Tendril Maximizes Output with New GPU Pipeline Powered by Thinkbox’s Deadline and Redshift On-Demand

Author:
Publish date:

Toronto-based animation and design studio Tendril creates imaginative worlds for cinema, print, digital, games, broadcast and VR. From brand videos and VR films to HTML games and interactive music videos, Tendril’s artistry is influenced by technology. When ramping up for its latest project – a nearly five minute animated story that appeared within episode five of STARZ’s otherwise live action series “American Gods,” the studio opted to transition from CPU to GPU rendering and began evaluating options, ultimately installing a 36-node on-premise farm. Tendril has used Thinkbox’s Deadline to manage its compute for more than four years and found that the software integrated seamlessly into the new pipeline. Tendril is also taking advantage of per-minute software licensing of Redshift, available through Thinkbox’s Marketplace, to scale its rendering capacity.

“Usage-based licensing is perfect for mid-sized studios like ours,” said Christopher Bahry, founder and director, Tendril. “We can easily scale up and our hours are retained in our Deadline account. The CPU is a known quantity, but the GPU is quite complex, and the hardware is changing fast. I was surprised by how well everything fell into place and can’t imagine going back to our previous way of working.”

Shifting to a GPU-based render pipeline has drastically accelerated Tendril’s workflow, increasing render speeds anywhere from five to 50 times as fast, depending on project size. Faster renders have allowed Tendril artists to iterate more quickly and work more fluidly.

In determining the most cost-effective approach for securing Redshift render licenses, usage-based licensing (UBL) made the most financial sense for Tendril. “It was super obvious that UBL from Thinkbox’s Marketplace was the best route for our needs over the alternative – spending thousands on node-locked licenses. We’re able to use minutes how we need them, when we need them, and we’re able to easily access them through Deadline,” Bahry noted.

As Tendril dials in its new GPU-based workflow, it is examining how to integrate Deadline more deeply into tasks such as simulation management and batch processing, while also keeping an eye out for new on-demand offerings in the Thinkbox Marketplace.

Related

YamahaUC_YAI-1Bundle

Yamaha Unified Communications Simplifies UC Deployments at Enterprise Connect

Yamaha Unified Communications is helping enterprises move toward consistent, simple, and high-quality collaboration experiences in any conference room and meeting space with its latest solutions in booth 1027 at Enterprise Connect, March 18-20 in Orlando, Florida. Phil Marechal, Yamaha UC's vice president of business development and product management, will participate in an expert panel on huddle room trends.

RP_Series_IFPs

BenQ's Interactive Flat Panel Display Takes Home Tech & Learning's TCEA Best of Show Award

BenQ, an internationally renowned provider of visual display solutions, announced today that its latest interactive flat panel (IFP) display for education, the RP7501K, received the prestigious Tech & Learning Best of Show Award at the TCEA conference in San Antonio. Tech & Learning's TCEA 2019 Best of Show Awards celebrated the products and services exhibited at the expo that demonstrate great promise, according to the country's most tech-savvy educators.

InSync-FrameFormerScreenshot

InSync Technology at the 2019 NAB Show

At the 2019 NAB Show, InSync will announce availability of the new FrameFormer plug-in for Adobe Premiere Pro for macOS. This addition to the range provides further flexibility and options for deploying FrameFormer.