Scal­ing out ren­der­ing should be an ef­fort­less job

3D Artist - - SIGGRAPH 2018 -

Have you ever been work­ing on a project, only to find out that you don’t have enough com­pute re­sources in-house to meet your dead­line? If so, then you’ve un­doubt­edly searched the in­ter­net for ren­der farm services to as­sist. When you did this, you found a lot of “services” that claimed to of­fer ren­der­ing. Most of them were un­clear on how they worked, how much they charged, or even where they were in the world. You may have signed up for one of the services you found, only later to re­al­ize there were con­fus­ing lim­i­ta­tions or ob­sta­cles that still pre­vented you from meet­ing your dead­line.

If that was you, then al­low us to in­tro­duce you to Pixel Plow. Pixel Plow is an al­ways-on, cloud-based ren­der farm ser­vice that dif­fer­en­ti­ates them­selves from the com­pe­ti­tion by be­ing easy to use.

To start us­ing Pixel Plow, sim­ply go to pix­elplow.net and sign up for an ac­count. When done, you’ll get a wel­come email with links to their agent soft­ware (avail­able on Win­dows or Mac). A quick down­load and in­stall of the agent, and you’re ready to ren­der. Sub­mit­ting your first job re­quires a small amount of prep, the direc­tions of which are a click­able link in the agent win­dow. You prep your scene, sub­mit your job, and watch in amaze­ment as com­pleted frames be­gin to trickle back to your com­puter as they com­plete.

The Pixel Plow agent dis­plays all the per­ti­nent job met­rics while your ren­der is run­ning, so you can keep tabs on what is go­ing on. Things like cost con­sumed, es­ti­mated com­ple­tion time, es­ti­mated job cost, and data trans­fer per­for­mance are all dis­played and up­dated in near real-time. Pixel Plow is up front and hon­est about the rates charged, soft­ware de­ployed, and ver­sions run­ning. No hid­ing costs be­hind to­kens, cred­its, or any other non­sense!

At­ten­tion to the de­tails of all as­pects of on­line ren­der farms is what makes us­ing Pixel Plow an easy choice to make.

Pixel Plow is an al­ways-on, cloud-based ren­der farm ser­vice that dif­fer­en­ti­ates them­selves from the com­pe­ti­tion by be­ing easy to use

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