Thinkbox Deadline v18.104.22.168 (x64) | 790 MB
Deadline is a hassle-free administration and rendering toolkit for ShiChuang, Linux, and Mac OSX based render farms. It offers a world of flexibility and a wide-range of management options for render farms of all sizes, and supports over 60 different rendering packages out of the box. Deadline 7 is the latest version of Thinkbox Software's scalable high-volume compute management solution. It features built-in VMX (Virtual Machine Extension) capabilities, which allow artists, architects and engineers to harness resources in both public and private clouds.
In addition to enhanced cloud support, Deadline 7 expands support for the Jigsaw multi-region rendering feature, which can now be accessed in 3ds Max, Maya, modo, and Rhino. Deadline 7 also includes an updated version of Draft, Thinkbox's lightweight compositing and video processing plug-in designed to automate typical post-render tasks such as image format conversion as well as the creation of animated videos and QuickTimes, contact sheets, and watermark elements on exported images. Finally, Deadline 7 introduces a wealth of new features, enhancements, and bug fixes.
In addition to built-in cloud support and integration with the latest 3D animation tools, Deadline 7.1 now also supports leading architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) applications such as Autodesk AutoCAD, VRED, and VREDCluster; CSI's CSiBridge, ETABS, SAFE, and SAP2000; EnergyPlus; and Bentley MicroStation.
Deadline 7.1 builds on recently introduced built-in VMX (Virtual Machine Extension) support to allow both VFX and AEC users to leverage public and private cloud resources for on-demand compute. It also includes updated Slave metrics and statistics, enhancements to balanced/weighted job scheduling, expanded font synchronization, and more. Also new in Deadline 7.1 is an updated version of Draft, a lightweight compositing and video processing plugin designed to automate typical post-render tasks such as creating and processing QuickTimes, thumbnails, and other deliverables.
NEW FEATURES IN DEADLINE 7.2
NEW "QUICK DRAFT" OPTIONS ADDED TO JOB SUBMITTERS
New Quick Draft options have been added to most of the job submitters that allow you to easily create movies from your rendered images or perform file conversions, without having to create a Draft template script. Instead, a generic Draft template that ships with Deadline is now used, and it lets you specify settings like Output Type, Codec, Resolution, and Frame Rate.
Support has been added for NIM, which is a pipeline management tool (www.nim-labs.com). This includes automatic Render creation, and thumbnail and movie uploading. NIM can be chosen as an integration option in the After Effects, Cinema 4D, Hiero, Maya, and Nuke submitters. Support for other applications will be added when NIM supports them.
GPU AFFINITY SETTINGS FOR SLAVES
GPU affinity can now be set for Slaves, in the same way that CPU affinity can be set. These GPU affinity settings can be used by Deadline's application plugins to set the GPUs to use for the render if the job's renderer supports it. Currently, the GPU affinity settings are only used by the Maya and Softimage plugins when the RedShift renderer is being used.
For example, if you have two Slaves running on a machine with 4 GPUs, you could set their affinity so that one Slave uses GPUs 0 and 1, and the other Slave uses GPUs 2 and 3. When these Slaves render RedShift jobs, they will pass the GPUs they want to use to RedShift so that each render only uses 2 GPUs.
SMARTER TASK ERROR HANDLING
An option has been added to the Failure Detection section of the Job Settings in the Repository Options that allows the slave to pick the next available task for a job if the job's previous task generated an error. This allows the slave to try other tasks for the job after an error instead of repeatedly failing to render the same one. Note that this option is disabled by default.
NEW APPLICATION SUPPORT
Support has been added for After Effects CC 2015, Cinema 4D 17, DJV 1.1, Guerilla Render, Houdini 15, Houdini's HServer, modo 901, Realflow 2015, TVPaint, and VRay for Sketchup.
Draft has been upgraded to version 1.4, and introduces compression and quality settings for images. It also improves robustness, and fixes various bugs including:
Draft was always writing PNG and TIFF files with an alpha channel.
The TileAssembler was setting final data window with width and height one pixel bigger than necessary, temporarily carrying useless black pixels.
Successive crops was not giving the correct results (resulting image was shifted).
Fixed a bug in deepcopy.
Draft no longer relies on finding colors.xml.
Writing an image to file with an undefined compression doesn't issue a warning anymore.
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