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AWS Joins the Academy Software Foundation

Filmmaking is evolving at an incredible pace. The content created for features, episodics, and beyond is becoming increasingly complex. Sophisticated visual effects and animation tools have been used to realize the director’s vision at a level never been seen before, from replacing entire greenscreen backlots with stunning vistas or CG cityscapes, to waging epic superhero […]

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AWS at SIGGRAPH 2019

At SIGGRAPH 2019, booth #1203, AWS Thinkbox will highlight a complete studio in the cloud workflow, including rendering, virtual workstation, and storage solutions that help creative studios iterate faster and take on more projects. SIGGRAPH is the premier event for computer graphics artists and professionals, drawing more than 16,000 attendees from around the world. With […]

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Milk VFX: Getting the Drift of Cloud

This article originally appeared in FEED Magazine, Issue 10. It’s a truism that filmmaking and water don’t mix. The malfunctioning mechanical shark on Jaws, the aquatic heart of darkness that was James Cameron’s The Abyss, or the now legendary nightmare of Waterworld – if you’re shooting on or around water, you’re asking for it. Luckily, we […]

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AWS Supercharges Conductor's Render Scalability

Amazon Web Services (AWS) Supercharges Conductor’s Render Scalability

Authored by Chris Bond – Founder, Thinkbox Software and Director Product Management, EC2 Artists and technologists working to create compelling content for visual effects (VFX) and animation projects are exploring cloud-based rendering if it isn’t already part of their workflow. Conductor is a secure, cloud-based service that studios can leverage to offload rendering and simulation […]

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AWS for Visual Effects Explained

Visual effects (VFX) help drive storytelling, whether through eye-catching intergalactic showdowns or subtle CGI that transports modern viewers to bygone eras and locations. VFX artists pour countless hours into crafting and perfecting shots, often iterating on data-heavy files up until the last minute before final export. Cloud-based technology removes many of the traditional physical and […]

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eBook | Accelerate your media workflows using AWS solutions

Today’s media and entertainment (M&E) audiences want to access content anywhere at any time. They want choice regarding the format and on what device they consume media. And they expect personalization—to see only the content and advertisements that are most relevant to them. This eBook examines the one-click deployment solutions available from Amazon Web Services […]

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New Case Study: Mikros Animation

Mikros, a visual-effects and animation studio owned by Technicolor, has been producing animations for films and television shows for more than 30 years. As Mikros prepared to work on a new film, Sherlock Gnomes, it realized it needed more compute capacity than it could get from its on-premises IT environment used for rendering—the process of […]

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This is My Architecture: TV Globo Rendering VFX at Scale with Thinkbox Deadline

In this episode of This Is My Architecture (in Portuguese with English subtitles), Thiago Abreu (Project Manager) explains how TV Globo architected a hybrid rendering solution with AWS. Using AWS Thinkbox Deadline, TV Globo can now scale their rendering workload in an elastic and cost-effective way using Amazon EC2 Spot instances. The near-limitless compute capacity […]

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New From the Compute Blog: Building a GPU workstation for visual effects with AWS

The elasticity, scalability, and cost effectiveness of the cloud value proposition is attractive to media customers. One of the key design patterns in media and entertainment (M&E) workloads is using the cloud as a content lake and bringing the underlying processes closer without having to synchronize data. In this high-end graphics visualization business, a pixel-perfect, […]

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