GargeFarm.NET QuickStart Guide

QuickStart Guide: How to render at GarageFarm.NET Render Farm

GarageFarm.NET?

GarageFarm.NET is a cloud render farm that seamlessly combines fully automated processes with reliable human support. You can send your scene right from your 3D software GUI without any complex and time-consuming setups. You can render stills or animations. You can render using any of the most popular render engines and industry standard plugins.

Our plugin is comfortably integrated into your app, which allows you to send your project as it is with minimal configuring. It does all the work for you. It collects the assets, relinks them, helps you choose the right render settings, and it detects any potential errors that may lead to problems in network rendering. It then sends all the data to the cloud where you can render your project with ease and control.

Step by step how-to

1. Register

Open an account at https://garagefarm.net. The registration is quick and easy and requires only a few clicks. You will receive an activation email from us with a verification link. Remember, you need to activate your account in order to start rendering with us.

GarageFarm.NET_Sign up

2. Download and install

Log-in to Web Manager (web dashboard) at https://garage.farm and download our RenderBeamer app specific to your 3D program. The download link can be found in the Support panel at the left-hand side of the dashboard. Supported apps include: Blender, Cinema 4D, LightWave, 3ds Max, Maya, Modo, Rhino, SketchUp, Terragen, and VUE Xstream.

Web Manager download panel
support panel where you can download our software and check out tutorials


Install the RenderBeamer app you downloaded and run it once done installing. You’ll be then asked to log in. Use the account user ID you received or the email you used to register in Step 1. Please keep in mind that the app should always be running in the background whenever uploading a project or downloading rendered frames.

GarageFarm.NET_RenderBeamer login

3. Set up and send scene

Open your scene in the 3D program you use. You can now send your project through the new menu item sitting in the interface called ‘renderbeamer’. When you click Beam it up, you will see our plugin settings that let you choose things like render mode (for different GI setups), file format, frame range for an animation or a single frame for a still, and other settings. Please note that the settings and the plugin windows vary per 3D software. Also, please remember that before rendering a full range job or a full resolution still, you should send off a test job first to see if the scene renders fine and to get a cost estimate.

For animations, send a few test frames by setting a step (s10, s25, s50) i.e. 1to400s40 will render 10 frames in total from your range. For stills, send a lower resolution or lower quality image.

3ds Max interface shelf example:

GarageFarm.NET_Max Plugin

You can read more about the importance of testing and ways to estimate the render cost and time in our FAQ.
Or learn more about the scene setup for each 3D program in our video tutorial series on our YouTube Channel.

4. Manage your projects

After the scene has been fully uploaded, our application 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, you can locate your project in the web dashboard and submit your scene by clicking on the scene file.

RenderBeamer uploaded complete
RenderBeamer application generates a scene submission link after completed upload


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.

GarageFarm.NET_Job submission
job submission window in Web Manager


After giving your render settings a final check and choosing your preferred priority, hit ‘Submit’ to add your job to the farm queue. If you’re a first time user, you have received $25 credit to test out our service. The credits should be enough to run a few test jobs and get you familiar with how the service works.

Jobs submitted to render queue
jobs added to render queue that are waiting for the nodes


5. Review your frames

Each frame that is completed is downloaded automatically to your local drive to a directory you selected in the RenderBeamer application. Please make sure you keep RenderBeamer running whenever you have jobs rendering to get the frames downloaded right away. Check out the frames and, if all is good, you may now submit the full range job in Web Manager by simply right-clicking on the job that was rendered with step and selecting ‘Render full range’. Our system will skip the frames that have been already rendered and will render the remaining range. You will also be able to see the cost estimate for the full range job based on those few frames you rendered as a test.

GarageFarm.NET_Render-Full-Range
start a full range job using the same test job that you have used to render a few frames earlier


6. Get more credits

If you have used up all your initial credits, you’ll need to recharge your account to either continue rendering the current job 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 for all payments above $250 so please make sure to take a closer look at our discounts table.

GarageFarm.NET Web Manager billing
billing panel where you can make payments, view cost & payment history, and check out discounts


7. Talk to us, our Support Team is always there

You can talk to 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. Don’t hesitate to give us a shout, we mean it!

You can contact us through our live chat in the web dashboard or in our app when you log in to your account or message us here through the guest chat.