Frantic Films Announces Deadline 3.0 Supporting Linux and Mac OSX


Most highly-requested new feature added to robust render farm solution

Last Updated: July 24, 2007 4:42 pm GMT
(Winnipeg, MB -July 24, 2007) Frantic Films Software, a division of award-winning visual effects studio Frantic Films, today announced the launch of Deadline™ 3.0, the latest version of Frantic Films' render farm solution software.

Deadline™ 3.0 will be demonstrated at the Frantic Films booth, #1720, throughout the SIGGRAPH Conference, to be held August 5-9, 2007 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, Calif.

Deadline™ 3.0 is Frantic Films' render farm management system that provides a hassle-free method to both administer and render on Microsoft Windows, Linux and Mac OSX-based render farms of all sizes. Signature features include ultra-reliable rendering thanks to its unique "swarm" architecture; an intuitive user interface; excellent support for popular rendering packages; extensive job scheduling options and administrative and auditing features; integrated remote administration tools and remote error reporting; and cost-effective reliability for small, medium and large render farms.

Said Sylvain Berger, Technical Director, Alpha Vision, "We've been using Deadline for more than two years to run a render farm of over 160 computers, and we find the software to be not only extremely versatile and customizable, but we're able to output thousands of images per month with no worries. Last year alone, we churned out over 1.6 million images for over 400 projects. With Deadline, I know everything will render smoothly for weeks without having to closely monitor the server. Plus, the Deadline development team is exemplary, and the support is fast and efficient."

Customers that have integrated Deadline into their render farm pipelines include design visualization firm Alpha Vision, game developer Blizzard Entertainment, and CafeFX. Additional customers include Melbourne, Australia-based Digital Pictures Iloura and UK-based animation facility Dinamo Productions.

"Deadline truly is the core of our pipeline here at Digital Pictures Iloura, it is so much more to us than just a rendering manager - we run a mixed 2D/3D toolset, and it is Deadline that has allowed us to transform what would be chaos into an easily managed pipeline where things just work," said Grant Adam, Lead TD, Digital Pictures Iloura. "The ability to script plug-ins means that we use Deadline to automate just about anything we can think of, and new tools can be integrated very easily."

Deadline is also continuously being put to task as the render farm solution at all three Frantic Films VFX facilities in Los Angeles, Vancouver and Winnipeg, on current projects including Journey to the Center of the Earth and Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium.

"We've made consistent updates to Deadline since we launched the software in 2004, but version 3.0 offers some of the most in-demand features, such as Linux and Mac OS support, and the ability to offer Deadline as a Service," said Chris Bond, president & creative director, Frantic Films. "We've consistently received rave reviews about Deadline's reliability and price point from our customers and anticipate an enthusiastic response to the new levels of support offered in 3.0."

Key new features include:
  • Windows, Linux and OSX Support - Deadline Slave, Pulse, Launcher, and Command ported to Linux (Red Hat and Suse) and Mac OSX using Mono
  • Deadline as a Service - Ability to run Slave, Pulse, and Launcher as services on Windows
  • 64 bit support
  • Deadline upgraded to .NET 2.0

Pricing and Availability
Deadline will be available in the fall directly through the Frantic Films Software Division, please visit
or contact with sales inquiries. Deadline is available now for a list price starting at $130 per render node for the first 10 licenses, prices drop per unit with increased volume.

About Frantic Films Software
Frantic Films Software has developed a reputation for creating innovative custom-built R&D solutions and quality software products. From the Deadline™ Render Farm Management System, to the Amaretto 3ds Max interface for the NVIDIA Gelato renderer, to the Flood Fluid Simulation Suite, Frantic Films Software is pushing the envelope of conventional thought and applying real science to create tools and technology that truly open a whole new world of possibilities for VFX professionals. For more information, visit

About Frantic Films
Headquartered in Winnipeg, Canada, with offices in Vancouver and Los Angeles, Calif., Frantic Films has been operating divisions that provide visual effects for film and television, live action production and VFX software development since 1997. Frantic Films' award-winning visual effects teams have worked on films including Fantastic Four: The Rise of the Silver Surfer, Grindhouse, Superman Returns, X-Men 3, Poseidon and many others. The company's software tools were developed to solve complex production challenges on in-house feature effects projects, and are also in use at many leading 3D animation and effects facilities worldwide. Frantic Films' live action division creates and produces Gemini Award-winning programs for Canadian and international television networks. For more information, visit


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