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Cloud rendering, also known as distributed rendering, is the rendering of a 3D application’s scene file over a vast computer network, known throughout the industry as a “Render Farm”. Each individual frame is sent through the network and assigned its very own server. Many high end studios, Architectural firms, Universities, and others of the like tend to use Commercial Render Farms because of the ability to produce results. This can allows artists to create much more content, and allows end customers or managers to review and edit work much faster as well.
When a new job is submitted it is entered into Render Rocket’s Network Management System. From here it has two options; begin rendering (if servers are available) or enter the queue state and begin rendering as soon as a server becomes available. Once servers are available they are assigned to a customer’s job and rendering begins! Once a frame is complete, it outputs the image to the customers FTP account and frees up that server to pick up the next frame in queue. After all frames of a single job are done, the management queue removes the job from queue and sends the information to the website notifying the customer that your frames are ready for download!
Sweet new changes added to our Render Rocket Classroom Management tool for Schools & Universities and awesome changes to the educational render program.
Now all render credits are fixed or normal credits. This means, credits do not expire until you use them. This will give educational facilities a greater level of control over purchasing decisions and make it easier to purchase credits on a yearly, quarterly or semester basis. Purchased credits will be loaded in the administrative or instructor account and will stay there until assigned to students. If students do not use all credits assigned to them; these credits can be moved back into the admin/instructor account to be assigned again as needed. Gone are the days of if you don’t use it you lose it!
Educational Packages have been removed. There is no minimum purchase requirement to get started with Render Rocket. Now you can work with your account manager to buy the number of credits needed for your account on a schedule that works best with your facility. Adding new credits is easy too!
Many changes are now available in the Render Rocket Class Manager which give our instructors a greater level of control over the usage of render time, adding and removing credits as well as adding and removing students from the class.
Gone are the days of students running in to negative balances for renders they didn’t manage or underestimated. Now, our system will stop a running student job as soon as it starts to go negative. Keep in mind that all renders up to the point that the render was stopped will be available to the student. Students will then need to contact their instructor for more render time and give the instructor an opportunity to review the job with the student.
If you are a student and want to see Render Rocket added to your classroom – reach out to us too! We will be happy to chat with your department chair, instructor or lab manager and give them all the benefits of using Render Rocket like so many other schools and universities across the globe and students worldwide.
Meet DALE! Dynamic Augmented Living Environment and SCI -Arch / Caltech’s entry into the 2013 Solar Decathlon. Check out this innovative and extremely cool house created by SCI-Arch/Caltech and the video which was rendered at Render Rocket. The Sci-Arch/Caltech team animated their project using Maya.
More on DALE and the Decathlon: www.meetdale.com
View the video: http://vimeo.com/73260138
The Solar Decathlon
The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon is an award-winning program that challenges collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive. The winner of the competition is the team that best blends affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency.
Render Rocket is big supporter of education and offers a variety of render packages and deep discounts to schools and individual students.
Learn more about getting set up with educaitonal pricing and getting started with Render Rocket : Student FAQ
Check out this really cool student projectrendered at Render Rocket
DePaul University students Andrez Aguayo and David Johnson created this 4 minute animation as their final student project at DePaul University located in Chicago, Il. The Golfer & The Goose was screened at a number of film festivals winning the students several awards. A full list of festivals and awards can be found on the video link above.
The project uses Maya & Mental Ray and the students utilized the Render Rocket Educational Program and Pricing. More information about using Render Rocket for Education can be found on our Student FAQ