Chapter 16: Introduction
Harmony is a revolutionary team-based infrastructure for animation production. Its array of cutting-edge features increases productivity and encourages creativity. Developed in conjunction with leading studios worldwide, Harmony is specifically designed for long-term episodic and feature length projects, providing a true animation pipeline. Several animators can work simultaneously on the same scene while the asset library provides users with easy access to up-to-date media assets.
Harmony is truly scalable; more than 100 staging clients can share animation just as easily as a few can. Whether you are a start-up studio or a large established animation facility, Harmony serves as the animation backbone ensuring sustainability and growth.
Harmony is a powerful solution that brings together multiple teams working on the same project, whether in-house or remotely. The Harmony solution offers a robust asset management system that enables users to quickly locate assets, share tasks on complex scenes and centralize all assets in a common repository. Tremendous gains in efficiency and quality are made by the teams, who enjoy a smooth flow between each task, and more time dedicated to their creative assignments.
At the heart of the Harmony solution is the server, which centralizes all the production assets in a repository. Loaded with production proven tools to manage administration tasks, the server is completely flexible and will fit in your existing infrastructure, whether you are on Windows, Linux or Mac.
In addition, the server is critical at the end of a production for rendering projects efficiently. The Render module, controlled directly by the server, not only renders production scenes but also executes the batch vectorization of the scanned drawings. You can connect an unlimited number of Render nodes and change priority depending on the deadline! You can also render final frames locally or batch process over a network in the background or at scheduled times.
When you're running a studio, you will most likely have a database setup. This enables all the artists working on your production to share the same scenes and assets.
What the Toon Boom Cloud enables you to do is to host this database on the Internet. Then, you can have freelancers log in from anywhere with an Internet connection. They can download a scene from the database, work on it, and upload it again. No more need to spend time copying files to an FTP. No need to have an admininstrator exporting and importing files from the database. You can do it all directly through the Cloud.
What's in this Guide?
The Toon Boom Harmony Control Center and Server Guide was created to help you set up and manage your Toon Boom Harmony Server and rendering queue.
This book is divided as follows:
|•||Control Center Module|
|•||Harmony Cloud Module|