SCALABLE HIGH-VOLUME COMPUTE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
Deadline is a hassle-free administration and compute management toolkit for Windows, Linux, and Mac OSX based render farms. It offers a world of flexibility and a wide-range of management options for render farms and compute clusters of all sizes, and supports over 70 different content creation applications out of the box.
Deadline’s unique architecture removes the need for a centralized manager application by using a highly-scalable database and basic file sharing to manage the farm. As long as your Database and File Server are running, Deadline is running.
THE CENTER OF YOUR PIPELINE
You'll be up and running quickly with Deadline's easy install process, and your team will be able to learn the simple to use interface in no time.
WORKS WITH ALL OF YOUR APPLICATIONS
Deadline supports over 70 different content creation applications out of the box for VFX, Design, Broadcast, AEC, and education. Add support for additional applications, from third-party to home-brew, with the Deadline API.
FLEXIBILITY, SCRIPTING, AUTOMATION
With its Python based plug-in API, studios can customize the out of the box plug-ins and scripts to suit their individual pipelines, or create custom plug-ins to support in-house applications. Event plug-ins can be created to trigger events like updating pipeline tools when jobs are submitted or finish rendering, and Cloud plug-ins can be created to control VMs in public and private Cloud providers. Finally, job scripts can be created to setup custom dependencies, as well as perform operations when a job starts, when a job finishes, and before and after each task is rendered.
Scalable and flexible licensing options
Deadline 8 introduces on-demand Usage Based Licensing (UBL). The feature will work with both on-premise and cloud-based render nodes alongside existing permanent and temporary licenses. On-demand licensing can be purchased via the Thinkbox Store 24/7, with minutes consumed only while the Deadline Slave application is rendering. Additionally, Deadline 8 introduces on-demand 3rd Party Licensing (3PL) for select products. Visit the Deadline on Demand website and consult the Licensing Overview for more information.
Virtual Machine Extension
Deadline 7 features built-in VMX (Virtual Machine Extension) capabilities, which allow artists, architects and engineers to harness resources in both public and private clouds.
Leverage Cloud computing on the Google Cloud and Amazon Web Service platforms. Utilize the VMX Cloud Wizard to help set up a Cloud processing/render farm.
MULTI-REGION TILE RENDERING
Jigsaw is available for 3ds Max, Houdini, Maya, modo, and Rhino, and can be used to split up large frames into arbitrary sized tiles and distribute them over your render farm. When the tiles are finished rendering, they are automatically assemged into the final image using Draft. Specific tiles can be re-rendered and automatically composited on top of the original image.
Draft is a tool that provides simple compositing functionality. It is implemented as a Python library, which exposes functionality for use in python scripts. Draft is designed to be tightly integrated with Deadline, but it can also be used as a standalone tool.
Using the Draft plugin for Deadline, artists can automatically perform simple compositing operations on rendered frames after a render job finishes. They can also convert them to a different image format, or generate Quicktimes for dailies.
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Deadline 8.1 makes improvements to the Remote Command system, which facilitates the control of Deadline applications on remote machines from the Deadline Monitor. In the latest version, Deadline Pulse can now act as a proxy for Remote Commands, which makes it possible to send Remote Commands across different subnets. In addition, new application support has been added for Altus, Cinebench, Composite 2017, Keyshot, Maya 2017, MicroStation CONNECT, and Redshift Standalone.
During the beta period, bug fixes will continue to be pushed out with the Deadline 8.0 revision releases. But if you want early access to the new features, please join the beta and give us your feedback! Simply contact firstname.lastname@example.org to request beta access. Note that a valid Support and Maintenance contract is required to access the Deadline 8.1 beta.
There is currently no information about Deadline versions that are currently in development. Stay tuned!
"Don't look at it as a render farm. Look at Deadline as a tool for processing, previewing, iterating and testing on any idle compute resource"
- Chris Bond, Thinkbox Software