[Sidefx-houdini-list] mantra render farm service

Abdelkareem Abonamous anamous at gmail.com
Thu Feb 19 09:10:08 EST 2009

Yes please!

Seeing that 1. more shops are using Mantra and 2. using Mantra for  
more than just quick passes, there's a definite need. And in case  
someone from SESI is reading this, here's an idea: take amazon's  
elastic cloud, create a linux/windows image containing relevant  
versions of Mantra and Batch, and offer this as a service to small to  
medium sized companies. I know that we would love to use this option.


On Feb 19, 2009, at 4:57 AM, Mark Story wrote:

> Hi there,
> We (Digital Cinema Arts) will be opening a training center in  
> Vancouver,
> B.C. soon and as part of our teaching environment we'll be providing  
> our
> students access to a render/simulation farm, queue manager, asset
> control/version manager, shot tools, etc. and our primary render  
> engine
> will be mantra, though we'll also have 3Delight and mental ray
> eventually as well.
> So, while in the process of flushing out our business plan, the  
> question
> has arisen a few times if it makes sense to offer mantra rendering
> services to commercial/vfx clients as well.  We've always focused on
> education needs but considering the changes in the economy, and the CG
> biz in overall, maybe it makes sense to explore that market ... we're
> clearly not sure, thus I'd like to pose the question to the general
> Houdini community:
> If there was a remote rendering service offering mantra, would you  
> see a
> need for that service in your business model?
> Thanks!
> Mark
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