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Steve Holmes

Thinkbox Software teams up with The Foundry and Chaos Group to offer free rendering hours throughout May

Thinkbox Software is offering a month of free on-demand licensing hours for top products including V-Ray and NUKE, it has announced.

This is a great opportunity for you to make the most of tools like NUKE and V-Ray for free (and enjoy some free cloud rendering power), so be sure to check out the offer here. Hours are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

The offer ends on 1 June 2016 at 12am PDT and also includes free hours in Deadline, Thinkbox’s flagship compute management system, and Krakatoa, its volumetric particle rendering, manipulation and management tool.

“We invite anyone and everyone to take advantage of this opportunity and really hammer our system so we can fine tune the store and this new on-demand model,” said Chris Bond, founder of Thinkbox Software.

“We’re excited that The Foundry and Chaos Group have teamed with us on this offer and we look forward to bringing even more partners on board to continue making our customers’ lives easier.”

If you sign up you’ll get your complimentary time in 10,000-hour increments, which will only be consumed while the Slave rendering app is active. The free hours can be used for on-premise or cloud-based rendering; users are responsible for compute resources.

Thinkbox Software’s latest release, Deadline 8, has introduced on-demand per-minute licensing for Thinkbox tools and third-party apps. However, Thinkbox is also still offering a more traditional perpetual licensing model.