when rendering.We also provide customized rendering services and a Key Account service team, which aims to provide the best cloud rendering solutions and technical support for our dear customers.4. Affordable PricingFox Renderfarm** offers students, teachers, and educational institutions an affordable pricing scheme (Diamond level membership) to support educational purposes.We support flexible solutions with the best price for clients by lowering the cost from our end.5. Easy to UseFox Renderfarm** has both webpage version and desktop client version, which are user-friendly, such as drag and drops project submission, preview during rendering, etc. The UI and pipeline are optimized continuously according to users' habits of the animation industry, which are easy to use.We also provide free services of Raysync Cloud for our users in the rendering process, which is a cloud rendering platform for data storage and transferring at a high speed.6. CSR: Green Data CenterThe electricity of Fox Renderfarm**'s green data center is all generated by wind and water power which is natural &x26; clean. The data center is located where the climate is dry and the temperature is extremely low all year round, so it's not necessary to use air conditioners for cooling most times. The average PUE of our data center is under 1.2 which means the energy-saving ability is highly effective. Every time you use Fox Renderfarm** for rendering, you are making contributions to the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions.The Best Cloud Rendering ServicesFox Renderfarm** is the industry's leading provider of cloud rendering services and an excellent render farm**. In operation since 2011, Fox Renderfarm** has earned a reputation for quality performance, great customer service and flexible pricing plans. With over 20 years of experience, the pioneering core team serves over 200,000 users and top leading visual effects companies and animation studios from over 50 countries or regions, with clients including multiple award and Oscar winners. He is also a TPN-accredited render farm**. Fox Renderfarm** offers a free $25 trial for new registrants now.Let's take the Maya web submission process as an example, only 4 steps in Fox Renderfarm**: submit > analyze > render > download,Click the "Submit" button on the left, select the software for submission> set a project path (Note: select a project path to map the local Maya project path)> select the document for rendering, after that, click "Next".Add software configuration after submitting the job (Note: selection of the rendering system), click "Go Analysis" and wait patiently for the analysis to be completed.Click the job with "Analysis Done", set render parameters and then submit it for rendering (Note: the rendering actually starts only at this job)On the rendering page, click the job > export the file > download.The cloud rendering platform can dynamically adjust the scale of the cloud rendering platform. When the rendering requirements reach the peak warning, the dynamic adjustment automatically expands more computing resources, all the adjustment are automated, and the software running environment and fault tolerance rate is extremely high. Can meet the rendering needs of a variety of software. If you want to learn more about what cloud rendering is, we offer a US $25 free trial, welcome to take an experience.Fox Renderfarm** is one of the world's largest commercial cloud rendering services with hundreds of thousands of users worldwide, including animation studios, VFX companies, and animation education institutions. We support CPU &x26; GPU rendering at competitive prices and now offer a free $25 trial for every new user.Enjoy your cloud rendering journey with Fox Renderfarm**!


SAAS vs IAAS Render Farm

SAAS vs IAAS Render Farm

2022-07-28

Render Farm

When rendering, the most important thing is the time needed and the hardware available. This rendering process requires a lot of computing power to create images or videos quickly. GPU is the computing power of graphics and is increasingly used to render CAD models. There are special processors in the GPU that can execute commands used to edit and display images and videos quickly. In particular, rendering video requires more power and more time to render as many individual images as possible. These images and videos can be rendered in a matter of minutes, hours or even days, depending on the 3D CAD model. For example, to create a 20 second long animated video at 30 frames per second, a total of 600 individual frames are required. Therefore, if one frame takes 10 minutes to render, the complete rendering process would take 100 hours.Why Do You Need a Render Farm?Typically, your workstation consists of a personal or office computer with a CPU and GPU. On this workstation, your 3D CAD raw data is designed and rendered into realistic images or videos. In terms of rendering, powerful hardware is required, including a graphics card. Due to the additional hardware, costs increase significantly, including higher operating and maintenance costs. In addition to the high costs, setting up rugged workstations can be time-consuming when you need to expand or scale your hardware. It's time to consider using a rendering service or outsourcing your work to a render farm.The evolution of distributed and parallel computing technologies has paved the way for the concept of render farms. An offline render farm typically contains a group of computers that are connected together in a network in order to render in an animated model. Each computer in the cluster is called a render node. An animated scene usually contains a number of individual frames. In a render farm, each frame is simultaneously rendered independently in a different render node, or multiple frames are rendered independently and linearly at the same time in a render node containing multiple GPUs. As a result, this significantly reduces rendering time. In some render farms, in order to automatically assign tasks to each render node, render job management software (provided by the render farm or a third party such as Deadline Monitor)) is used as a queue manager and assigns render tasks to the appropriate render node. Rendering tasks are provided as a service using cloud computing technology, which is referred to as rendering as a service.Rendering as a Service (RaaS) is based on the principle of cloud-based rendering. The files to be rendered are uploaded and sent to the RaaS service provider and the rendering task is completed using virtual machines in its render farm. Using a RaaS service, rendering deadlines can be determined and the number of virtual machines may be increased to meet the deadlines accordingly. The advantage of RaaS services is that users only pay for the resources used on an hourly basis. As a result, animation studios do not need to invest much money in building their own render farms or ruggedised workstations. However, as RaaS services follow different business models, the potential and target users of RaaS services, that is, animators, 3D studios, freelancers or students, need to spend a lot of time to explore, analyze and identify the right RaaS service provider.Depending on each render farm, they choose a specific type of RaaS service (including IaaS, PaaS and SaaS) to grow their business. In this article, Fox Renderfarn presents a comparison between IaaS and SaaS and gives a top list of render farms that follow the IaaS or SaaS model. You can use the list to decide which render farm is better for you.In general, there are three service models for cloud computing, IaaS (Infrastructure-as-a-Service), SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) and PaaS (Platform-as-a-Service). However, cloud rendering farms are usually delivered in the form of SaaS and IaaS models. This article details the differences between SaaS and IaaS and lists the SaaS and IaaS render farms that are right for you.SAAS Render FarmSaaS (Software as a Service) is another cloud computing offering that gives users access to a provider's cloud-based software. Users do not need to install 3D software or renderers on their local devices. SaaS provides a complete software solution that you can purchase from a cloud service provider on a pay-as-you-go basis. All underlying infrastructure, middleware, applications and data are located in the service provider's data centre. The service provider manages the hardware and software, you simply upload your work to their system and get the output after waiting for the render farm to render it.As a workflow, the 3D model is built on your workstation and then uploaded to the SaaS render farm. The render station can be extended by a number of individual render stations, thus creating a render farm. The render farm consists of a number of individual render nodes. These individual computer nodes can be used individually or in combination. This setting allows optimisation and easy scaling of the requirements of the corresponding rendering job. For example, if you have a video, you can order multiple render nodes at the same time, or if you have different images, you can individually select a large number of nodes where each node renders each frame at the same time. Assigning tasks to each render node requires a render manager or an applet belonging to the respective rendering program.Admittedly, users certainly don't know what the exact machine specs are? Wondering whether they are using a software license or a cracked version? SaaS render farms can run marketing campaigns and indicate that their machine specs are state-of-the-art CPUs and GPUs, or fly the banner of supporting all software or render engines, but who knows what they currently have in the render farm. On the bright side, users are primarily using the number of render nodes to get their work done on SaaS render farms, rather than the power of the computer. The advantage of using a cloud rendering farm service for rendering is that the number of render nodes can be scaled up or down instantly depending on the user's needs. As animators have to pay for the total number of rendering hours using the cloud render farm, they can avoid investing in the huge infrastructure required for rendering.However, the actual rendering costs are not clearly stated on the render farm's website. Indirect cost variables can be added that significantly increase the actual cost compared to the estimated cost given on the website. Indirect cost variables could be software licensing, data storage, activation time and usage time. Another key factor influencing customer behavior is functionality. Does the render farm guarantee that the upload file and rendering time will be the same as the estimated time or that the rendered file will meet your requirements? For example, they estimate a file upload time of around 15 minutes for 5GB of data, but it actually takes over 2 hours to transfer 5GB of data to the render farm system. Also, due to missing textures or missing files, the render farm may render something completely different to your requirements and output it. What you should do before choosing a SaaS render farm is to consider:What software do they support?Is the render farm compatible with your own software, renderers and plugins?How long does it take to upload files and render them? Or how many nodes can you choose from?What is the cost of the render farm?Is it difficult to use that render farm? (Some render farms are not user friendly and will take you a lot of time to get used to it.)If you use CPU-based rendering that requires a large number of computers to complete a project, you should choose a SaaS render farm because you can take advantage of the number of render nodes, where each node renders each frame at the same time. Popular support software such as 3Ds Max Corona, 3Ds Max Vray, RenderMan should be rendered on a SaaS render farm. Outstanding SaaS render farms are Fox Render****farm and others.IAAS Render FarmIaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) is a form of cloud computing that provides basic computing, networking and storage resources to users over the Internet and on a pay-as-you-go basis. IaaS enables end users to scale up and down resources as needed, thereby reducing the need for high upfront capital expenditure or unnecessary owned infrastructure. IaaS consists of a set of physical and virtualized resources that provide consumers with the basic building blocks needed to run 3D programs or plugins and workloads in the cloud.In the IaaS model, the render farm provider gives you and your studio control of the machine, and your studio will manage the operating system, database, and applications. As a result, you typically have more control and flexibility compared to SaaS. For example, if you use an IaaS render farm, you will need to install your own software, renderers and plug-ins and set up a working environment similar to your computer. However, software licensing issues can be one of the main problems with cloud computing services. In IaaS type services, software license details are often added to the server by the user whereas in SaaS type services, software licensing issues are handled by the render farm provider and the user is charged a fee based on time of use (possibly this fee includes the license fee).Using this workflow, 3D raw data can first be designed at your workstation and then transferred to a remote server in the render farm. In general, the difference with classic render farms is that render farms are located in a cloud infrastructure. This infrastructure allows the virtualisation of existing hardware so that custom configurations can be made (network configuration of a cluster containing many virtual machines). In an IaaS render farm, the user knows exactly what the server specification contains or the type of CPU and GPU in the server. There is no need to purchase additional hardware, the cloud infrastructure is available to you with just a few clicks. Depending on the volume of heavy tasks or jobs, you can easily scale up or down the infrastructure including the number of VMs, configuration types, number of graphics cards, etc. Once the infrastructure is created, the virtual machines are stored as images in the cloud and are available at any time. Interestingly, the outstanding feature of the cloud infrastructure is that more virtual machines can be created from an original image and then cloned to other images with the same data. By doing this, not only is the time and money spent setting up each image saved, but many rendering nodes can also be processed by a large number of images at the same time.It is well known that SaaS render farms provide supported software and plug-ins on their systems, users simply upload files and the classic render farm renders the user's work. The SaaS business model seems likely to handle rendering for the user, but there are more IaaS render farms coming to market. The question is why do CAD users still need IaaS render farms?In fact, 85% of customers need to add their license key to a remote server to use it (some IaaS render farms support specific software licenses), but they continue to choose this type of render farm. The key factor influencing user behavior is the ability to have full control over a powerful server and the flexibility to customize their projects. The IaaS model would be suitable for studios or artists with intricate pipelines and who require a high degree of control from the project owner. In addition to this, if a studio uses multiple software and different renderers and special plug-ins, SaaS render farms can hardly meet the needs of a studio due to the limited types of software supported. It is time to move to an IaaS render farm where the provider offers the highest level of customisation capabilities to its customers. In addition to flexibility, IaaS render farms are highly focused on GPU rendering services.SaaS render farms utilize the number of render nodes, whereas IaaS render farms utilize the number of GPUs in a single server and the number of servers. Therefore, if you are using software and renderers that utilize GPU rendering, IaaS render farms should be the best option.ConclusionIn summary, IaaS and SaaS render farms have their advantages and disadvantages. IaaS render farms would be suitable for CPU-based rendering using a large number of render nodes for rendering. classic render farms such as Fox Render****farm provide rendering for popular software such as 3Ds Max, Maya and Cinema 4D solutions. Users can customize and upload different rendering engines or plugins.For IaaS render farms, all GPU-based rendering software is optimal on their systems. Full control and high customizability are the decisive advantages that make users choose IaaS render farms. Most importantly, users can leverage the power of multiple graphics cards on a single machine to accelerate their rendering time, which is 50 to 100 times faster than CPU rendering.New users sign up for Fox Render****farm can receive a free $25 rendering voucher!


Why the render farm can make you work faster and better?

Why the render farm can make you work faster and better?

2022-07-01

Online Render Farm

Rendering is a very important part during the 3D production. This step will generate the final image including information such as models, scenes, textures, vfx and lights.Rendering in film and television effects is computationally intensive and requires a lot of server computing, especially for animated film production, where rendering time is almost a big challenge. So for the producer, render farm is a good choice.Why the render farm can make you work faster and better?The render farm is also called the conputer cluster. It refers to the calculation method of a supercomputer built with an existing CPU, Ethernet, and operating system. The render farm are consist of thousands of servers.Cloud rendering is an upgrade on the render farm. We can upload the material to the cloud and use the render farm for calculations remotely. And the server will distribute the files to multiple servers and render them according to the uploader's choice.For example, a 10 second special effect lens, 10 hours for a single machine rendering, then if you use 10 machines to render, then the rendering time becomes 1/10.Cloud rendering has the following advantagesNo geographical restrictions, wider market scope, lower idle rate and cost savings.Render farm with better server configuration to ensure user safety and efficiency.Control the rendering progress anytime, anywhere.The emergence of cloud rendering has almost swept the CG industry. It not only brought great changes to the CG industry, but also provided strong support. For the fast-paced modern, it is more convenient, which is why more and more people choose the cloud render farm to render that works.


Is Building Your Own Render Farm The Best Option?

Is Building Your Own Render Farm The Best Option?

2022-07-01

Render Farm

Thanks to growing high-speed internet access, production studios now have new options for rendering their animations in the cloud. Online render farms, like Fox Render****farm, offer studios enormous rendering power at low costs. This has many production studios asking a question for the first time. Should a studio build and maintain its own render farm, or pay for a cloud solution?Before high-speed internet was a reality, a studio’s only option was to build an on-site render farm.  Sure, a small shop could render on unused workstations at night. But, that wouldn’t do the job for most studios. So, owning racks of dedicated rendering equipment became standard.Owning an on-site render farm has its advantages. The system can be custom built for whatever a studio needs. It is always available. Since the studio staff built it, they can fix it when it goes down. And, since it’s on the premises, there are no security concerns.But, owning a farm is costly. An average render slave can cost several thousand dollars. Multiply that by the amount of slave machines needed. Then, all those nodes need to be loaded with rendering software. Some software companies offer unlimited slave licenses for free. But, most charge a fee based on the amount of slaves. If the render farm is large enough, power consumption and climate control become concerns. If the farm operates non-stop, and multiple teams need access to it for different projects, one or more render wranglers must be hired to manage it.Owning an on-site render farm is a good choice if a studio has a large budget, an IT staff, and needs a customized solution.  But, not all studios fit that description.Thankfully, there are now online options for rendering. At one end of the spectrum is collaborative rendering. In this model, users join an online network of fellow 3D animators who volunteer their computing power to be used by everyone in the collective. This is a great option for students and very small production houses since it’s usually free. But there are obvious downsides. Support for the latest renderers and plug-ins may be limited. Your equipment must be made available for other users to render their projects. The availability of, and quality of rendering equipment at any given time is unpredictable. Not to mention the security risks. It is hard to keep track of exactly who will see your files.A collaborative solution may work for a studio when the budget is very tight, when security is not a concern, and when deadlines are flexible. The biggest challenge may be finding a collaborative network that supports the studio’s choice of rendering software.On the other end of the spectrum there are professional, online rendering services. Cloud render farms charge you only for the time it takes to render. You can use them as much, or as little as you need. A good online render farm will have hundreds of top-notch machines with the latest software available to customers 24 hours a day. A good rendering service will also make security one of its top goals, so confidentiality is assured. All the IT troubles associated with maintaining the farm are handled by the render service, not the customer. Some online farms will even work with customers to load custom plug-ins if needed.Since online rendering offers so much, several studios are choosing to forgo the expense of building, and maintaining their own farms. Even studios that already have a small render farm in place can benefit from cloud rendering when overflow work comes in. As internet speeds become even faster, and demand for rendering power grows, cloud rendering makes more and more sense for 3D studios.About:The author, Shaun Swanson, has fifteen years of experience in 3D rendering and graphic design. He has used several software packages and has a very broad knowledge of digital art ranging from entertainment to product design.


Linux’s Place in The Film Industry

Linux’s Place in The Film Industry

2022-07-01

3D Rendering

In 1991, a student named Linus Torvalds began developing a new operating system as a hobby. That hobby, which would later be called Linux, forever changed the world of computers. Since Linux is open source, anyone can license it for free and modify the source code to their liking. This has made Linux one of the most popular operating systems in the world.Linux is everywhere. The web server maintaining this page is very likely Linux based. You may have a version of Linux in your pocket right now. Google’s Android operating system is a modified version of Linux. Several world governments use Linux extensively for day to day operations. And, many would be surprised to learn that Linux has become the standard for major FX studios.In the early 90s, Hollywood studios relied on SGI and its Irix operating system to run animation and FX software. At the time, Irix was one of the best systems available for handling intense graphics. But a change was about to sweep through the computer industry. Windows began to dominate the business world, and Intel began making powerful chips at a lower price point. These market forces made expensive SGI systems hard to justify.When studios began looking for a system to replace Irix, Windows wasn’t an option due to its architecture. The proprietary software in place at many studios was written for Irix. Since Irix and Linux were both Unix based, porting that software to Linux was easier than porting to Windows. Render farms were the first to be converted. In 1996, Digital Domain was the first production studio to render a major motion picture on a Linux farm with Titanic. DreamWorks, ILM, Pixar and others quickly followed. Workstations were next for Linux once artists realized the performance boost in the new operating system. Under pressure from studios, commercial software vendors got on board and started releasing Linux compatible versions. Maya, Houdini, Softimage and other popular 3D applications quickly became available for Linux.By the early 2000s, most major studios were dominated by Linux. While Windows and Mac environments are still used for television and small independent films, practically all blockbuster movies are now rendered on Linux farms.Linux has many advantages for render farm. The obvious benefits are cost and customization. Since Linux is free to license, startup costs are greatly reduced compared to commercial systems. And, since Linux is open source, completely customized versions of the operating system are possible.There are other advantages. Linux machines can multitask well and are easy to network. But the single greatest advantage is stability. Unlike other operating systems, Linux doesn’t slow down over time. It is common for Linux machines to run for months, yes months, without needing a reboot.With all these advantages, it’s surprising to learn many online render farms still haven’t embraced Linux. While a handful of farms like Rebus, Rendersolve and Rayvision support Linux, Windows is still the most common environment for cloud rendering services.It’s not likely anything will replace Linux’s role in the film industry soon. Studios are heavily invested in Linux with millions of lines of custom code. While anything is possible, it would take another industry change akin to the PC revolution to shake Linux from its place in Hollywood.The story of Linux is almost like a Hollywood movie itself. It shows us that anything is possible. It’s hard to believe that a simple student project forever changed the world of computers and became the backbone of the film industry.About: The author, Shaun Swanson, has fifteen years of experience in 3D rendering and graphic design. He has used several software packages and has a very broad knowledge of digital art ranging from entertainment to product design.If you want to know more about 3D Rendering, Follow us on Facebook,Linkedin.


The Top Benefits of Online Render Farms

The Top Benefits of Online Render Farms

2022-07-01

Online Render Farm

Having a render farm is essential for computer graphics studio owners today. Technology in the field is advancing at a rapid rate and having the resources to keep up with client requirements is something that CG studio owners should consider.Rendering is one of the main duties that a computer graphic designer is responsible for. Having a proper system and software that performs complex rendering tasks can prove impractical sometimes due to the extensive costs and management it requires.However, the services of an online or a cloud render farm can prove invaluable. Here are some reasons:Easy to UseOnline rendering services are not only a practical option, but they are also very easy to use. Software management and maintenance are handled by service providers thus allowing your time to invest in projects that are more lucrative. All you have to do is access to the cloud render farm through your computer!Time Saving and Cost EffectiveCompared to the time and money it will take for you to do all the rendering yourself, professional online rendering can help you save company resources that can be put to better use elsewhere.Realistic Visual EffectsThe render farm is software based on complex programming that allows programmers to generate effective visual effects. Outsourcing for these services yields highly efficient, updated and realistic visual effects. Expert engineers and programmers use the latest rendering techniques to create realistic visual effects.Efficient DeliveryConverting the final project in accordance to your format and organizational requirements is a difficult process. However, external rendering services can package and distribute your project according to your required specifications.At Rayvision we offer pioneering self-service cloud computing for rendering, research into cluster rendering, parallel computing technology and computing services for cloud rendering.


What is the difference between a traditional render farm and a cloud rendering render farm?

What is the difference between a traditional render farm and a cloud rendering render farm?

2022-07-01

Online Render Farm

What is the difference between a traditional render farm and a cloud rendering render farm?Generally, a render farm is a cluster of computers used to provide CGI (computer-generated imagery) through a batch processing method. While, a traditional one means building it on your own, which means you need to buy a lot of computers and fix them yourself whenever there is a problem. It is a local render farm, use local nodes.Cloud rendering render farm, aka cloud render farm, online render farm, is a render centre that you can send your asset and render from far away, they are connected by the internet, “Cloud”, means internet. It becomes a kind of online services for artists to upload their tasks to the services providers, and download their final render results when completed.However, when render farm is put on the ‘cloud’ it means faster because commercial render farms have better and more high capacity nodes, and some of them provide customer services and TD support for technical issues, like Fox Render****farm. For eg, you are in India and you use cloud rendering render farm, wherever their servers are in, you still can use their platform to control their nodes to render your files, it can save your local hardware cost. if you don't have a stable render, using a cloud render farm would be much better than build an in house render farm, low cost and higher efficiency.The advantages of using a cloud rendering render farm,1. Powerful rendering speedThe top render farm companies can provide thousands of rendering nodes which have powerful CPUs and GPUs, it could definitely save your time on the rendering process.2. Cost EffectiveCompared with the traditional render farm, it would be much more cost-effective especially for a big project. You don't need to spend too much money to purchase hardware and maintain the network, and don't need to hire people to manage it.3. 247 Customer Service and Technical SupportAround the clock customer service and technical support could always be a lifesaver if we met any problem when rendering but don't know how to solve it. The professional service team could totally help you with that.4. Easy to Use Desktop AppSome online render farms have their own desktop app which has a lot of great features, such as drag and drop project submission, preview during rendering, automatically uploading and downloading project etc.The disadvantages of using a cloud rendering render farm,1. SecuritySome small render farm will not sign the Non-Disclosure Agreement with customers, so you'd better find some high reputation company who had worked with big producing companies on famous films, if ever worked with OSCAR winners would be the best.2. Software, Render and Plugin CompatibilityDifferent people would have different habits, so the more software, render &x26; plugin the cloud render farm supports, the better. And if the online render farm can even support custom's own plugin, it would be a great added-value service.Putting everything done on cloud is a kind of trend with a high-speed internet connection and large data transmission become more and more available. But the choice between the traditional one and online render farm depends on the needs of the project. But it’s always worth trying the cloud render farms, coz most of them give new users a free trial, like Fox **Render*farm, US$25 free trail is waiting for you.


C4D Tutorial: Cinema 4d Mograph Effectors Correct Rendering Method

C4D Tutorial: Cinema 4d Mograph Effectors Correct Rendering Method

2022-06-16

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This tutorial is made by the artist from the leading cloud render farm provider, Fox Render****farm. It is about Cinema 4d Mograph Effectors correct rendering method.Not only in using cloud rendering platform like Fox Render****farm, but also in using Cinema 4d's own online rendering tool locally or using c4d's command line rendering, the Mograph effectors used in c4d all need to generate an effectors buffer. This will ensure that the rendering in a render farm is consistent with the local machine when rendering.The specific steps are as follows:On the object to which the Mograph Effectors is added, click on the ‘Mograph cache’.Set the number of frames you need to render, and the storage location of the output buffer (recommended to select non-B, C, D drive letter directory)Click the ‘bake’. If the output is successful, there will be a memory used below the panel, indicating that there is already a cache size, and the Mograph icon will turn green.Click on ‘playback’ to check if caching is enabled, as well as the path.You can turn off the Mograph Effectors and check if the cache is correct. If the dynamic is consistent with the local machine. That is mean that the rendering output successfully.Package the assets, then upload and submit it to the cloud render farm.Fox Render****farm hopes it will be of some help to you. It is well known that Fox Render****farm is an excellent cloud rendering services provider in the CG world, so if you need to find a render farm, why not try Fox Render****farm, which is offering a free $25 trial for new users? Thanks for reading!


Get Render Coupon & Gold Membership -  The Best Render Farm

Get Render Coupon & Gold Membership - The Best Render Farm

2021-05-24

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Evergreen Program is Officially ON!Get Render Coupon &x26; Gold MembershipTo benefit more individual artists and SMEsHand in hand, let’s grow togetherLimited Time Offer For New Users!!!To accomplish your first top-up and get Render Coupon &x26; Gold Membership!Evergreen ProgramEvergreen Program is launched by Fox Renderfarm to benefit more individual artists and SMEs, which in turn to prosper with the CG community as a whole hand in hand.The pandemic rages, yet it can never suffocate vigor and vitality. The economic consequences need time to alleviate, what’s more pivotal, the wounded souls need more artistic and creative expressions to heal.Fox Renderfarm** has contemplated what more we can do to make your projects “come true” with a fast and easy rendering experience while enjoying the greatest and the most cost-effective cloud rendering services. So we push the boundary once again. We have decided to launch Evergreen Program to benefit more individual artists and SMEs. However, we might not be able to make it for a very long time.Grab the chance, and let’s grow together!RulesFor every new user*Any new user whose first top-up is equal to/ above $10 and under $100 will get a $15 render coupon.Any new user whose first top-up is equal to/ above $100 and under $2000 will get a $30 render coupon, and also a 90-day Gold Membership, which is 20% off for CPU rendering, and 30% off for GPU rendering.Any new user whose first top-up is equal to/ above $2,000 will get a $30 render coupon, and Gold, Platinum or Diamond membership accordingly. The more you recharge, the more you save, you can save up to 50%.All users will follow the regular membership scheme according to the accumulated recharge amount after the 90 days.All the coupons offered will be validated before 12/ 31/ 2021.Fox Renderfarm** reserves the rights to alter, amend or add these conditions at any time without prior notice.*New User: User registered in 2021 who is ready to accomplish the first top-up.


Render Nodes Rental Spring Sale!

Render Nodes Rental Spring Sale!

2021-02-19

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The Unlimited Render Rental Service allows you to rent your own physical machines on our render farm with the setup, software, power, maintenance &x26; technical support all provided by us. The service is a high priority reservation and it is perfect for users that will be continuously submitting an unlimited amount of rendering tasks for a certain period. You will have instant access to your reserved machines once the service is purchased and confirmed.About Render Nodes Rental SPRING SALE!Rent physical machines with the setup, software, power, maintenance &x26; technical support all provided by Fox Render****farm.For CPU Rendering ONLYMinimum rental of 20 render nodes for 1 week8th February - 31st March 2021 (UTC+8)If you are interested to purchase or inquire regarding the Unlimited Render Rental Service, please email your account manager or gordon@foxrender****farm.com for price and details.


Get 100% CPU Render Coupon Back on Recharge!

Get 100% CPU Render Coupon Back on Recharge!

2021-02-09

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we know that some artist needs to lockdown in-home. As the largest render farm in the CG industry, Fox Render****farm is always back with you, to encourage 3d artists can more focus on creation, we offer a big discount for you. So, Fox Render****farm Spring Sale is live!Get 100% CPU Render Coupon Back on Recharges of $200 &x26; above.Double your render credits, boost your render speed8th February - 8th March 2021 (UTC+8)CPU coupon's validity time: 8th February - 31st March 2021 (UTC+8).Recharge more and get more now: https://task.foxrender****farm.com/sso/signinNote: valid for CPU rendering within the official pricing scheme.


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