Spend less time rendering and more time creating with the most comprehensive set of cloud capabilities for content production
Faced with unprecedented audience demand for new content and growing adoption of remote production, studios use AWS content production capabilities to quickly set up remote artist workstations, editorial workflows, collaboration platforms, and rendering.
AWS provides the most comprehensive set of cloud capabilities for producing content, enabling you to spend less time managing hardware and render farms, and more time creating and collaborating using virtual workstations that run on Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) G4dn instances with NVIDIA RTX technology.
Leading Content Production customers on AWS
Untold partnered with AWS Thinkbox to embrace Studio in the Cloud and set up their new studio without any on-premises infrastructure, becoming the first creative studio born completely in the cloud.
Founded by Peter Jackson in 1993, Weta Digital is a highly respected creative force, collaborating on visual effects (VFX) for some of the highest grossing blockbusters of all time. Weta recently announced that it’s going all-in on AWS services in the cloud.
Visual effects company Method Studios works on content for all screen types - feature films for cinemas, television content and commercials for home or mobile screens, title designs and others. Their work on ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ was rendered on AWS.
Dorna Sports, exclusive rights holder to MotoGP road-racing events, used AWS and AWS Partner Grabyo for its broadcast workflow, reducing overhead and increasing broadcast output on dozens of channels.
Solutions and services
Amazon Nimble Studio
Accelerate content creation in the cloud
Amazon Nimble Studio is a service that empowers creative studios to produce visual effects, animation, and interactive content entirely in the cloud, from storyboard sketch to final deliverable. With Nimble Studio, artists can accelerate creative content output with virtual workstations, high-speed storage, and scalable rendering across AWS's global infrastructure footprint. Set up your studio in hours instead of weeks, work on more projects, and produce content faster by rapidly onboarding and collaborating with artists anywhere in the world.
AWS Edit in the Cloud
Build a virtual editing environment on AWS
This solution helps you, the content creator, to build a virtual editing environment on AWS. This allows your editors and creative professionals to work from anywhere in the world using only a laptop with a high-speed connection. Leveraging the AWS Cloud for editorial and content delivery, this solution brings collaborators together to publish content to your preferred platform using high-speed internet.
There is no upfront cost for high-priced GPU workstations on AWS and it has been tested with industry standard editing and graphics software to provide reliability and flexibility. This solution uses shared network storage, which is accessible across multi-pool editors, creating a collaboration system without the need for additional software. It is integrated with Teradici Cloud Access Software, which uses the PC-over-IP (PCoIP) protocol. PCoIP technology delivers a secure, high-definition, and highly responsive virtualized computing alternative to a local computer.
A set of solutions that help creative studios scale rendering workloads, workstations for artists and editors, and storage workloads for hybrid or full cloud pipelines.
AWS Thinkbox creates products and solutions for creative professionals whether you are working on-premises, hybrid, or completely in the cloud
- DEADLINE: Scale your creativity. Scale your studio
- KRAKATOA: Render production-grade volumetrics
- FROST: Create particle meshes faster
- SEQUOIA: Stand-Alone Application for Point Cloud Processing and Meshing
- STOKE: Simplify particle simulations
- XMESH: Increase file loading speeds for animated scene geometry
NICE DCV is a high-performance remote display protocol that provides customers with a secure way to deliver remote desktops and application streaming from any cloud or data center to any device, over varying network conditions.
With NICE DCV and Amazon EC2, customers can run graphics-intensive applications remotely on EC2 instances, and stream their user interface to simpler client machines, eliminating the need for expensive dedicated workstations. Customers across a broad range of HPC workloads use NICE DCV for their remote visualization requirements.
The NICE DCV streaming protocol is also utilized by popular services, like Amazon Appstream 2.0 and AWS RoboMaker.
Studio in the Cloud for Digital Content Creation
Learn how to set up cloud-based virtual workstations, cloud storage, and cloud rendering
This getting started series is an entry level guide for VFX and Animation studios to help you get started on AWS. These tutorials are designed for small teams who are looking for ways to scale, work remotely, and improve collaboration. In this series we’ll walk through how to set up cloud-based virtual workstations, cloud storage, and cloud rendering.
Your virtual studio can expand and contract as needed to meet the needs of production, and you will only pay for what you use. This series will get you started with fully cloud-based solution. You can customize beyond the tutorials to fit your specific production needs. You may want to take additional steps to secure your data according to your individual security compliance goals.
Visual Effects Burst Rendering Framework on AWS
Linux architecture for VFX burst rendering, using ISE recommendations and best practices
This Quick Start deploys an example Linux architecture for visual effects (VFX) burst rendering on the AWS Cloud. This architecture follows content security recommendations and best practices from Independent Security Evaluators (ISE) and AWS.
VFX studios can use this Quick Start to build an initial framework to elastically burst their render capacity on the AWS Cloud, and to automate the implementation of best practices and recommended content security controls required by major studio content owners. The Quick Start can be used by VFX studios that are new to burst rendering on AWS, or by VFX studios that are already using burst rendering on AWS and need further guidance on securing their environment.
Visual Effects Workstations on AWS
Deploy a cloud environment for VFX workstations with G3 instances and Teradici software
This Quick Start deploys a highly available environment for Microsoft Windows-based, visual effects (VFX) workstations on the AWS Cloud.
The deployment uses G3 GPU instances, which are designed for graphics-intensive workloads. Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) provides highly durable, secure, and scalable storage for VFX content. Teradici's PC-over-IP (PCoIP) technology and Teradici Cloud Access Software enable a powerful remote desktop experience, and you can set up AWS Direct Connect for low-latency network connections back to your studio.
AWS Partners for Content Production
For customers looking to accelerate time to market, the AWS Partner Network (APN) offers a diverse and deep set of content production solutions from more than 40 AWS Partners.
"Top studios bring their Maya, 3ds Max, and Arnold licenses to AWS to scale their productions and resources – wherever they may be –utilizing the power and flexibility of the cloud."
- Maurice Patel, Senior Director, Entertainment Industry Strategy, Autodesk
"Video production requires increased flexibility that cloud deployments offer – scalability and the ability to work from anywhere. EditShare and AWS provide a compelling and cost effective solution for this transition to the cloud."
- Sunil Mudholkar, VP of Product, EditShare
"Unreal Engine frees storytellers across film, television, brands, and live events to create without limits. Flexible tools and AWS put collaboration at the heart of the design process with no compromises on quality."
- Marc Petit, VP and General Manager, Unreal Engine, Epic Games
Media & Entertainment solutions from AWS Partners are also available on AWS Marketplace, a digital catalog of third-party software, services, and data that makes it easy to find, buy, deploy, and manage software on AWS.
AWS Consulting Partners help customers build customized solutions to meet their unique needs.