Features

Supporting Multiple Renderers
Supporting All Houdini Versions
Avoid Uploading Massive File Caches
Streamlined Workflows
Dependency Chain Rendering
Immediate Frame Downloads
CompositeWith
Nuke
Output Movie Files From Your Composited Frames

Cloud Rendering & Simulations

(See details on the SideFX/GridMarkets partnership HERE.)

Houdini artist: Youxi Woo

 
 

Supported Renderers

 

Artist Testimonials

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How it Works

 
 
1. Render Submit Quickstart

- shows how to submit a render.

 
 
3. Render Submit ROP

- describes how to manage our render submit ROP

 
 
2. Simulation Submit Quickstart

- demonstrates how to submit a Houdini simulation.

 
 
4. Cloud Cache

- avoid sim data uploads with our cloud cache SOP

 

Get Started in 3 Steps

 

1.

Install Our Houdini HDA

 

Using the download option (see next), download our HDA and sample HIP files and (re)start Houdini after extracting the files into the relevant Houdini "OTLS" directory, for:

  • Windows . . . C:\Program Files\Side Effects Software\Houdini XX.X\houdini\otls

  • Linux . . . . . .  /opt/hfsXX.X/houdini/otls

  • Mac . . . . . . .  /Users/Shared/houdini/XX.X/otls

2.

Install Envoy

 

GridMarkets' Envoy tool manages the upload of project files & download of results.  Below are the download links to Envoy by operating system:

  • Ubuntu 18.04+ users: please sudo apt -y install libgconf2-4 before starting the Envoy UI.

  • Before launching Envoy, ensure the following firewall ports are open: HTTPS port 443, and 5000, 5001 & 8003 to api.gridmarkets.com.  Note that some virus protection software, particularly Kaspersky and Windows Defender, can block Envoy so you may also need to disable them or whitelist gm-envoy.exe locally on port 8090

  • Ensure you login with your Access Key and NOT your Portal password.  You can find your Access Key under the Profile page of the Portal (https://portal.gridmarkets.com/init/member_plugin/profile).

  • If you cannnot login, then open a shell or command prompt and run telnet api.gridmarkets.com 8003 (or 5000 or 5001) to make sure you can connect.

  • If you are still having issues then please send your Envoy log (under the Portal View menu) to support@gridmarkets.com

  • Envoy is not needed for our Maya and 3DSMax services.

Tutorial: Envoy - GridMarkets tool to upload/download files to our cloud
- describes how to start & use GridMarkets' tool, Envoy, to upload/download files to/from our cloud

3.

Get Your Free GridMarkets Rendering Credits

Register here for a free account and (20) free rendering credits - which expire if unused +14 days from account creation.​

If you are a current student, we offer a 25% discount on your credit purchases (buy 3 and get 1 free).  

Pricing

 

 

Our pricing is determined by the choice of A) service level and B) machine configuration.​  

A.

Service Level

 

The Service Level choices below decide the number of accessible concurrent machines when rendering.  Pressed to get a project done fast - go for Rush.  No worries - go for Economy.  The choice of setting can be changed at any time via the GridMarkets user portal (for which a GridMarkets account is required to access).

Economy

Select up to

5 concurrent machines

Standard

Select up to

30 concurrent machines

Rush

Select up to

60 concurrent machines

(Need more than 60 machines?  See our Subscription model.)

B.

Machine Configuration

 

Your submission may require CPU or GPU resources - depending on your choice of renderer.  The Power Level options for CPU and GPU resources are shown below.  These choices can be changed at anytime.

 

* Costs are represented in $US/machine-hour.  We charge by the machine-second.  Costs are all inclusive (i.e. machine time; operating system and software licenses; data egress and 15 days of data storage are included).

"OB" refers to a machine's approximate Octane Benchmark performance used to deliver the service.

Note: To help balance its machine inventory, GridMarkets may run your submission on a faster than selected machine (but not on a slower than selected machine).  Your project costs will not be impacted in such cases.

GridMarkets Credits

 

 

GridMarkets credits are used to pay for our service.  They do not expire, are not refundable and can be purchased On Demand or by Subscription (the Subscription option discounts credits for large jobs or sustained work).  Purchase credits via the GridMarkets user portal or via the buttons below.

Other credit related bits and bobs . . . .

  • To ensure your job runs to completion, maintain sufficient credits.

  • As your jobs run, you will receive emails warning of low credits.

  • If all credits have been consumed, frames running at the time will continue to run until your GridMarkets Credit Overdraft Limit has been reached (see FAQ "What is the GridMarkets Credit Overdraft Limit?…), but pending frames will not be run.

  • Suspended submissions can be resumed once a positive credit balance is restored.

 
Receipt
- Use this link if you need a receipt for GridMarkets credits purchased.
 
Gift Credits
- Use our gifting option to purchase and allocate credits to a friend or to a project artist.
 
Credit Estimate Calculator
- Our calculator helps to estimate the likely cost (and duration) of a submission.

Other Helpful Links

 
Tutorial: Managing Dependencies
- shows how to submit Houdini dependencies to GridMarkets
Tutorial: Pre-Flight
- describes the preflight process - the pre-submission step
Tutorial: Setting File Paths
- describes how to set up your file paths to ensure a successful submission
Tutorial: Frame Ranges
- describes how to specify frame ranges to render
Tutorial: Project Naming
- describes how to name and reference your project
Tutorial: Job Management with the GridMarkets Render Manager
- overviews the job management functions found in the GridMarkets render manager
FAQ
- answers a number of frequently asked questions
Security
- describes our security model

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P.O. Box 29920
San Francisco, CA  94129

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