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Emilio Loizzo12 years rendering
by on Aug 4, 2010 at 2:35:39 pm

hi guys, i do a lot of 3d animation design: the last 4 sec project took me 6 hours per frame to render.

For the whole 4 sec file my pc spent 1 month rendering

gotta be a faster way to do that, otherwise i will watch the final movie, that should be 10 minute long, in approx 12 years (hoping that my pc will resist at 100% cpu for all this period)

I wonder how Pixar or Industial light & magic make 3d animations with those ridiculous rendering times, there should be a kind of external device that solve this problem.

so, i'm looking for a hardware that helps render 3ds max project,
i'm sure there is something like that on the market

thanks for your attention


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Joseph W. BourkeRe: 12 years rendering
by on Aug 4, 2010 at 11:26:48 pm

Emilio -

Do a search on "render farm", and you will find the answer. You will find that Max will do quite a fine job rendering off your animation as a frame sequence. What the software does (after you set up your render farm, put Max and necessary plugins on each of the machines, and tell your "master" copy of Max what machines are on the network) is to render off a different single frame on each of the machines, keep track of the frames that are rendered, and continue until the animation is rendered. It's then a simple matter to take the frames into After Effects, or just about any NLE as a frame sequence, and turn it into whatever video format you need.

The beauty of a render farm is that it can be accomplished with a bunch of relatively slow computers, and get a whole lot done at the same time. Here's a good rundown on how it's done:


Joe Bourke
Creative Director / Multimedia Specialist
B&S Exhibits and Multimedia

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Emilio LoizzoRe: 12 years rendering
by on Aug 5, 2010 at 3:52:24 am

Thanx Joe

render farm sounds very interesting, now i understand how 3d designers manage with complex 3d projects.

i found also various online render services like these:


they rent the power of their farm for the costumers, but I'm not sure if this services really works... i have to check


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