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Summus Launches Simple Animation, A Cloud-Based Virtual Animation Studio Solution

This week, Summus Render released Simple Animation, its secure and scalable cloud-based virtual animation and vfx platform, which allows producers of all sizes to effortlessly set up remote workstations anywhere in the world.

The all-in-one system incorporates all the necessary architecture, storage, and cloud rendering capabilities to allow crewmembers all over the world to collaborate together on projects.

Summus first previewed its Simple platform last summer at Siggraph and showcased it again in the fall at 3D Wire in Segovia, Spain, where Cartoon Brew first covered the service.

Here’s a basic demo of how it works:

Simple Animation’s fully-configurable pipeline allows users to access virtual workstations on demand while using any 3d/2d application from major industry leaders. Simple runs on IBM Cloud, a delocalized service that offers a network of dozens of data centers in 19 countries.

Simple Animation’s interface.

Simple joins a number of other services that are already in the cloud rendering and virtual collaboration space for animation. Simple’s parent company, Madrid-based Summus, is already a proven render farm provider whose services have been used on various animated features and visual effects projects, including Final Fantasy XV (2016), Tadeo Jones 2: The Secret of King Midas (2017), and Animal Crackers (2017). Summus also runs the automated low-cost rendering service renderfarm.com targeted at small producers.

Pricing for Simple is based on a weekly, monthly or annual basis, and depends on how each virtual studio is configured, including the number of virtual workstation, as well as specs such as vCore, vRAM, graphic capacity, storage, and rendering capabilities.

To learn more about using Simple Animation, visit SimpleAnimation.com.

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