Big Memory SolutionsKeeping Animation & VFX Artists “in the Zone”
Animation & VFX Challenges
Apps and plug-ins for bleeding-edge special effects crash frequently
IT organizations are tasked with mitigating workstation crashes and the IT pros at Chapeau Studio say they have 30 seconds to recover from a crash before an artist is “out of the zone.”
Unfortunately, the state-of-the-art for recovering from a crash involves restoring data from storage which takes minutes to hours depending on when the job was last saved.
“There’s no trying to get back into the flow. You’re right there.”
One client—Facebook—reached out to Chapeau to create the social media giant’s “Friends Day” live action films. The films used Chapeau’s dynamic compositing process to create “live” video files, which were turned into millions of personalized videos. The first deliverable was 880 million films in 35 languages.
Mark Wright, Technology Manager for Chapeau, talks more about the benefit of Memory Machine and Intel Optane persistent memory. “Let’s say an artist goes to lunch and someone needs their computer. They can use Memory Machine to take a snapshot of their work, go to lunch, and come back and Memory Machine puts them right where they left off—creatively speaking. It’s not just about opening up the scene, it’s about getting Maya back to where it was. There’s no trying to get back into the flow. You’re right there.”
Founding Partner and Creative Lead, Ben Looram talks about the business benefits. “From a business point of view, we structure our bidding to account for system crashes and other erratic production issues”. If one artist has a hard crash and there’s a network domino effect, all the artists are affected. Suddenly that crash turns into 45 minutes per artist as you bring the network back online. Plus, there’s that human factor of not being able to get back into the flow. When you’re painting frames, for instance, you’re super-focused. After a crash, it’s hard to get back into the flow state.”
Creative Artist Preservation Leveraging Optane and MemVerge Case Study
Intel® Optane™ Persistent Memory Case Study for Visual Effects
Creative Preservation Pipeline
IF Collective – Creative Preservation Pipeline. Presented by Intel.
Keeping artists in the zone: Instant crash recovery for Animation/VFX
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