Tue 31st Jul 2012 | News
Thinkbox Software announces Deadline 6.0, and Draft, a new lightweight compositing and video processing tool.
The two associated products will be unveiled at the Thinkbox Software booth (#937) at SIGGRAPH 2012.
Deadline is a Windows, Linux and Mac OSX-based render queue management solution that offers a host of options for farms of all sizes, and the flexibility to run the software on the industries widest range of platforms and rendering packages. The latest version of the popular tool enhances user performance and lays the foundation for the next generation of render management capabilities.
Key new features in Deadline 6.0 include:
- Redesigned GUI: New interface allows efficient and complete control over how data is viewed and the data is constantly live so there is almost zero refresh delay.
- Back-end Flexibility: Redesigned back-end architecture supports multiple database models for broad scalability and data security.
- Cloud Support: Integrates with third party cloud services so users can now directly control and manipulate remote slave renderers.
- Improved Cross-Platform Compatibility: Completely revised interface across all platforms enables a consistent, robust and flexible user experience across Linux, Windows and Mac OS.
Key features of Draft include:
--Prepare renders for editorial without any user intervention.
--Generates slates using metadata provided by a production management database such as Shotgun Software.
--Automatically converts renders to a variety of formats as needed.
--Resizes, composites, and converts images.
--Text annotation system that renders slates and templates for video clips.
--Supports video formats such as H.264 and MPEG4.
--Python API offers endless customization to generate tailored video assets.
"Draft lets the user streamline their workflow by saving them from having to manually create QuickTimes, thumbnails, contact sheets, or other production elements," said Chris Bond, founder of Thinkbox Software. "Whatever you render is automatically converted into formats you need or assembled as QuickTimes and information from your database can be automatically imported an artist can submit one render and get a dozen different deliverables pushed out automatically, allowing you to focus on the art."
"Performance was a major goal when we were developing Deadline 6.0," said Bond. "The Deadline 6.0 repository can now be run in the cloud which gives the users flexibility of using cloud computing resources, local machines or any combination they desire to process their tasks. The monitor operates in real time and is constantly refreshed for the most accurate view of the data both locally and from multiple physical locations. In addition to being cloud-friendly, the new back-end architecture also allows you maximum performance, reliability and security."
During SIGGRAPH, Thinkbox Software will host training sessions and demos on the show floor in booth #937.
Draft is free for clients on an active support and maintenance subscription with Deadline.