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New CrowdRender Beta Project Launched!


After working on their distributed rendering software for 5 years, the CrowdRender team is now ready for their next step: scaling up their platform and making it super easy to access peer to peer shared computing resources.

We're building our new and improved network render addon!

If you want faster rendering for your animation or still projects, then we have some good news for you! We're excited to let you know that we’re building a brand new version of CrowdRender and its going to be massive :-o. So massive in fact, we've launched a crowdfunding campaign to support the development and we're inviting you to help make it happen!

To show you our appreciation of your support, we've grabbed some really cool perks for you! There's premium tutorial content, Space VFX, thanks to Aidy Burrows and Gleb Alexandrov, plus The Dark Forest, a complete tutorial package courtesy of Blendtuts, there's credit for rendering in the cloud, an exclusive live stream training event and more.

But first, I want to say thanks to our super early backers who backed us before this announcement; thanks guys :D, you're fantastic! Backing our campaign is an awesome way to support development of the add-on! If you haven't joined in the fun yet, visit our campaign page!

Visit our campaign page

"But what will the beta be?" I hear you cry!

The beta will let you use lots of computers to render; wherever they are! If you have computers at work and at home, you can use them all. If you want to take a laptop to a cafe, the beach, to an appointment with your clients, and still use all your computers, you got it.

We’re building a platform that can distribute rendering to any computer on the internet that has our software installed. Thanks to your support, the new beta will be also free to download.

Whats more you’ll be able to share your computers with others so you can borrow your friends computer if you need it for a project.

All this happens over the internet with secure encrypted communications that are fast and reliable and more importantly are peer to peer so your data goes only between you and those you choose to share it with.


Finally, we’re giving CrowdRender some pretty cool upgrades to make it faster, more stable and more capable. Thanks to your feedback we're adding missing features, improving documentation and giving the system some major overhauls. Check out the campaign page for the full list of what we’re going to build :D

Spread the word!

We need your help in letting people know about what we're building and encouraging them to pitch in. Every share helps, facebook, twitter, or whatever your platform of choice, we're super grateful for sharing :D. You can easily share our campaign using this short link ->

And thank you!!!

Thanks from the bottom of our hearts for all your support so far, thanks for being awesome members of our young and growing community, we're looking forward to an exciting time ahead building the beta version for you :D

James, Jez and Chris from CrowdRender

Visit our campaign page

About Author


I'm a software engineer, I've worked on numerous technologies over the past 10 years. I started out working on full motion flight simulators and then worked with embedded systems. I now work on building an add-on to support rendering using multiple computers over internet/local networks. I started using blender in 2009 and have done small projects with it since then, however, crowd render, our network rendering add-on is by far the biggest adventure with Blender to date.


    • Hey Manu! Thanks!

      Though I should be clear, we're not trying to 'beat' sheepit :). In fact we're probably complimenting it owing to the fact that sheepit is a credit based system as I am sure you know.

      CrowdRender is a resource sharing platform where individuals share their computers directly with each other. There's no credit involved, just people agreeing to make their computers available to each other for mutual benefit.

      I think sheepit really works for people that want to share their machines into a large pool of other like minded people and are ok with the credit system. It doesn't work as well in situations we're designing for where two or more people want to share their computers online to render a project. We do this quite a bit, there's a small community in our slack channel that regularly shares their computers for a project one of us is doing and its a life saver. Better yet, there is no credit limit involved so we can render till the job is done.

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