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v1.2 RenderGarden

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Your renders will FLY with RenderGarden!

Increase your render speeds by 3 times on your computer and maximize your CPU cores when rendering across your network. RenderGarden is an absolute must-have script for After Effects users.

RenderGarden Tagline Animation

RenderGarden is an Adobe After Effects script that splits your comp into a specified number of segments (which we refer to as seeds) and then renders them to multiple background command line windows (which we call, Gardeners). Through segmenting the comp into multiple seeds, you can fully maximize your CPU cores on a single machine or across multiple machines with network rendering.

Features

Network Rendering

Grid multiple computers together on your network. Render QuickTime/AVI Movies or Image Sequences. Easy to set up. No custom scripting or network config. Unlimited Render Node licensing.

network rendering

Background Rendering

Continue working in After Effects while your comps render in the background. Option for Post-Render transcoding to MP4 and/or QT. Render multiple comps in sequence or in parallel.

background rendering

Render Monitoring

Monitor local and remote renders using the RenderGarden Monitor panel directly in After Effects. Re-Plant, Kill, and Delete jobs or seeds. Check status of renders including progress and estimated completion time. Manual or automatic refreshing of active jobs. Display Terminal/Console logs directly inside After Effects.

 

Increased Render Speeds*

Render 2-3x faster* with Hyper-threaded Rendering. Maximize your Mac or PC’s CPU usage. Render multiple frames simultaneously. Render multiple comps in sequence or in parallel.

(*Not supported in After Effects 18.1 or later. Please visit the FAQ here for more info.)

CPU
After Effects 18.1 contains a new Multi-Frame Rendering (MFR) feature which greatly speeds up rendering on multi-core computers, producing speeds similar to RenderGarden’s Hyper-threaded rendering in previous versions. This new core technology built into After Effects has obsoleted the need to use Hyper-threaded rendering in RenderGarden, resulting in us disabling Hyper-threaded rendering in RenderGarden 1.1 and later. RenderGarden’s multi-machine rendering and background rendering functionality continue to greatly enhance productivity and are fully supported in After Effects 18.1 and later.

Speed Tests

After Effects Render = 50min 32sec

RenderGarden = 15min 2sec

3.3x Speed Increase!

Project Specs

  • 4096px x 1152px
  • 250 Frames
  • 16bit Project
  • 9 Effects Used
Machine Specs

  • 2012 Mac Pro
  • 12-Core 2.66ghz
  • 48GB RAM

 

 

 

Background Rendering

  • Continue working in After Effects while your comps render in the background.
  • Option for Post-Render transcoding to MP4 and/or QT.
  • Render multiple comps in sequence or in parallel.

UI Overview

Windows Quickstart

Speed Tests

Speed Test

After Effects Render = 50min 32sec
RenderGarden = 15min 2sec

3.3x Speed Increase!

Project Specs:
4096px x 1152px
250 Frames
16bit Project
9 Effects Used

 

speed test 2

After Effects Render = 1hr 43min
RenderGarden = 38min

2.7x Speed Increase!

Project Specs:
4096px x 1152px
800 Frames
16bit Project
24 Effects Used

 

 

speed test

After Effects Render = 18min 19sec
RenderGarden = 6min

3x Speed Increase!

Project Specs:
1920px x 1080px
300 Frames
8bit Project
6 Effects Used

 

Cross Platform Gardening

NOTE: cross platform not eligible for tech support help – use at your own risk

Your Purchase Includes:

  • After Effect Script for submitting renders to RenderGarden
  • Gardener Application (this automatically picks up RenderGarden file and renders them in the background).

If you are looking to set up multiple computers as render nodes, you don’t need to make another purchase for each additional machine. You can just install the Gardener application for free!


Testimonials

RenderGarden not only makes distributed rendering an option for us, it raises the bar for the kind and quality of work we’re capable of doing. I don’t ever want to go back to working without it.

Matthew Law, Sr. Motion Designer, Lyft

 

RenderGarden works great – easily doubles the speed of projects using our plugins when rendering in After Effects CC 2018 on a single workstation.

Pierre Jasmin, Founder, RE:Vision Effects

 

RenderGarden is a great addition to our current tool set. It bridges the gap between local rendering and putting projects up on our render farm. We can finally utilize the full power of our workstations to render our After Effects projects. Nice work Mekajiki!

Phil Spitler, Creative Director, Bonfire Labs

Operating System:

  • macOS 10.9+
  • Windows 7+

Host Support:

  • After Effects CC 2015 (14.0) – CC 2021

RenderGarden is officially supported back to CC2014, but we have found it works back to CS5 (unsupported).

4.56
9 reviews
89% of reviewers recommend this product
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Customer Reviews

Amazing. Completely accelerated all our renders. We have a few stations on a network that can divide and conquer and we've seen an incredible amount of time saved with renders. Even without network rendering, we're seeing at least a 20% reduction of render times. Super easy to setup when you watch their great tutorial videos. You'll be off an rendering fast in no time! Highly recommend. Just make it work with Premiere...somehow...and I'll be forever indebted to you.

Would you recommend this product to a colleague? Yes

By: MC Post
Date: February 08, 2018

Rendergarden unleashed my 16-core threadripper machine and made it the AE render beast it was meant to be. A 10 hour render (thousands of shape layers + expressions) was cut down to 1.5 hrs. Absolutely worth it and then some. Now if only you could somehow make it work with RAM previews...

Would you recommend this product to a colleague? Yes

By: Dylan Wilbur
Date: January 04, 2018

Working professionally in After Effects? Get this and take control of your machine resources! You can set it gently in the background while working or go full throttle for tight deadlines. Installation is a breeze, network rendering setup is even simpler. The Mekajiki support team is really helpful, no matter what. They already have a nice FAQ and the installation PDF is clear. Post render actions lets you create a mp4 or prores as reviews or approuvals. If you render to image sequences, this is neat. 2 weeks and it’s already part of my workflow. Someone rate this product 1 stars? This product is not intended for comps taking 1 or 2 minutes to render. But if you have heavy comps or just comps with a longer length, Render Garden is your friend.

Would you recommend this product to a colleague? Yes

By: thierry roussel
Date: December 20, 2017

If you do serious work in AE you need this. Period. I have a 12 core trash can, 128 gb owc ram, FirePro D700s. I do a lot of particle work with Trapcode and Stardust. Render times were brutal. Same comps render least 3x faster. I've only had it for a short time but I already can't imagine not having it! Experimenting and ripping off full res test renders is now a part of my workflow even on tight deadlines. I don't have to wait until bedtime to hit render anymore!!!! Thank you, Mekajiki.

Would you recommend this product to a colleague? Yes

By: Scott Reus
Date: December 18, 2017

Fantastic! Finally I can make use of all my CPU cores. Mekajiki achieves what Adobe couldn't figure out for some reason. Does exactly what it's supposed to do, slashing render times. Just one annotation: It has trouble with VideoCopilot plugins sometimes. VC and Mekajiki are working together to resolve this apparently. According to Mekajiki support it's actually a GPU related programming issue at VC. So hopefully Andrew is on it as I think RenderGarden is one of the best things which happened to the scene in quite some time!

Would you recommend this product to a colleague? Yes

By: Oliver Koch
Date: December 14, 2017

Holy Smokes! I had a render that took 1hour and 45 minutes in AE, Rendergarden did it in 18 minutes. Totally worth $99 in headaches alone!

Would you recommend this product to a colleague? Yes

By: adam tracksler
Date: December 10, 2017

I began using RenderGarden as soon as it was available. I have a 2010 era 8 core MacPro 5,1 with 64 GB ram. Overall I'd say I'm averaging render time savings around 2.5X (some projects are even faster). For an old machine that's pretty spectacular-- enough that I can hold off upgrading this hardware for another year or two. There's also the bonus that all this extra rendering is in the BG, so I can continue working in After Effects at the same time. I've rendered to image sequences and ProRes files, both workflows have been great. The team at Mekajiki has been very responsive to suggestions on improving their product, so I'm sure future releases will be even easier to use. This is clearly the best $99 add on to After Effects I've ever had. I can't praise it enough.

Would you recommend this product to a colleague? Yes

By: Rob Birnholz
Date: December 06, 2017

Not, sure what exactly Martin's issue above is. I purchased this 1.5 days into the 7 day trial. The best $99 I've spent on software in along time and has usurped Particular as my number one add-on to AE. I have struggled un-successfuly to get network rendering working with AE until I discovered RenderGarden. I now have 3 of my 2010 MacPro 12-core machines doing all my AE renders while I continue working on my main machine. It has reduced my render times by a factor of 10. Especially on heavy scenes using Particular, Shine and Optical Flares plugins combined. As with any typical render farm workflow I always render to image sequence and post combine into video files. Finally, Mark at Mekajiki is very responsive to support. I can not recommend RenderGarden highly enough.

Would you recommend this product to a colleague? Yes

By: Tom Hall
Date: December 06, 2017

This tool really sucks. My final output was about 32 sec. while it should have been 43 seconds. It seems the several parts are not stiched together very well. I did not notice it with the demo version before. Today, after purchasing it this bug (or whatever it is) came out.

Would you recommend this product to a colleague? No

By: Martin Melis
Date: December 05, 2017

1.2 – May 17, 2021

  • Render Monitoring:
    Monitor local and remote renders using the RenderGarden Monitor panel directly in After Effects. Re-Plant, Kill, and Delete jobs or seeds. Check status of renders including progress and estimated completon time. Manual or automtic refreshing of active jobs. Display Terminal/Console logs directly inside After Effects.
  • Support for After Effects 18.3 Multi-Frame Rendering (MFR)
    RenderGarden can utilize the new native multi-frame rendering feature in the 18.3 Public Beta. Or users can choose to use the old RenderGarden Hyper-threaded rendering instead of MFR.

1.1.4 – April 2, 2019

  • Gardener script improvements

1.1.3 – December 14, 2018

  • Cinema 4D renderer warnings
  • Error when Use Comp Frame Number unchecked

1.1.2 – August 10, 2018

  • HAP codec support
  • Improved frame counting error check
  •  Gardener efficiency improvements

1.1.1 – May 9, 2018

  • MP4 transcode seed button
  • Mac uninstaller
  • Handle interlaced frame counting
  • Better checking for external resources
  • Keep windows done alert from disappearing

1.1.0 – January 25, 2018

  • Done Alert option in Post Render Actions to tell you when a job has completed and how long it took
  • Speed/Quality and Tune presets added to MP4 assistant
  • Replant Seeds and Kill Renders droplets
  • Render logs written to _logs folder, plus a log in seeds folder when all seeds are complete
  • Fix issue where a new version of AE would get an old aerender path
  • Fix various issues involving non-ASCII characters
  • Eliminated a few command line issues on Windows
  • Count Frames option in success/failure detection defaults to off
  • Added options to LaunchGardeners UI for the various render types

1.0.3 – Dec 12, 2017

  • Won’t use old aerender path when Preferences have been migrated from previous AE
  • Now respects start frame number from project settings
  • Filters out characters that cause problems with Mac systemCalls, like ö

1.0.2 – Dec 7, 2017

  • Fixed various issues with non-ASCII characters
  • Created better RenderGarden Gardener.bat files on Windows
  • Fixed “cannot find the file specified” on Windows
  • Handles serial numbers that are pasted with extra whitespace

1.0.1 – Nov 30, 2017

  • Fixed bug when output was on a different drive than Seed Bank
  • Fixed typo in welcome dialog

1.0.0 – Nov 28, 2017

  • Initial Release

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