Editing can be done quite quickly once a concept has beed discovered. But what about the render time that slows the production process down. How do we charge clients for this?
Thanks for your advice
This has been covered a few times in the Business and Marketing forum, but typically if the rendering is done during the edit session you bill your regular rate. If the rendering can wait until after hours, we bill a modest machine time as it's still wear-and-tear on your machine.
Not only that, but when it's rendering your project, we can't use the machine to work on other people's stuff, so there's an "opportunity cost" to rendering that means you're losing money if you don't charge for the render time.
You're using the machines, and what the machines are specifically doing on your time is less a factor than the fat they are running on your project during that time. People who discount overnight renders are being charitable, IMO, but I wouldn't expect that to be a universal policy.