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Svengali FX Leverages Qube! On Star Trek Render Pipeline

PipelineFX, makers of Qube!™ software, the leading render farm management software for film and post production, game development, and digital media education around the world, today announced that Los Angeles-based Svengali FX has deployed Qube! to manage the rendering visual effects for visual effects work including “Star Trek.”

“Svengali FX is a Nuke based facility running in a Mac environment,” said Stefano Trivelli, VFX Supervisor at Svengali FX. “Qube! Was rock solid throughout the production of Star Trek. Our team was able to focus on the high standard of quality work that the film demanded knowing we had a solid render management solution in place. Stability within the render farm is important to us and Qube! delivered.”

“Qube! is great because it is easy to use, easy to set up and offers the best value for the features and functionality it delivers,” said Jamie Venable, President, Svengali FX. “Without question, we are pleased with our decision to go with Qube!”

Using the Python API, Qube! is directly called as a menu item within Nuke that allows compositing artists to submit jobs from within the application. Once submitted, artists and wranglers can use the unlicensed Qube! GUI from any machine on the network to manage the jobs, view individual rendered frames, re-start failed frames, kill jobs, view standard error and standard out and see at a glance the progress of their renders.

“We’ve been supporting the Mac platform since the “Final Fantasy” days,” said Troy Brooks, CEO of PipelineFX. “Having the Qube! Supervisor, Worker and management GUI available on three platforms – Mac, Linux and Windows – has allowed our customers to pick and choose their infrastructure or choice. We are proud to be working with a VFX studio of Svengali FX’s caliber.”

About Svengali FX:
Svengali FX is a leading provider of visual effects services in the film industry with a reputation for artistic integrity, efficient production and memorable environment creation. Founded in 2002 by partners, Rocco Gioffre and Jamie Venable, Svengali FX is organized around an exceptional team of artists. Credits include Star Trek (Paramount), Watchmen (Warner Bros.), I Am Legend (Warner Bros.), The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (Buena Vista/Walden Media), Apocalypto (Buena Vista/Icon) and Garden State (Fox Searchlight/Camelot Pictures).

About Qube! and PipelineFX:
Qube!™ is the leading enterprise-class render farm management system for film production, visual effects, game development and digital media education. Qube! is highly customizable, extensively scalable, can be integrated into any production workflow, and is backed by world-class technical support. Qube! has custom pipelines for creative applications like Autodesk® 3ds Max®, Autodesk Maya®, NUKE™, SOFTIMAGE®|XSI®, DNA Research’s 3Delight, Shake®, Adobe® AfterEffects®, Pixar’s RenderMan®, Eyeon® Digital Fusion™ and many more. Qube! is IBM ServerProven®, database driven and operates in Linux®, Windows® and Mac OS®X environments.
PipelineFX, with headquarters in Honolulu, Hawaii, and offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego, CA and Vancouver, B.C. was founded in 2002. Qube! is used by world-class film and game studios and post houses including Digital Domain, South Park Studios, Electronic Arts, Rainmaker Animation, Laika Studios, Disney Interactive Studios, Starz Entertainment, Imagi, Reel FX, and Attitude Studio. Qube! is used by schools around the world including the School of Visual Arts in N.Y., Goebelins School in Paris, Carleton School of Architecture, Full Sail, the University of Advancing Technology, Pratt Institute, the University of Hawaii-Academy for Creative Media, and Harvard’s Graduate School of Design.