1. Download and install
Log in to Web Manager (our web dashboard) at https://garage.farm and download our renderBeamer app for After Effects. The download link can be found in the Support panel on the left-hand side of the dashboard.
Install the renderBeamer app and start it. Use the account user ID you received or the email you used to register for your account to log in. Please keep in mind that the app should always be running in the background whenever uploading a project or downloading rendered frames.
2. Prepare the project
Open your project in After Effects and prepare it for rendering on a render farm. Make sure that your project does not contain any missing assets.
- Prepare your desired composition settings – resolution, frames per second and duration time.
Note: When rendering to frames, we strongly suggest to use “round” numbers (like 30 frames per second instead of 29.97).
- Select composition and add it to AE render queue
Note: Our plugin will prepare and send only the compositions added to AE render queue. Any other compositions which are used in the scene will be ignored.
- Configure “render queue” composition setup i.e render settings, desired quality, output format.
Note: Please keep in mind that not all output formats are supported on the farm. Especially “custom” made output templates can cause issues with rendering process. We highly recommend using built in output presets, or just render your composition to frames (like PNG or JPG sequence).
3. Use the plugin
- Save your project and use our AE plugin (run it from the menu Files > Scripts > renderbeamer.jsxbin)
4. Upload the project
Once our plugin completed the scene saving, your project will be redirected to renderBeamer to be uploaded. renderBeamer is a standalone uploader/downloader application that works in conjunction with our plugins. Simply put, it takes care of the file transfers.
After the scene has been fully uploaded, the app will generate a link for you to submit your scene online in Web Manager (web dashboard). If for some reason you closed the window with the link or it didn’t work, don’t worry, you can locate your project in the web dashboard and submit your scene by clicking on the scene file later (more on that in Step 5).
5. Submit new job
Now that your project is uploaded you will need to follow the final step – creating and submitting a job to render farm. Web Manager is where all your projects and render jobs reside.
If you followed the link generated earlier by renderBeamer, you will now see the job submission window with several fields and settings. If you didn’t follow the link or it didn’t work, you can do it manually by locating your project in the Projects panel, finding the scene file within the project folder (in your folder structure look for the folder called “data”, i.e. Project name/data/ProjectName.aep), and clicking on it to open the job window.
You can choose between three priorities when submitting a job: High, Medium, and Low (more info on prices and priorities here). You can also view the current queue on the farm, which should help you inform your decision about selecting the priority.
After giving your render settings a final check and choosing your preferred priority hit Submit to add your job to the render queue. If you’re a first time user, you will have received $25 worth of credit to test out our service. The credits should be enough to run a few test jobs and get you familiar with the service.
6. Download and review frames
Each frame that has completed rendering is downloaded automatically to your local drive to a directory you selected in the renderBeamer application. If you’re not sure where your download folder is located, you can double check it or change it in renderBeamer’s settings (click on the cogwheel). Also, make sure you have auto download checked to get the frames downloaded as soon as they are available. If this box is unchecked, you will have to click on each job and manually download the frames.
Note: Please make sure you keep renderBeamer running whenever you have jobs rendering to get the frames downloaded right away. It may happen, however, that your frames aren’t downloading in the given moment, and most likely that’s because our application checks for the files on the server in 15 minute cycles and it is currently in between the cycles. You can click refresh list to force the check without waiting for the next cycle.
7. Pay for renders
If you have used up all your trial credits, you’ll need to charge your account to either continue rendering the current job if it got paused due to negative balance or to start a new one. Please note that when your balance goes below $0 you won’t be able to download frames anymore. You can make payments in the Billing panel in Web Manager. We accept debit cards, credit cards, PayPal and DotPay payments.
We offer discounts on all payments above $250 so please make sure to take a closer look at our discounts table.
8. Get help
You can talk to the GarageFarm.NET tech team any time of the day, any day of the week. We’re there to help you get started and to assist you along the way to rendering your projects. Don’t hesitate to give us a shout. We mean it.
You can contact us through our live chat directly in the web dashboard or in our desktop app or message us here through the guest chat
We also recommend checking out our FAQ page which answers most of the questions new users have.