Getting Started with deadline

#1 Download

If you are new to Deadline, or are upgrading to a new version, first download the Deadline installers from the Thinkbox Downloads website. Use your existing AWS Account or Amazon Account to access the downloads, or create a new account.

#2 obtain License

Deadline for 3 nodes or more

If you need a trial license to test Deadline on more than 2 render nodes, or if you are upgrading and need an updated Deadline license, please contact Thinkbox Sales. If you prefer to use Usage Based Licensing instead of a traditional floating license, visit the Thinkbox Marketplace to purchase render time.

Deadline for 2 nodes or less

Deadline can be used on up to 2 render nodes without requiring a license. If you are only using Deadline on 1 or 2 render nodes, you can skip ahead to the next step.

#3 Install

When you are ready to install Deadline, visit this Installation section of the Deadline User Manual to get setup.

If you have received a license file from Thinkbox Sales, or have purchased Usage Based Licensing, this section will also cover license configuration.

#4 configure and go!

Once Deadline is installed, refer to the following sections to configure your Deadline farm for rendering and submit your first job!

Having trouble?

If you need support, the Thinkbox Forums are a great place to start.

If you can't find the information you need here, you can also contact Thinkbox Support to get you set up.

Additional Resources

The Deadline User Manual is a great resource for learning about all the features that Deadline has to offer.

The Deadline Feature Blog is also a useful source of supplemental information, with new blog entries being released regularly.

Check out the Deadline Extensions, which are additional tools that are included with Deadline for customers that have valid support contracts.

Finally, Deadline Release Mailers are available if you would like to be notified of future Deadline releases.