NVIDIA Boosts Star Trek Pipeline for Pixomondo
Prior to adding the Quadro K4000 cards, just getting the 3ds Max viewport to open either took a long time or was altogether impossible with some of their largest scene files. With Quadro Kepler, the artists could process assets much faster and accomplish more work in a day. They could also turn on shadows in the viewport and move light sources around with real time feedback. Asset creation could be completed at a higher level of quality with less wait time and artists had more interactivity in the viewport even when working in heavy scenes. Additionally, the artists were able to work inmlarge models without turning off detail like textures and shadows, retaining more accurate previews of how a scene was taking shape ultimately resulting in a faster path to fulfilling the director’s vision for the shot.
With Quadro K4000-accelerated workstations, Pixomondo artists were able to accomplish more each day with reduced wait times and overall frustration, whereas before, making even the smallest tweaks to scenes had been a substantial undertaking. Because the scenes were so data-heavy, they had to be split into separate files to edit the various elements. If there was a lighting change, artists would have to alter the foreground first and then repeat the changes separately to the background, doubling the amount of effort and time needed to make edits. Damm tried to minimize render times by dialing back some of the detail but that often created continuity issues.
“Splitting the large scenes helps with the data volume issue but then artists have to compare renders to make sure any changes were executed across the scenes. If anything was forgotten, they’d have to go back and re-render so it wasn’t the most ideal solution,” explained Damm.
A faster workstation meant happier and more productive artists, and eliminated the need to split large scene files. Working with Quadro cards also helped mitigate machines freezing, forcing artists to idly wait around for the viewport to come back.
“Before we got these cards, I would run to the producer and scream for better machines,” Damm concluded. “It turns out our machines just needed a K4000 boost. I would even love to have more of these cards.”