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Hey guys!

 

Mike here from GarageFarm.NET render farm. Just wanted to give a heads up to those of you that might need some rendering power for your heavy renders - stills or animations. 

 

We fully support Cinema 4D now and all its renderers. We also have a bunch of plugins that come with it. You can read more about it and even get $50 when register here https://garagefarm.net/en/cinema-4d-render-farm/

 

Here's a short video showing how our plugin works

 

 

 

 

 

 

I can also answer any of your questions here about our render farm or the process. 

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Hi guys!
 
Since last update we were really busy bees and we’ve just released v43 plugin for Cinema4D :)

 

This version is a very big update.


We added many fixes and introduced new features: 

 

New features:
- New plugin UI with a lot of additional options.
- Plugin modes are now separated for Animation, Tiles, and Takes.
- With Animation mode, you can now render multiple cameras.


Every camera has separated frame range and rendering step. Also, each camera is rendered as a separated job on our farm and has its own output path and folder for renders.


- With Tiles mode, you can now render high-resolution single frame still shots. This mode should be used only in scenes without any animation!

 

- NEW takes support system. We worked hard on this one, and I think we are the only farm which has such flexible tools for C4D takes now.


- With Takes mode, you can now render an animated scene using takes render system. The plugin reads all takes setups and just forwards them to the plugin’s UI and then to our farm.
- You can also turn on and off any take. Our plugin will render cameras with render settings from each take.
- The takes system in our plugin now has two modes for "Export settings":


"Global" (for the whole scene) – will export single scene with selected takes. Current render settings and camera marked as renderable will be applied as proper for rendering.
"Per take" (different render settings for each take) – will export multiple scenes. Each take will be exported as a separated scene with the camera and render settings inherited from your takes system setup. 

 

C4D Anima
- Major updates to support of C4D scenes using Anima plugin.
- Auto baking of anima projects from C4D upon upload.
- Aniprojects are now loaded and linked as .anipack.
- Purchased assets will now be included in .anipack.

 

Fixes:
- We blocked non-renderable high-resolution formats (resolution 65k and higher).
- We fixed an issue with custom C4D installation paths.
- Physical render with tiled camera mode is now blocked (it's not supported in C4D).
- Protection tag on camera object is now automatically deleted when using "Tiled" mode.
- We fixed renderBeamer auto-startup on OSX.
- We improved caching checker for C4D tags - now all mograph, dynamics, and cloth tags are checked for a missing cache. When uploading with the plugin, you can select to skip caching.
- We added a blocker for GPU based render engines. For GPU based rendering, please contact us - we support it with a different workflow.

 

If you haven't tried us yet, you can register on this page and get free $50 for tests:   https://garagefarm.net/cinema-4d-render-farm/

 

If you have questions about our workflow, prices and supported applications, we are online 24/7 on our live chat, so don't hesitate to give us a shout :)

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Hey guys :) 

 

Interested in expanding to science and medicine clientele? Watch our free live stream interview with professional medical illustrator and animator, Emily McDougall on Friday, June 8th at 6 pm BST.

 

Medical animation and visualization are expected to balloon into a $301.3 million market by 2021 and more artists should carve their niche in this industry as early as possible. These specialized artists work closely with scientists and medical experts to create art for web, journals, film and television, mobile, and other media.

 

Here’s what you’ll learn based on Emily’s Experience:

- What does it take to be a medical illustrator and animator?
- Software insights for medical illustration and animation
- A personal perspective on Emily’s workflow as a professional medical artist
- And more

 

ABOUT Emily McDougall
Professional medical illustrator and animator living in Edinburgh, member of the Institute of Medical Illustrators (IMI), BIOMAB (Biological and Medical Art Belgium) and a registered medical illustration practitioner with CAMIP (Committee for the Accreditation of Medical Illustration Practitioners).

 

Here is a link to our Facebook event ( stream ):

https://www.facebook.com/events/670679546596401/

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Hi guys!

 

Since our last plugin update, we have released several new versions and added quite a lot of new features and improvements.

 

General C4D:

 

-    We added support for clipping planes in ‘Tiled’ rendering mode of our plugin ( rendering high resolution still images .)
-    Our farm supports HDRI Studio Rig assets.
-    We introduced Cost calculator addon to the plugin’s shelf.

 

Corona:

 

- We blocked limitless (endless ) render settings for Corona.
- We added support for customer’s LUTs.
- We added prompt for ‘Calculate from scratch’ UHD Cache mode – in case of animation, our system can render your UHD cache `from scratch` for every frame independently, or with your own pre-calculated UHD cache, linked in “Load from file’ mode. Automatic ‘baking’ of UHD Cache for the whole sequence is not supported on our farm right now. 
- For still images rendered in ‘Tiled mode,’ we support automatic baking of UHD cache on our end to avoid visible seams on parts rendered on multiple computers.


V-Ray:


- We blocked FOV override switch and nonstandard V-Ray camera usage in our plugin’s  ‘Tiled mode’


XYZ Anima plugin:

 

- We fixed several issues with rendering with Anima and improved efficiency of rendering with this plugin on our farm. When it comes to Anima, we are in close contact with the developers and add new bug fixes and features soon after they are implemented by AXYZ. 

 

Fixes:

 

- We fixed support for special characters in camera names. Now all untypical camera name signs are changed to ‘_’
- Plugin logs are now created per camera/take.
- We fixed an issue with scene renaming and added warning prompt for using render region with ‘Tiled’ rendering mode.
- We fixed an issue with not copied main camera settings to the tiled camera (DOF – focus distance ). Now all parameters from the base camera are copied to the tiled camera object.
- We have hidden takes options of our plugin for C4D versions below R17.032.


If you have any questions or doubts I will be happy to answer them here.

 

You can also talk with us on our live chat – we are online 24/7. 

 

If you haven't tried us yet, you can register on this page and get free $50 for tests:   https://garagefarm.net/cinema-4d-render-farm/

 

Happy Rendering!

 

_Bob
 

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Hi guys

 

Very good news!

 

We upgraded our GreyScaleGorilla tools and now we support the GSG complete suite with all the latest versions.

 

Everything works automatically when submitting a Cinema 4D project. 


Here's what's in the pack:

 

- GSG City Kit v1.21
- GorillaCam v1.01
- Gorilla GradeLUTs
- HDRI Link 
- HDRI Packs: Studio Basics, Pro Studios, Commercial Locations, European Holiday, Road Trip, Paradise, Pro Studios Metal, Ultimate Skies 4k, Ultimate Skies 12k 
- HDRI Studio Rig: HDRI Browser 2.156, HDRI Studio Rig 2.148<br>
- Light Kit Pro 3.0 Suite
- Signal v1.521
- Texture Kit Pro 3.0
- Topcoat v1.509
- Transform v1.232s

 

Here is a link with more information about GreatScaleGorilla Complete suite

 

If you have any questions or doubts I will be happy to answer them. You can also talk with us on our live chat – we are online 24/7.

 

If you haven’t checked us yet you can register with $50 free credits for tests from this webpage: https://garagefarm.net/cinema-4d-render-farm/

 

Happy Rendering!

_Bob

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Hi guys!

 

Since our last plugin update, we have released several new versions and added quite a lot of new features and improvements.

 

General  C4D:

 

- We added support for symlink workflow. This is a big update. The new assets relinking workflow significantly speeds up the project preparation for rendering multiple cameras and scene versions. The assets are copied to the upload package only after checking if the they are already present on farm’s end.

- We introduced output path length checking procedure (output paths longer than 250 characters are not supported)

- We introduced camera renaming procedure - that feature resolved the problem with scenes which didn’t have any camera selected for rendering 

- We rebuilt the method for copying GI caches from a custom location\path.

- Our plugin’s Tiled Camera rendering mode is now hidden in C4D R20 and newer versions (it's not compatible with R20 new scripts workflow). We are now working on a new procedure for rendering high-resolution images for all C4D versions - it will be introduced in the next version of the plugin.

- We improved handling of pre-cached GI maps

 

Corona:

 

- Added Corona version in farm’s settings file uploaded with the scene. This is a preparation for automatic system of rendering Corona scenes on the version used in the scene. Coming soon :)

 

V-Ray:

 

- We improved V-Ray and Anima version reading – our rendering system automatically sets up rendering on the V-Ray and Anima version used in your scene.

- We fixed an issue with checking procedures for V-Ray sampling limits when a different engine is used in the scene

 

FIixes:

 

- We fixed plugin crashes when a scene didn't contain and renderable camera.

- We fixed an issue with copying camera focus distance in our plugin’s Tiled Camera rendering mode.

- We fixed frame range display in the plugin’s GUI.

- We Fixed an issue with copying GI from the engine which is not used in the scene

 

If you have any questions or doubts I will be happy to answer them. You can also talk with us on our live chat – we are online 24/7.

 

 

Happy Rendering!

_Bob

 

 

 

 

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Hi guys!


Since our last plugin update, we have released several new versions and added quite a lot of new features and improvements.

 

General C4D \ New features:


-    We added support for X-Particles caches
-    We improved asset checking & relinking procedures - now our plugin checks also for missing / unlinked assets inside browser/lib4d collections.  ( the procedure is done via Picture Viewer, so during plugin work, PViewer can appear for a moment.)

-    Our plugin uses a temporary folder when preparing the scene for rendering on the farm - Now you can select the location of this folder 
-    We improved the handling of TurbulenceFD caches. Now our plugin will checks scenes for TurbulenceFD structure caches, and will show a prompt about relinking procedures required on the farm's side if any are found.

-    We improved checking procedures for non-Latin characters - now our C4D plugin checks assets names, camera names, output names, and caches for any non-Latin characters. Also, it supports spaces in asset names.

 

V-Ray:


-    We added support for texture sequences in V-Ray (HDRI Area/Dome light)
 

Anima: 


-    We upgraded the workflow of extracting .anipack files on multiple nodes on the farm.
-    We added support for Anima for R20. 

 

Fixes:

 

- We fixed the issue with V-Ray version being not read correctly (3.7+)
- We fixed the issue with C4D freezing during our plugin's assets relinking phase.
- Supported output path character length has been reduced to 200 characters due to Windows limitations
- We fixed issues with some non-Latin characters ( Korean, Swedish and Spanish )

 

GPU Rendering

 

We have been supporting GPU rendering for quite some time with our powerful servers rented for the time of usage. After the latest update, you can work on them yourself, with the new GUI we introduced. You can check it here: Xesktop

 

If you have any questions or doubts I will be happy to answer them. For instant reply you can also talk with us on our live chat – we are online 24/7. :)

 

Happy Rendering!

_Bob

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Hi guys!

 

Since our last plugin update, we have released several new versions and added quite a lot of new features and improvements.

 

General C4D \ New features

  • So far it was necessary to download and install a separate installer for every 3d application we support. We reworked our tools, so now it’s enough to install our Renderbeamer standalone application, and you can install and update the plugins for all the software we support straight from Renderbeamer
  • We added support for 5-digit frame ranges
  • We have improved support for RealFlow caches (meshes/rpc)

If you haven’t checked our C4D rendering yet, you can register HERE with USD 50 free credits for tests.

 

GPU rendering

 

We rent powerful GPU servers with a connection via Remote Desktop. The service is called Xesktop, and we offer it as a separate brand, but it's powered by GarageFarm.NET with the same 24/7 support.

 

You’ll need to install your software and use your own licenses as we are not allowed to rent them out. Your system will be saved and stored intact after the initial setup and ready to use any time.

 

GPU servers specs:

 

CPU: 2x Intel Xeon CPU E5-2620 v4 @ 2.10 GHz

RAM: 128 GB

GPU: 10 x NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 11GB

NVIDIA CUDA Cores: 10 x 3584

OctaneBench 4.00 score: 2075

 

New features:

- You can see a preview of power usage from the servers managing board so you don't have to log in to check if your rendering finished

- You can see the size of your servers virtual system image ( the smaller it is the better performance of the server )

You can check a cost estimate for your scene rendering with our GPU cost calculator  

 

You can register a Xesktop account here HERE or if you have an existing GarageFarm.NET account please use it to log in to Xesktop.

 

After Effects rendering

 

- We support After Effects rendering with our v5 plugin for After effects. Right after finishing the rendering of your scene and adding postproduction in AE, you can upload your After Effects project and render your final video on our farm. Of course you can use the plugin with any AE project you want to render, not only rendered on our farm.

 

- We support the whole Red Giant plugins suite ( only the CPU plugins will render on our network – for more information please ask us on our live Webchat

 

If you have any questions or doubts, I will be happy to answer you here. You can also use live Webchat on our website, where you will get an immediate response. We are online 24/7.

 

Happy Rendering!

 

BobGF

 

 

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Hi guys!


We have very good news for you from GarageFarm.NET


We have been working hard last several months and put together lots of powerful tools for our users. Here are some of them:

 

1. We support C4D up to R21, Corona up to 4.2 and V-Ray up to 3.70.05

 

2. We increased node limits on all priorities: Now you can get more rendering power for the same price. 


HIGH priority - increased from 80 to 150 nodes, with up to 240 GB RAM nodes. If you hurry and we have free nodes, you can ask us to allocate even more nodes to

High priority jobs. 
MEDIUM priority - increased from 40 to 75 nodes, with up to 240 RAM nodes
LOW priority - increased from 10 to 50 nodes, with a restriction of total 50 nodes for all your jobs on Low. ( Medium and High priorities don't have such a limitation.)

 

- The default priority has been changed from High to Medium. Also, most recently selected priority is remembered for every new scene

 

3.  We added new cool features to our Web Manager:

 

- We added support for custom scripts. Your scripts can be executed from the "Advanced settings" menu before rendering. Scripts are executed "per-job". Users need to contact with our support team to add custom scripts (we are online on chat 24/7)

 

- We added "job node limit" option to job submit and edit window - if you want you can limit the number of nodes allocated to your job ( for example for test purposes, or to distribute your nodes on Low priority in the way you want )

 

- We added a new exciting feature for your renderings - Real-time Progress!


The rendering Progress Tab opens/hides from the right side of the main Job panel window.  To view the current render progress, just select one of the rendering jobs in the Jobs panel and unhide the progress panel. 


Render Progress Tab is divided into three sections:


new_progress_window3.thumb.png.825cbf80263f6386fbbcc6e2dc3e900a.png1) Active frames - it is visible when a job is rendering and it shows all the currently rendering frames. You can check in real time the progress of rendering of every frame, comparison to rendering time of the previous frame on the same node, and CPU and RAM usage. That gives a lot of control over the rendering process and you can react accordingly to the situation. 

- Web Manager also gives the average render time per frame based on the frames rendered so far for the given job

 

 

 

 

 

2) Done frames - this section shows the frames that are finished - the time and cost of rendering of every frame

 

 

3) Process results - you can view the real time render log for active frames or check the saved render log for finished frames.


Please note that it's still an early version and that we'll be continuously working on making it better. Tell us what you think!
 

4. We added new cool features to our renderBeamer 

 

- We introduced a new feature - auto-submit! - Now your scenes can be automatically added to rendering without using job submission procedure

 In normal workflow you need to set the job in submit window after upload to add it to the queue. It has many cool options, but in case you want to render 20 cameras from the scene the process gets tedious.  With auto-submit you just upload the jobs to the farm and they are automatically added to the queue with default options. 

- We added tray notification after job auto-submit  - Information popup after switching on auto-submit in settings

 

- We Increased download speed for single files by using multiple connections - Good news for users rendering high resolution still images. Now stills download much faster.

 

- The main window can now be maximised and resized - No Tetris yet, but it's on the list 😉

 

- renderBeamer uninstaller removes all connected files now (plugins, scripts and other installation files ) - 100% clean uninstallation

 

- We added a new payment method at GaregeFarm.NET - Google Pay  
 

- We added Plugin installation window which shows up after the first login to renderBeamer - it shortly explains the options of the uploader. 

 

- If you experience problems with network connection or the plugin's installation fails, you can use “offline mode” switch in renderBeamer settings - This option allows you to install the plugin even if you are offline, prepare the scene with the plugin and then upload it with FTP ( for example if your company IT rules are blocking renderBeamer.) You can even copy a project to a different computer and upload it with FTP and add it to the queue. 
 

if you haven't checked us yet you can register with USD 50 free test credits on this page:

 

As usual you can talk to our render wranglers 24/7 on our live Web chat

 

Happy rendering!

 

Bob

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