Thinkbox Software has released the latest version of their industry-leading compute management tool for render farms, Deadline.
One of the biggest updates is extra options for GPU for rendering, including the ability to split the load across multiple cards and the inclusion of Redshift standalone among supported packaged. The implementation of Quick Draft within submission forms also makes the creation of timecoded dailies much more straight-forward.
“The best thing about Deadline is its simplicity. The new version removes even more complexity and gives you a really easy workflow,” says Ant Gelatka, Head of Support at Escape Technology.
The latest update also includes a slew of new features that strengthen render farm security. SSL certificates with optional password protection can be installed using the Deadline Repository. Encrypting an SSL-enabled version of the MongoDB database allows for default configuration, keeping all your cloud rendering completely safe.
Support has been added for Altus, Cinebench, Clarisse’s CNode, Composite 2017, Corona 1.4 and 1.5, Episode, KeyShot, Media Encoder 2017, Microstation CONNECT, Redshift for Houdini, Redshift Standalone, Silhouette, SketchUp 2017, and V-Ray’s vdenoise.
Validation checks have been introduced certifying commands are created from the sender and ensures the sender is connected to the same Repository. Allowing for no unauthorized source acces.
Toggles for using Regular Expressions, Case-Sensitive and Whole-Word searching are all updated features incorporated in the “Find” dialog and utilized in the text-focused UI panels. In addition there is the option to search in the current selection only.
The use of a new Amazon Spot event plugin automatically scales the Fleet size situated in the Deadline render queue. Taking advantage of cheaper AWS spot Fleet.
Traditional floating licenses will require a new 9.0 license for it to run. Usage-based licensing will still have compatible render time. And a new license is needed for the updated version of Draft that upgraded to 1.6, this is available on request with your updated Deadline license.