Deadline, the render manager of choice.

loocas | 3ds Max,opinions,software | Sunday, March 28th, 2010

Deadline® Render Manager

I’ll elaborate on this topic some more later, but I thought I’d let you know that I’ve successfully deployed, configured and tested Prime Focus’ Deadline®, the render manager of choice for duber studio. ;)


  1. Hi, I am looking for a render manager, basic to use with XSI, 3dsmax, Nuke and After Effects. I am testing a demo of Royal Render, and I am enjoying very much. Do you testing Royal Render before choose Deadline? I am don’t knoll Dead Line very well, but royal render seems work very well, with a lot of controls and integration with these software.

    Paulo C. Duarte

    Comment by Paulo Duarte — March 29, 2010 @ 04:07

  2. I used to use Royal Render at a large facility here in Prague between 2007-2009, but I personally prefer Deadline in every aspect, namely IronPython integration, which is a key part in my studio’s pipeline, so, that was an obvious choice. :) However there are more advantages and reasons why I chose Deadline about which I’ll write some more later.

    Comment by loocas — March 29, 2010 @ 10:16

  3. hi, thanks, i am testing deadline 4 trial on two nodes and have a question if you can find time to answer, that would be of great help..
    in a previous post, you have shown a diagram where your server and render nodes are connected to network

    assumptions: please correct if wrong
    1- your repository is installed on server..
    2- render nodes have client installed and slave run at startup

    1- is client / launcher installed on workstation ( where artist is working)
    2- if not, can someone submit job from workstation by installing client app plugin in max / maya from repository (server)

    hope to hear soon, just reply here, huge thanks in advance
    regards, lala

    Comment by lala — July 22, 2010 @ 09:20

  4. Hi there, lala,

    as for your questions, yes, I have Deadline repository installed on my dedicated server and all the render-nodes and workstations have the client installed.

    However, I setup the render nodes so that Deadline is running as a service, not a program. This ensures that even when nobody is logged on to a rendernode it still renders.
    But workstations only have the client installed for manual job receiving. Only during the night or when idle for more than 20 minutes etc…

    As for the client setup, it should be entirely possible to be able to submit a job via Max without the client installed. I haven’t tested it, but there doesn’t seem to be a reason why it shouldn’t work. You only need a license for the Slave app and the Monitor, not for a submitter.

    Hope this helps…

    Comment by loocas — July 22, 2010 @ 10:14

  5. exactly, thanks, very helpful, specially that service thing, too good. thanks again..

    Comment by lala — July 27, 2010 @ 06:22

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