Hi crowdrender heads !
i didn't test the last version but what a great job ! again, beautifuly crafted and seems to work perfectly !
I have some questions/feature request (humbled one, just to know if you thought of it, or if they are in your roadmap ;) )
First of all, i use cgru afanasy when i have to setup a production ready network farm, a little harsh to deal with sometimes, but a very robust farm. When i compared it with CR (from your last video) i thought you have some really good features that it doesn't have, like the computer power repartition, cloud services, and simple (really simple) configuration, a breeze compared to it !
But CR lacks a few feature for being able to compet imho, first one being the queue !
I think it's really important to be able to just launch a "headless" render, monitor it and continue working when you are in animation production for example.
If Crowdrender had that, it could be a massive game changer about using it in company working on production !
In the same direction, is there any way of choosing gpu/cpu for a node ? I'm used to launch instances to do this, or configuring in a farm several render job manually, but it's a good way to improve render speed on animation jobs ! I saw the customisable tile size which are a huge improvement, a big thank you for that !!! :) But with a way to add a computer twice, one gpu node, one cpu node, for example, it would be perfect !
These are just thoughts about it, not at all advice or whatever ! hope it could be helpful for developping this great addon ! again thank for your work guys !
PS : and is there a way to use cloud with private machine ? Like i'm at work and launch a render using my home computer power ? It would be awesome !
Hi, thanks for your quick and detailed answer ! great news ! happy to hear that about the queue and batch extension, and eager to try it :D
Ok, yep makes sense about the vpn, never really tried one of these that but i'll take a better look! and i'm waiting for your platform which seems to be a great way to do this !
Thansk again for your addon !
Hi there! Thanks for the generous praise :D. Ok now to your questions...
First, the render que, yes its in the pipeline, stay tuned, we have an exciting announcement about how we're going to bring this to you faster. We're planning a queuing and batching extension to crowdrender.
Second, Yes, 0.1.5 (next release already in planning) will have the ability to select which render devices you want to use, CPU/GPU, or both CPU + GPU if you have one of the newer blender builds that allows this.
Third, launching renders on machines on different networks - this is called Peer to Peer in our system and people are already using it. If you can setup a VPN connection to your office then you can basically connect to all the computers in your office once you can connect via VPN to your office from your home.
We're also planning an easy to use platform which will let you make connections between your computers, just by logging into the platform. This will make the requirement for a VPN redundant and make it simpler to get connections between networks.
Hope this answers your questions? Have i missed anything?