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Who is it for?

Any 3D animator or artist hungry for processing power. Animation studios and freelance animators, 3D artists and designers, VFX Artists, motion designers, CGI creators and technical directors will all love the speed and reliability of YellowDog.

How does it work?

Simply download our software and upload your file for rendering. It then gets broken down into byte sized pieces and shared out among our pack of power providers to render. When the job’s complete you’ll be told as soon as it’s ready for download. You’ll get it back right first time, every time, having been given a thorough once over by YellowDog’s quality checking software.

What does it work with?

YellowDog is compatible with Autodesk 3ds Max 2013 – 2016, Maya 2014 – 2016,  Cinema 4D R17, V-Ray, mental ray and Corona render engines.

Who provides the power?

YellowDog’s pack of power providers is being gathered together from computers all over the UK, enabling businesses to get pounds for their PC power or to donate to their chosen charity, whichever they prefer. So by using YellowDog, you’ll have the satisfaction of investing back into businesses, or a deserving charity a much needed handout.

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Is it secure?

You can rely on YellowDog. Your files are encrypted during upload; the job is then broken down into smaller chunks before sending for rendering; we rigorously check and track every power provider, and your work only ever exists in a temporary disk on the power provider’s machine that’s encrypted using the latest security technology.

Will there always be enough power?

Another brilliant thing is that YellowDog can be in so many places at once. Because your jobs are spread over a whole network of processors, there will always be one ready and willing to play and to get the job done.

What does it cost?

YellowDog is a pedigree pooch for the price of a mongrel pup. Every job is quoted in advance based on the number of frames, type and complexity of render and how quickly you want it turned around. The price you see is the price you pay. And you can use YellowDog as and when you want with no monthly subscription.

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As standard YellowDog costs £1 per hour. That gets you the equivalent power of two modern servers.

If you want your job rendered faster, you can increase what you pay and you get more power. If time is not of the essence, you can reduce the amount of power you have and get charged less. You’re always in control.


YellowDog is a great way to make money for any servers or workstations that are idle for some of the time. It makes your spare and otherwise unused processing power available to 3D animators and artists hungry for more, to help them create ever more complex images and effects. In return, you make money every time YellowDog runs and is busy rendering files.

Is it secure?

You can rely 100% on YellowDog. Only work certified by YellowDog is able to run in the YellowDog application and all the artists’ files are always safely kept away from your own. The render jobs only ever exist in a temporary disk on your machines and is encrypted using the latest security technology.

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Will it affect my machine?

YellowDog creates a temporary encrypted folder on your machine and only uses your machine’s processor and memory when the computer is not doing any other work. As well as being totally secure it also means that there’s no impact to your other services by installing YellowDog.

How does it work?

Simply download the YellowDog application onto your server or workstation, register as one of our pack of power providers and you’re ready to start automatically processing bite-sized chunks of our 3D animators’ and artists’ projects. You’re in full control of when YellowDog runs, how much of your computers’ processing power it uses and whether you’d like paying for the power used, or if you’d like it donating to charity.

Can anyone join?

If your server or workstation is running 64-bit Windows 7 or later, has a dual core processor and at least 8GB of RAM, then welcome to The Pack.

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Does it run on mobiles and tablets?

Not yet. YellowDog only runs on Windows servers and workstations. But it’s something we’re working on so watch this space.

How much money can I make?

How much you earn depends on how many jobs you process and how quickly your computer can chew through them. Typical earnings could be around £5 a week – that’s money for nothing except for the few pennies a day it will cost to leave your machine running.

How do I get paid?

You can decide whether to keep your rewards or to donate them to your chosen charity. When you sign up, we’ll ask you for either your bank account details or the name of your chosen good cause. Once we have your details, payments are made automatically each month.

Who’ll be using my power?

You could be helping major animation studios create their next big hit, or any number of 3D animators and artists, motion designers or visual effects artists get the brilliant rendering results they need to bring their ideas to life.

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How green is it?

We believe YellowDog is a very clean puppy. Until now, animators have had to use large datacentres that need constant cooling to work – often doubling the amount of energy they use compared to the same job handled by YellowDog on your computer. So as well as creating great art, you’re also creating a low carbon paw print.

Currently Supported Software

Autodesk 3D Studio Max 2013 – 2016

  • Corona 1.0, 1.1, 1.2, 1.4
  • V-Ray 3.0, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3
  • mental ray
  • Alembic
  • ATiles 2.5.2
  • Bercon Maps 3.04
  • Clone Modifier
  • ColorCorrect
  • Crossmap
  • FloorGenerator 2.00
  • Forest Pack 5
  • Multiscatter
  • Multitexture
  • Quad Chamfer 1.0
  • Rail Clone 2.6.0
  • Walls & Tiles
  • Visual Frame Buffer Plus 2
  • vrayswitchmtl

Autodesk Maya 2014 – 2016

  • V-Ray 3.0, 3.1, 3.2
  • mental ray

Cinema 4D R17

  • Physical Render Engine
  • SurfaceSPREAD


If you would like to get a better idea of
what a render job might cost,
email YellowDog at
or call +44(0) 330 223 2499


Raffaele Schiavullo
the authorRaffaele Schiavullo
ADMINISTRATOR - Senior 3D/Virtual Reality Specialist and Automotive HMI developer - Working in London and "insanely" passionate about technology and its creative applications


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