Autodesk Maya Rendering Tech Available As Google Cloud Service
At the NAB show, Google announced plans to offer Autodesk's Maya 3D modeling and animation software as a hosted cloud rendering service.Google and Autodesk have teamed up to offer the latter's Maya 3D modeling and animation software as a hosted cloud rendering service. The new Autodesk Maya for Cloud Platform ZYNC Render will give studios and artists a way to tap the power of Google's cloud infrastructure to significantly boost rendering performance, the companies said in separate announcements Monday. The arrangement will allow developers and artists to continue working with rendering tools they already are familiar with and use on a regular basis while tapping the global reach and computational power of Google's cloud infrastructure. "Cloud-based rendering has opened new doors for creative facilities of all kinds," said Chris Bradshaw, senior vice president at Autodesk said in a statement. Cloud services make it easier to scale projects quickly while also making more rendering capacity available without requiring investments in additional hardware, Bradshaw said.
In a blog post, Todd Prives, Google's product manager for the Google Cloud Platform, said the cloud-optimized version of Autodesk Maya would use a Maya plug-in to transfer 3D images and scenes to Google's Compute Engine while the artist is working on the desktop. "Maya is capable of running on the artist's workstation and also in the cloud on [Google Cloud Platform]," he said. "This allows artists to run massively parallel rendering far more efficiently than before — taking advantage of the scalability, performance, and price benefits," of Google's cloud infrastructure, Prives said.