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    Online Render Farm Recommendations Please

    We're coming up on some heavy rendering, and looking to farm it out - we used ResPower some years ago, and we're pleased, and it looks now like they operate a day pass system - the only thing I'm uncertain about is how those days operate, because it seems you are at the mercy of whatever else is happening on the farm. That's not a criticism, just an observation - just trying to figure out how to go about it and who to use.

    Would appreciate any ideas and recommendations.

    Thanks.

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    Without a doubt, www.garagefarm.net
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    +1 for garagefarm.net. The only caveat being that they don't have a self-service interface, so you have to contact them via Skype, upload your stuff and let them do the test renders and start the renders manually. Most of the time that's fine, but I did have a problem where I didn't get served as quickly as I'd have liked. They have a few people working and they don't all specialize in LW, and people need to sleep. That said, they are BY FAR the most affordable service out there, and they support the latest version of LW when it's released while most other farms lag way behind... at least as listed in their website front end.

    I too have used respower in the past. I think they were trying to upgrade their system last year, but the last time I used them, their system specs weren't very good (i.e. 2GB of RAM on the nodes, etc) Again, that's probably been addressed by now, I hope.

    I've also used RenderTitan when I had a coupon for them. I was satisfied with their service. That was another self-service system.

    http://www.rebusfarm.net/en/ also looked interesting, but I have no experience (nor have I heard of other's experiences) with them.
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    I jump in since I also have questions about renderfarm services and no experience so far since until now it was more flexible and affordable to rent some computers to boost my inhouse farm.
    But this time I have to consider things differently, so is it the right solution for really huge projects (hours of animation, terabytes of rendered frames) ?
    Please, let me know if you have had this kind of experience.
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    Thanks for the recommendations - garagefarm.net certainly look like a contender. ResPower now offer day passes - whatever gets uploaded in that 24hrs, gets finished, even beyond that day - as ever, paying for priority is the thing, if needed, though we are trying to balance the cost with getting it done. Estimates worry us: ten years ago, we did this with ResPower - an $80 estimate turned into a $400 render session, which is why we are keen to be clear about all this - ResPower were extremely helpful, incredibly so, as the guys phoned me in the UK to get set up and work through it. That is definite service and care, and appreciated ... but we are not wealthy people, for all that That said, they are still advertising only LW 9.x to 10.1, but we're working with 11.6.1, and some of its newer features, so that's making me wonder. I'll check, obviously.

    Whatever we do, I'll post back so others can know.

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    +1 garagefarm ...

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    I have used ranchcomputing and rebusfarm in the past but the problem is always in the version supported and plugins. (I have not used garagefarm)

    Nowadays, I set up my own render farm on Amazon EC2 using Amletto. Much more controllable and in theory, infinitely scalable.

    It is quite easy to set up. I wrote some notes about it earlier if you are interested. http://rendergeek.com/setting-up-ama...for-lightwave/

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    Well, it seems garagefarm.net have a decent following

    Don't know anything about Amletto and Amazon EC2 - I know of Amletto, but never used it - I'll take a look at your notes sukardi - thanks.

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    hello,

    Thx guys for good words, we are trying hard to have best support.

    Amazon might give you best flexibility indeed, but the price is few times(!) higher. Here software is (almost ) always up to date, and we will do custom LW build for you if you will ask, not a problem.

    We have automation in progress, early beta next week.

    We will offer creation your own farm with Amazon like interface within 6 months tops, and with GarageFarm.NET pricing.^^
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    Thanks Tomek - good to know that - I imagine we will be rendering with you shortly ... I doubt I could handle the guilt trip if we didn't after all these good recommendations, and your post, and the immediate support email I got back from someone yesterday

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    Any uses China's FoxRender ?

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    www.garagefarm.net

    I tried two times in the past. They are very kind and make themselves available for every question. Moreover, they know the system you are using (Lightwave in my case) and they could give you good advice to you.

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    I use http://www.rendercore.com and they have been great. You can upload your scenes and get them started right from your own computer.

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    We finally put a render onto GarageFarm.NET, just a small one to start that was needed urgently so the client could use a review version of a movie in a lecture. Very pleased indeed - brilliant service.

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