Many of us are repeatedly amazed by the beautiful landscapes in computer games and 3D animated movies, special effects in movies and creative solutions in advertising. All of them are created with the help of such modern technology as rendering.
Rendering is the process of creating a flat image (picture) based on the developed 3D model. Or, to put it simply, obtaining a photographic image by calculating the lighting (i.e. creating shadows, reflections and refractions of light, imposing glare) of objects, which gives them greater realism.
The rendering process is not an easy task. Rendering special effects for the movie "Avatar" took about 40 million computer hours. That is, if one powerful PC had been used, it would have handled this operation in at least 4,500 years. Today, the so-called render farm is used to speed up the computation process.
A render farm is an array of powerful servers dedicated to rendering. They can help to increase the rendering speed by several thousand times!
Who is useful
The main customers of render-farm services are design studios which need to get a naturalistic image of the object under construction. While the building exists only as a blueprint, and in its place is a foundation pit, where construction work has just begun, the client can already imagine the future environment with photorealistic sketches. The designer can easily fit the building in the surrounding landscape, draw people, cars moving on the street next to him, as well as set certain weather conditions.
In addition, the rendering process is indispensable for creating a virtual tour of the future or existing building. Staying at home, at your own computer, you can easily walk around, for example, the shopping center, located at the other end of town.
Also, fast and high-quality visualization is important for companies involved in the creation of videos. Colorful presentation or memorable commercials, a vivid three-dimensional image for outdoor advertising, or booklets - any of these products can be made with the help of rapid rendering technology.
The cost of renting the render farm is quite low, while the power of the farm allows you to render not only single files, but also long videos.
Moreover, renting a render-farm allows you to reduce the cost of production to create and maintain its own render-farm in full order. After all, in order to build your own render-farm, you need to rent space, buy a large amount of server equipment, provide cooling, as well as constantly maintain it in working order. At a constant load of render-farm, obviously, that its purchase and maintenance will be unprofitable. While renting a render-farm always allows you to get rid of unnecessary costs in a recession.
Render-farm is ideal for small studios and users who need to create a large number of three-dimensional images or videos in a short time.
Modes of operation
Render farms can work in two modes - online and offline.
The online render-farm operates around the clock and allows the operator (owner) to load scenes and monitor the rendering process independently. All processes on the online render-farm are automated. However, such a farm does not allow you to predict the time of rendering completion. For example, one scene can stand in a queue for several hours or days, as before your task will be very heavy project.
Offline render-farm (the majority of Russian render-farms work in this mode) - rendering process is started in the manual mode directly by the manager of the farm. Thus, you can always know how much time remains to process your project, and even with the existing load of the farm, you can get the priority setting of the project in rendering, up to start the process immediately after sending scenes to the operator, which is very important if your order must be ready within the specified period, which remains very little Moreover, it should be noted that the services of such a farm are often cheaper than those of an online farm.
Today there are more than 40 offers for renting a rendering farm on the domestic and foreign market.
Each of the farms differs in parameters such as power, price, mode of operation, reliability and, of course, quality.
Our Farm TurboRender
We offer you to get a fast rendering of any image on the basis of our own render-farm - an array of servers which many times increases the speed of calculation, thereby reducing the waiting time of the finished result.