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  1. #31
    Hi guys

    A little update from our team:

    NEW FEATURES

    - We added support for LW 2019.0.1/0.2/0.3
    - Our plugin uses a temporary folder when preparing the scene for rendering on the farm - Now you can select the location of this folder

    FIXES

    - Fixed output issue with LightWave 2019 scene rendered on the 2018 version

    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 in doubt, I will be happy to answer you here.

    You can also use the live chat on our website, where you will get an immediate response. We are online 24/7.
    Last edited by Pete_GF; 05-02-2019 at 06:39 PM.
    Cheers

    Peter
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  2. #32
    Hi guys!

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

    General Lightwave \ 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 beamer

    - We added support for LightWave 3D 2019.1

    If you haven’t checked our Lightwave 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!

    Pete
    Cheers

    Peter
    GarageFarm.NET The Cheapest Render Farm - 20,000 cores and growing!
    Xesktop - Powerful GPU servers for rental

  3. #33
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    Peter,

    I've gotten so tired of supporting a render farm at home. I just don't have the time or energy to be my own IT guy anymore. Plus...this summer has been too darn HOT to run a farm at home.

    Thanks for posting info about the free credits. I'll sign up and give your service a try soon!

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    Plus...this summer has been too darn HOT to run a farm at home.
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  5. #35
    Hi,

    Does GPU calculator not work if i'm not registered/logeed in?

    I tried from Firefox and from Chrome (without registration) and after i type in my OBScore 1000, rendertime 0h 10 min, 2500 frames i get nothing, after calculate button the page just resets itself back to defaults every time ?

    P.S. and from Internet explorer WEB don't even work, you can't type any numbers into fields.
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  6. #36
    Hey guys, I'm sorry I answer so late.

    Greenlaw - I'm happy you want to try us. If you have any questions or something doesn't work properly, we are online on our web chat 24\7.

    Lewis - I checked from Chrome and everything works fine. Maybe you had the bad luck of trying the calculator during some maintenance work on our servers. Does it still happen to you?
    Cheers

    Peter
    GarageFarm.NET The Cheapest Render Farm - 20,000 cores and growing!
    Xesktop - Powerful GPU servers for rental

  7. #37
    Quote Originally Posted by Pete_GF View Post
    Hey guys, I'm sorry I answer so late.

    Greenlaw - I'm happy you want to try us. If you have any questions or something doesn't work properly, we are online on our web chat 24\7.

    Lewis - I checked from Chrome and everything works fine. Maybe you had the bad luck of trying the calculator during some maintenance work on our servers. Does it still happen to you?
    Currently i can't even find GPU calculator ?

    Also some text seems to be cut off by those buttons on right side.

    Here is the current screengrab:
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  8. #38
    Hi Lewis

    You checked the wrong website. this one is GarageFarm.NET, GPU rendering is a separate service ( with the same support team though ). Here is a link to the website: https://www.xesktop.com/

    You can check the GPU calculator in price>GPU calculator.

    If something like that happens, please ask on our webchat. We are online 24/7 and answer immediately. What net browser are you using?
    Last edited by Pete_GF; 11-23-2019 at 03:33 PM.
    Cheers

    Peter
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    Xesktop - Powerful GPU servers for rental

  9. #39
    Hi guys!

    We have very good news for you from GarageFarm.NET

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


    1. Our support for Lightwave:

    - We added support for Lightwave up to 2019.1.4


    2. New farm features:

    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: (Jobs management tool)

    - 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!

    Render Progress Tab is divided into three sections:

    1) 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.

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

    Below you can find a small preview of the new Web Manager feature.





    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. (our uploader\downloader)

    - We introduced a new feature - auto-submit! - Now your scenes can be automatically added to rendering without using the job submission procedure. In a 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 maximized 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 GarageFarm.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 $50 free test credits HERE

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

    Happy Rendering!

    Pete
    Last edited by Pete_GF; 11-23-2019 at 04:39 PM.
    Cheers

    Peter
    GarageFarm.NET The Cheapest Render Farm - 20,000 cores and growing!
    Xesktop - Powerful GPU servers for rental

  10. #40
    Hi guys!

    Peter here from GarageFarm.NET

    We never stop upgrading our tools. You can watch our new tools overview in this video:



    And here is a list of new features which we added on the last several months:

    1. Our support for Lightwave:

    - We added support for Lightwave up to 2019.1.5
    - We improved our support for .pfx assets (caches)
    - We fixed an issue with copying image sequences
    - We fixed issues with not uploaded assets (due spaces or special characters used in file names).
    - We added TurbulenceFD to all supported LightWave3D 2019 versions (2019-2019.1.5)

    2. New features in Web Manager (jobs management tool):

    - We added support for starting downloads directly from Web Manager

    Selected download will be automatically redirected from Web Manager to renderBeamer downloads tab.



    - We added a new feature - frame preview! To use it, just double click on one of your frames or any image texture in the file browser (left section in the Projects panel) or use "Image Preview" under RMB



    - We added copy job path option (available under RMB on the selected job in Web Manager)

    - We added the resolution aspect ratio lock in the job submission window

    - We added the "End time" column in the jobs table
    - We added Job node limit in the job submission window

    3. New features in renderBeamer (upload\download tool):

    Download:

    - We added an option to download only specific files
    - We added an option to cancel downloading of a single file, an option of sorting downloads by column and added date column in the downloads tab
    - We added a button (folder icon) to open downloads directories

    Upload:

    - The finished uploads will now remain on the upload list
    - We expanded the auto-submit feature.



    Users can set default priority and render nodes groups for auto-submit jobs.

    Quality of life updates :

    - We added option to launch renderBeamer on every system startup (Windows, Mac)
    - We added option to choose action on renderBeamer window close (minimize to tray or close application
    - Multiple plugins can now be downloaded and installed in parallel at the same time

    Fixes:

    - We handled Icon\r system file on OSX causing uploads to fail, this file will be omitted now
    - We fixed logging into chat without "remember me" option

    This is a minimal version to get all new features supported! We strongly recommend to uninstall the current version and download the new installer from WebManager

    If you haven’t checked us yet you can register with $50 free test credits HERE

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

    Happy Rendering!
    Last edited by Pete_GF; 03-25-2020 at 04:31 PM.
    Cheers

    Peter
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    That's great to hear!

    Sorry, I keep putting off trying out GarageFarm. Since many of us are now stuck at home all day, maybe it's time I give it a try.

    To be honest, I'm so sick of managing my tiny render farm here at home...it consumes so much precious time that I could be spending animating.

    Thanks for continuing to support LightWave and improving that support!

  12. #42
    Hi Greenlaw.

    Yes, I think this is a good time to check us out. We have been working remotely from the start (it's around 10 years now!) so the service works the same as always.

    With free registration credits you can test all the features and decide if you would like to use us in production. Don't forget to let us know on our chat if you have any questions or problems with the service. We are online 24\7.
    Cheers

    Peter
    GarageFarm.NET The Cheapest Render Farm - 20,000 cores and growing!
    Xesktop - Powerful GPU servers for rental

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    We've been using GF A LOT lately and it's yet to let us down. They continue to make UI/UX improvements and it's been great. Someone always responds whenever we need an assist.

  14. #44
    Thank you for kind works Devin

    I have several updates more:

    1.After Effects plugin update v8

    We have completely rebuilt our plugin for After Effects and solved menu issues that were present in previous versions.

    We improved the way our rendering system handles fonts:
    - We expanded support for fonts operations & macOS dedicated fonts formats - TTC/TTF
    - All used fonts with the macOS-friendly system are collected and converted to Windows-friendly format – OTF. The original project fonts are automatically replaced by the converted OTF version. Converted fonts are uploaded to our servers, and auto-deployed on render nodes before the rendering process starts. We are not storing, using or selling any of the original user fonts - all customer’s and converted fonts are deleted from render nodes after completed rendering.

    New features and changes:
    - We expanded support for Cineware assets (.c4d objects)
    - All objects are relinked & uploaded now
    - The output file name (in Web Manager) is based on selected composition name now
    - Now the plugin should be started directly from the "Edit" menu in AE - not "File > Scripts" like before

    Fixes:
    - We fixed issues with “dot” sign in a project name and output path
    - We fixed an issue with the plugin not being able to work with an external drive & temp directory
    - Other under the hood improvements & fixes (relinking & uploading assets, plugin installation issues, plugin startup issues)

    2. Xekstop GPU rendering update

    - We added two more V100 servers. Now we have two server types to rent.

    GPU servers specs:

    Server 1 specs:
    10x GTX 1080Ti 11GB vRAM
    CPU: 2x Intel E5-2620 @ 2.00 GHz
    RAM: 64-256 GB
    OctaneBench: 2,093
    Type: cost effective

    Server 2 specs:
    8x Tesla V100 16GB vRAM
    CPU: 2x Intel E5-2620 @ 2.00 GHz
    RAM: 64 GB
    OctaneBench: 2,970
    Type: powerful

    3. April 2020 promo

    Times are tough for all of us. We’d like to make the adjustment to this unexpected life a little easier for you.

    We’re giving extra 10% credits on top of each purchase made until the end of April 2020. The extra credits add up with the ones you get as a volume discount.



    As always, you can ask any question on our 24\7 Web-chat and get a response in real-time. �� You can register an account HERE and get free $50 for testing our service.

    Our team is working fully remotely and is doing well. We hope you are too. Stay at home and stay safe!

    Happy rendering!

    Andrew
    Last edited by Pete_GF; 04-07-2020 at 04:50 PM.
    Cheers

    Peter
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  15. #45
    Quote Originally Posted by Greenlaw View Post
    That's great to hear!

    Sorry, I keep putting off trying out GarageFarm. Since many of us are now stuck at home all day, maybe it's time I give it a try.

    To be honest, I'm so sick of managing my tiny render farm here at home...it consumes so much precious time that I could be spending animating.

    Thanks for continuing to support LightWave and improving that support!


    Hey Dennis,... I've been using Garage Farm for a while now on personal and commercial projects, I don't usually go out of my way to hype up anyone, but they've been great. Even when I had a problem with the plugin at one point, they worked a manual installation of an alpha version to get things working and get me over the hump... always been solid. So just giving you a little support on your consideration there

    Steve.

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