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Beijing's Base Fx Taps Qube! for Feature Workflows

500 Additional render farm management software licenses to be used on ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,’ ‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’ and other blockbuster films.

Los Angeles – PipelineFX, makers of Qube!, the leading render farm management software for digital media creation, announced that Beijing VFX firm Base Fx has ordered 500 additional licenses to supplement their growing feature film queue.

After recently wrapping 350 shots on Captain America: The Winter Solider, Asia’s biggest visual effects studio is already hard at work on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Transformers: Age of Extinction. Base Fx’s four-year history with Qube! has shown them how prioritization and pulling actionable intelligence from the farm (Smart Farming) can drastically change efficiency operations on projects with tight timelines. Moving up to 800 licenses now means more ammo for the cannons. 

“For years we were assigning frames to nodes manually, which just weighed our pipeline down,” said Alex Robin, head of operations at Base Fx. “Once Qube! came in, it totally changed the way we manage renders. Our efficiency increased dramatically, and we could scale the business.”

Since 2012’s strategic alliance agreement with Lucasfilm’s Industrial Light & Magic, Base Fx’s stable of projects has been growing rapidly. The ability to adjust render priorities quickly has been their ace in the hole when working through multiple projects at once, often for a variety of Asian and American studios. 

“The value of robust render farm management is priceless,” added Robin. “Equipment is one of our biggest expenditures. Managing those resources efficiently with Qube! has been transformative to our business.”

Qube! is an intelligent, mature and highly scalable render management solution that can be quickly integrated into any production workflow, and is backed by world-class technical support. Smart Farming delivers intelligence to production pipelines by providing business-critical insight into render pipelines, maximizing investment in rendering infrastructure and automating manual processes. Qube! works out of the box with all leading content creation applications and is truly cross-platform with all software components available on Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X operating systems.

As the leading provider of intelligent render farm management solutions for digital content creation, PipelineFX provides software, support, consulting and training services worldwide. Qube! runs on more than 30,000 render nodes at over 600 customers in 51 countries and is used to render film and visual effects, post production, broadcast, design, games and education media. Clients include Apple, Arc Productions, Base FX, BBC, Cinesite, Deluxe, Digital District, Digital Domain, Dyson, Efilm, Electronic Arts, Google, HBO, Hasbro, L.M.U., Laika Studios, Lockheed Martin, Method Studios, MPC, NBC Sports, Nvidia, NHK, NYU, Original Force, Pratt Institute, Procter & Gamble, ReelFX, South Park Studios, SVA, Target, Technicolor and many others. PipelineFX is headquartered in Honolulu, HI, and has offices in Los Angeles, London, Portland, Las Vegas, and Vancouver.

A two-time Emmy winner, Base Fx is the leading visual effects studio in Asia, specializes in high-end creature and character animation, fluid and dynamic effects, and photo-real 3D matte painting and set extensions, as well as high quality roto, layout, and asset creation. Located in Beijing, China, the company employs more than 350 full-time staff. Since its establishment in 2006, Base has worked with major studios from around the globe, creating visual effects for such films as I Am Number Four, Looper, Super 8, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Star Trek Into Darkness, Conan the Barbarian, and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol.

Source: PipelineFX

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Formerly Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network, Jennifer Wolfe has worked in the Media & Entertainment industry as a writer and PR professional since 2003.