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VFS Enables Remote Student Learning with Help from Nvidia

School provides students with NVIDIA Quadro RTX 5000 powered workstations that allowed them to continue using production-level technology in their remote studies.

Students at the Vancouver Film School normally have access to the same level of real-world production technology they’ll find on projects once they graduate. VFS alumni routinely work on a wide range of top  industry projects; last year, grads were credited on 17 of the 20 highest grossing films worldwide, including Joker, Captain Marvel and Avengers: Endgame, as well as six of the world’s 10 best-selling video games. The school’s eight campuses offer full film sets and studio spaces, screening rooms, theatres and a 280-degree green screen room with full performance capture facilities; for its fast-paced production environments, it uses NVIDIA Quadro RTX 5000 GPUs, with 16GB of GPU memory, powering Dell Precision 5820 workstations.

So, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic that forced students to continue their studies remotely, the school needed to quickly create a remote learning environment and improve remote production capacity for film, animation, game design and VR. Arranging remote workstations was made possible by using Teradici with VFS’s new NVIDIA Quadro-powered Dell Precision workstations, providing students with low-latency access to the full performance of the workstations. These workstations allow students to work with much larger, complex datasets and multiple applications can run simultaneously at full speed. Students also used Wacom tablets remotely with all of their favorite applications.

“Our ability to teach Unreal Engine remotely is an order of magnitude simpler with the NVIDIA Quadro RTX GPUs,” said Evan Biswanger, creative director at VFS. “On our previous graphics cards, our higher-end Unreal work had the GPU and CPU of our machines pegged at 100 percent. Now we have room to spare, so we can do a lot more.”

Head on over to the VFS site to learn more about the school’s production resources for students in film, animation, game and VR programs and how Nvidia technology helps deliver real-world production experience for students. Click here to learn more about the NVIDIA Studio Education Partner Program.

Source: Nvidia