Thu 20th Jun 2013 | News
The ZYNC cloud rendering and storage platform company has announced their public availability to users worldwide. With over three years of development and pre-release usage by numerous studios totaling over 6.5 million core render hours, ZYNC offers on-demand access to computing resources and software licenses with simple pay-as-you-go hourly pricing. ZYNC’s software and Maya and Nuke plug-ins handles all file management to and from users host applications for a seamless experience for the artist submitting renders.
With ZYNC, users are able to launch render nodes as required, from a single machine, up to several hundred instances on-demand. ZYNC‘s infrastructure is hosted via Amazon Web Services platform, which has been awarded a “Best Practices” rating for MPAA security standards.
The public launch is coming off the heels of 2 major projects successes; mostly recently it was used by client Atomic Fiction to render over 100 complex visual effects shots for Paramount Pictures’ Star Trek Into Darkness, while in March ZYNC was used by Neither-Field’s Scott Pagano to render over 15 minutes of large format 3D imagery under tight deadlines for the 2013 GDC Concert in San Francisco headlined by Skrillex.
Key to this platform migration to the cloud, ZYNC has established partnerships with many of the top visual effects software vendors and are supporting rendering from The Foundry’s NUKE, Chaos Group’s VRay and Mental Ray from NVIDIA. “The Foundry is excited to partner with ZYNC as they break new ground in cloud rendering for the VFX industry,” stated Simon Robinson, Chief Scientist and Co-Founder at The Foundry. “We have a commitment to providing our customers with solid tools that enhance their pipeline and believe that making ZYNC's innovative technology easily accessible to NUKE users will prove very valuable.”
ZYNC CEO Brian Drewes comments, “Our commercial launch and the incredible rendering power now available to all users is what we envisioned when ZYNC was originally developed as an in house tool. With the ongoing changes in the visual effects industry, the ability to render-on-demand without the massive upfront capital investment that a local renderfarm requires provides a much more flexible solution for today’s global, distributed workforce.”
Users are able to visit www.zyncrender.com and sign up with credit card and immediately access these rendering resources. Pricing is available on a per machine hourly basis, as well as unlimited use monthly multi-node packages.
Founded by post-production industry veterans, ZYNC is the visual effects industry’s first completely integrated cloud-based storage and rendering platform. ZYNC’s secure pay-as-you-go service provides instant and affordable access to high volume rendering resources, normally a limiting factor in digital productions. ZYNC features a layered defense architecture that encrypts data at all points of exchange and storage while offering an extremely user-friendly interface. To date ZYNC has been used by facilities on thirteen major feature films as well as hundreds of commercial projects for a total of over 6.5 million core render hours. Supported host applications currently include NVIDIA’s Mental Ray, Chaos Group’s V-Ray and The Foundry’s NUKE.