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Nov 21, 2014 Qube! Brings Performance to Arch-Viz

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Qube! Brings Performance to Arch-Viz

John McAslan + Partners taps PipelineFX’s Qube! to add speed and efficiency to creating captivating visuals.

Los Angeles, CA — As computer graphics have grown in prominence, rendering has become a double-edged sword for architectural designers. For firms like John McAslan + Partners conquering the time-intensive side of the process has lead them to solutions like PipelineFX’s Qube!, a professional render farm manager that has brought efficiency and speed back to their real desire: captivating visuals that will win them business.

Now in its 25th year, London’s John McAslan + Partners is a highly awarded (over 90 international design awards and counting), highly creative architecture firm specializing in the type of projects most companies only dream about. With recent designs for the redeveloped King’s Cross Station, and no less than 16 projects on site in Qatar, McAslan is sitting on a system that gets projects built. Behind this pipeline, Qube! directs their images and fly-through animations through an automated system of prioritization filters and job routing.

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“We use it every day for global illumination and beauty passes,” said Luigi Mussardo, Senior 3D Animator/Technical Artist at John McAslan + Partners. “Because we need our workstations during business hours, we put Qube! to work after we leave and keep it on all night and weekend long. That power is a big reason why we don’t have to render everything in the cloud or pay others to do our animation jobs.”

McAslan + Partners saw Qube! as a chance to make sure work was always getting done, even when no one was watching. “The process of waiting for an image to render steals time that we could be using to make improvements to our work,” added Mussardo. “So if you have a system that can’t start a job again that has failed, or redirect it to a computer that’s not being used, even more time is lost. We saw Qube! as a way to get some back.”

The default render manager for 3ds Max made render farm management too expensive in both man hours and downtime. However, the process of trying to resolve some of its issues ended up a positive, as it led to a list of must-haves for what would become their solution – the top tier being stability, then artist-friendly and customizable.

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“I’m a technically minded 3D artist, but certainly not trained in programming,” continued Mussardo. “With Qube!, I was able to set the system up and then use support whenever I was unsure about my next step. They respond so quickly, it rarely feels like there is a time zone difference.”

After installation, crashes became a thing of the past at McAslan + Partners, and with Qube!’s centralized approach the team has eliminated the need to re-send huge scene files to each worker every time there was a change. In the morning, when nodes are needed as workstations, Qube!’s ability to lock out certain computers from the render farm helps artists easily decide how they want their farm to behave.

As part of their deal with PipelineFX, McAslan + Partners was also one of the first companies to utilize the new “Qube! Designer” licensing option, which drops worker prices for design firms running one render job per host to $100 a year. Created to give design teams a leg up, Qube! Designer is a fully functional version of Qube! intended for designers who primarily use Autodesk 3ds Max and/or Adobe After Effects. The former, along with Chaos Group’s V-Ray, are big mainstays at McAslan + Partners, while the latter is being worked into their Qube! job types now.

“Qube! has been solid and reliable from our very first test,” said Mussardo. “And the fact that a 3D artist can manage it by himself makes it even better. It’s perfect for designers.”

Oct 7, 2014 Passion Turns to PipelineFX Qube! for Big Ad Campaigns

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Passion Turns to PipelineFX Qube! for Big Ad Campaigns

Passion Turns to PipelineFX  Qube! for Big Ad Campaigns

Artists Rely on Qube! to Manage Renders on Spots like Nike’s Blockbuster Ad, The Last Game”

When you’re responsible for Nike’s visual message to World Cup fans, the pressure is intense. Not ready in time? Then Nike just missed their shot. For Passion, rising to the occasion meant using PipelineFX Qube! Their reward was the award-worthy hit “The Last Game” – another in a string of successes managed by the no.1 render farm manager for VFX.

With its superstar characters and incredible animations, “The Last Game” is far from an anomaly. For years, Passion has been producing commercial and film VFX for multi-million dollar campaigns. Charmin, Dove, and the BBC are clients. But behind the glamour of the big names is a production-proven system that puts render efficiency on a pedestal.

“The ability to assess what you’ve done is particularly powerful,” said Daffer Al-Faiadh, IT Manager at Passion Pictures. “With so many variables to account for when you’re managing render queues, the benefit of PipelineFX Qube! is that it can manage most of them automatically, while still offering performance charts that let you know if it’s performing to the levels we require.”

Performance graphs come standard with Qube! licenses and can show everything from farm performance to resource utilization rates. When a firm is growing rapidly like Passion was during “The Last Game” production – 150% increase in artists, 100% increase in farm capacity – it becomes increasingly important for techs to have easy routes to that data.

“Efficiency begins with automation and gets better with adjustments,” added Al-Faiadh. “Qube! plays to these needs brilliantly; it’s always working for you, routing prioritized jobs and feeding available workers so your farm has as close to zero downtime as possible.”

One of the main hurdles for other render farms is a lack of compatibility with some of the industry’s most popular tools. After 12 years in existence, Qube! has amassed a large job-type collection that makes it easier to insert into production pipelines like the ones at Passion’s London and New York offices. Project regulars like Autodesk Softimage, Autodesk Maya and The Foundry’s Nuke were covered by these job types on day one, ensuring that the integration process could move on to more complex needs.

When a complex need arose, PipelineFX’s support team worked remotely or onsite to rectify any issues. Not limited to an introductory package, this support staff is available to subscription customers indefinitely, so as the pipeline develops, so does Qube!.

“We have a lot on our plates, and the last thing we want is to be limited by our tools,” said Al-Faiadh. “Qube! helps us trust our projections, so when we say it’ll be done on time, we know we aren’t lying.”

About Qube!™ and Smart Farming™

Qube! is an intelligent, mature and highly scalable render management solution that can be quickly integrated into any production workflow, and is backed by world-class technical support. Smart Farming delivers intelligence to productions by providing business-critical insight into render pipelines, maximizing investment in rendering infrastructure and automating manual processes. Qube! works out of the box with all leading content creation applications and is truly cross-platform with all software components available on Windows®, Linux®, and Mac OS®X operating systems.

About PipelineFX

As the leading provider of intelligent render farm management solutions for digital content creation, PipelineFX provides software, support, consulting and training services worldwide. Qube! manages more than 30,000 render nodes for over 700 customers in 51 countries and is used to render film and visual effects, post production, broadcast, design, games and education media. Clients include Apple, Arc Productions, Base FX, BBC, Cinesite, Deluxe, Digital District, Dyson, Efilm, Electronic Arts, Google, HBO, Hasbro, L.M.U., Lockheed Martin, Method Studios, MPC, NBC Sports, Next Media Animation, Nvidia, NHK, NYU, Original Force, Pratt Institute, Procter & Gamble, ReelFX, South Park Studios, SVA, Target, Technicolor and many others. PipelineFX is headquartered in Honolulu, HI, and has offices in Los Angeles, London, Portland, Las Vegas, and Vancouver.

About Passion

Passion is a unique independent integrated entertainment company that tells stories in every format through every medium. With offices in London, Paris and New York, Passion has won multiple Oscars, BAFTAs, Emmys and advertising awards for its feature films, TV and commercial content.

Jun 19, 2012 PipelineFX Offers Free Qube! Artist Workshop

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PipelineFX Offers Free Qube! Artist Workshop

PipelineFX Offers FREE One-Day “Qube! Artist Workshop”  at Siggraph 2012 

PipelineFX is proud to announce the offering of a NEW training class called the “Qube! Artist Workshop.”

This ONE-DAY workshop is geared towards artists and new users of Qube! …. and the CLASS IS FREE !!!

Upon completion of the class, attendees will be:

  • more familiar with Qube! terminology and features
  • understand the Qube! model
  • understand how to Submit, Manage and Troubleshoot jobs
  • understand how to use Qube! support resources
  • have a basic familiarity with Qube!’s advanced features

The class will be held on Monday, August 6th at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Meeting Room #301A 

The workshop is free for everyone so don’t miss this great training opportunity.  Please contact michelle@pipelinefx.com to confirm your seat today!

The Details:

Qube! Artist Workshop (1-day Course)

PipelineFX also offers a one-day workshop geared toward artists and new users of Qube!. This workshop focuses on submitting, managing and troubleshooting render jobs as well as best practices for maximum render throughput.

Day 1 Session

o Qube! Architecture & Terminology
o Qube! Usage for Artists:
– Submitting, monitoring and controlling jobs
– Smart VS Basic (batch) jobtypes
– Troubleshooting jobs
o Support resources and procedures
o Q & A

August 6, 2012 – Los Angeles, CA USA (SIGGRAPH) – ** THIS CLASS IS FREE **
Class: 1-day Qube! Artist Workshop
Location: Los Angeles Convention Center Meeting Room #301A
1201 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, California 90015
Phone: (808) 685-7823
Dates: August 6 (Mon)
Start time: 9:00am
Stop time: 5:00pm
Host contact: Michelle Ray
Email: michelle@pipelinefx.com

Jul 22, 2010 Pipeline fx Announces Qube! 6.0

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PipelineFX, makers of Qube!™ – the leading render farm management software for digital media creation, announced today the availability of Qube! 6.0 with “Smart Farming” technology.

“Smart Farming” describes a system for render farm management that delivers the power of pipeline data through integrated charting and reporting, automates labor intensive render farm processes, and integrates with other digital media infrastructure packages. The concept was developed after an extensive product validation process with customers across digital media verticals in major markets around the world. Continue reading “Pipeline fx Announces Qube! 6.0″…

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