BURP aims to develop a publicly distributed system for rendering 3D animations.
Currently this is a BETA project which means that certain restrictions apply.
Not all uploaded sessions will actually be rendered right away - and sometimes you will not be able to contact the schedulers for short periods of time.
Please note that this project is still in its testing phase and does not yet provide the security and stability of a
full-blown BOINC project.
Alpha users may upgrade their account by clicking
Correction to the previous news post
A tiny little spelling error got into the news item from 1st of April causing it to look like BURP had been acquired by Facebook. The intended text was of course: "Happy 1st of April!"
9 Apr 2014 | 18:03:22 UTC
BURP has been acquired by Facebook inc.
In a short press release today the California-based company Facebook Inc. announced that they have bought the BURP rendering platform including all assets for $21 billion.
"Facebook Chairman and CEO, Mark Sugarbird" wrote:
I'm excited to announce that we've agreed to acquire BURP, the leader in BOINC-based online rendering technology using Blender.
Facebook's mission is to make the world more open and connected. This has mostly meant building mobile apps that help you share with the people you care about, but at this point we feel we're in a position where we can start focusing on what will come next to enable even more useful, entertaining and personal experiences.
BURP's mission is to enable you to experience the impossible.
Together the technologies open up the possibility of completely new kinds of experiences!
The buyout is just one in a series of large technology investments made recently, but the price tag completely dwarfs that of the Oculus Rift.
As a consequence of this merger there is going to be some changes in the near future:
- All accounts will be merged with existing Facebook accounts and will be automatically converted to use your real name and personal picture (regardless of your security settings)
- We're adding support for playing mini-games while uploading sessions. You can add credit card information in the user account settings to make in-game purchases easier.
- Random delays of around 3-5 seconds will be added to the website from time to time for no apparent reason.
- If a session contains references to known living persons it will automatically post a link on their wall through WhatsApp with Instagrammed 3D previews from the rendered animation, easily browsable with any attached Oculus Rift.
1 Apr 2014 | 12:00:00 UTC
The PR department has yet to come up with a good name for the new platform but has revealed that to honor the legacy of both parties it will most likely be some combination of the words "face" and "burp".
Big Buck Bunny, Sunflower movie version released
In 2008 the Blender Foundation created an open movie called Big Buck Bunny and released it and the source files for everyone to enjoy.
For a while now, the BURP renderfarm has been working on an upgrade - a stereoscopic, high resolution and high frame rate rework of Big Buck Bunny, completely open in the same spirit as the original.
Today you can watch the results for yourself:
You can post back comments in the Sunflower thread
18 Dec 2013 | 21:58:01 UTC
Danan completed his short film: "Tripping"
One of the graphics artists on the site recently completed his short film, called "Tripping". This movie is a good example of the kind of indie production that the BURP service was originally created for.
You can watch the movie, read more and comment in Danan's thread
29 Sep 2013 | 11:21:46 UTC
Correction to previous news item
A tiny little spelling error got into yesterday's news item causing it to look like BURP had been acquired by Netflix. The intended text was instead: "Happy 1st of April!"
2 Apr 2013 | 17:21:44 UTC
Sold to Netflix
BURP has been sold to Netflix for a two-digit million euro figure - the exact amount is not disclosed at this time.
Netflix CEO, Mr. Willnot Read Hastily, Jr. says:
Part of our goal is to become better than any competing service. So far we have done this by suggesting movies and series that fit you based on previous shows that you have watched. Now, giving you the most personalized experience ever seen on the online platform - even beating Youtube by several orders of magnitude - we will go above and beyond anything you could possibly imagine.
31 Mar 2013 | 21:43:27 UTC
What Mr. Read is talking about is this:
Starting with the merger of Netflix and BURP into BURPFlix you will now not only get suggestions based on your watched shows. Instead entire movies will be rendered for you based on your viewing preferences. For example: if you liked watching "The Mask" with Jim Carey and the renowned "Titanic" directed by James Cameron you will now automatically be offered "The Masktanic" with an entirely new and exciting story - all in full 3D, rendered live for you by thousands of contributors worldwide.
These are very exciting times indeed!
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