Barista - Home Cloud Rendering For Blender

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Save Money Rendering in the Cloud

How many times have you started a render, and wished you had better hardware? Maybe you have a deadline to meet, but your hardware didn't cut it. No matter what the situation, rendering in the cloud can save you money, give you access to the best hardware for Blender, as well as the power to render projects quickly at a cost lower than a render farm. 

Render Using Amazon AWS

The majority of the internet is hosted on Amazon’s servers, and you can use this same hardware for your own use. The difficulty comes in when needing to use it without assistance. Barista gives you a fully automated system, which will handle everything on Amazon’s side. All you need to do is tell Barista what to render and the settings to use. 

Skip the Middleman, Become Your own Render Farm with Barista

Barista breaks the mold, giving you direct CPU & GPU rendering access using the Amazon Cloud.

  • No middleman = no extra costs. With Barista you get direct access to Amazon servers and become your own render farm. Render your Blender project for the super low cost set by Amazon - the same service farms use and charge you extra for

  • Run Blender while rendering. Since the rendering process runs on Amazon's servers, you can continue using Blender at any time during the rendering process.

  • Use any Blender custom builds. Render with any official 2.6x, 2.7x, 2.8+ release,  a custom build like E-Cycles, Graphicall, Fracture Modifier, ACES,  or any other Linux 64-bit 2.6x, 2.7x or 2.8+ build". 

  • Monitor your cost. With the current cost output, you always know how much you’re going to spend.

  • Render a Packed Blend File or Multi-File ZIP/TAR Archive

 

Use Multiple Render Engines

  • Cycles

  • Blender Internal

  • Eevee

  • WorkBench

 

Hardware with Intel®  and AMD CPUs

  • Intel®  Xeon™ Cores

  • AMD Epyc™ Cores

  • Up to 96 Logical Cores (dual-socket)

  • As much as 384GB of RAM

 

NVIDIA® GPU Rendering

  • GPUs powered by NVIDIA® Tesla® core technology

  • Use up to 8 GPUs per instance

 

Use Barista on any of these Platforms:

  • Linux 

  • OSX (supports Catalina and Big Sur)

  • Windows

How does it work?

  1. To use Amazon with Barista, you need to set up an Amazon AWS Account. It's a free and simple process. (We walk you through it in a video in the Documentation tab above.)

  2. Using your Amazon AWS account, Barista uploads your project to Amazon S3, an industry-leading object storage service. Barista then starts the servers through Amazon, and then renders your project based on your settings.

  3. On the servers, the Barista Agent monitors your render, uploading the finished frames to S3, reporting progress and errors back to the client, then shutting down once the render has completed.

  4. Preview your completed frames in the client, or have them automatically downloaded to any folder once rendered! Done!

 

Important Steps Before you Launch Barista

Like Blender, Barista was created by users for users, offering an answer to the problem of using AWS directly for cloud-based rendering. 

For the best experience, be sure to go over the How-To section of the built-in documentation (Help > Documentation): it’s the best way to ensure a smooth experience and efficient operation. In case of any questions, create a message below or contact BlenderMarket support.

 

The ultimate remote rendering tool for the Blender community

Thanks to Barista users, we are able to constantly improve the tool. Major updates are always  in the works. 

This is how we’ve recently made Barista better for you:

  • Custom Builds

  • GPU Rendering

  • Automatic Rendering System

  • Automatic Instance Management

  • Fracture Modifier Support

  • Custom Frame List

  • File Output Node Support

  • Scene, Samples, and Camera render options

  • Add-On Support for Renders

  • Animation Nodes Support

  • Flip Fluids Support

  • Eevee and Workbench Support

 

Latest Stable Release 1.5.5

Latest Release 1.6.0 beta 6

Got questions? Follow Barista on Twitter @BaristaRender for latest updates