A render farm, as its name implies, is an extensive network of computers connected together to provide high-end computing power to tackle rendering demands. In technical terms, each machine within this farm network is called a Node.
A regular render farm offering rendering services can be made up of hundreds to thousands of computers with each computer incorporating high end and efficient processors that are tasked to render 3D scenes into 2D images.
These 3D renders may consist of photorealistic effects or non-photorealistic rendering. 3D scenes can be either movies or animations. These scenes demand more computing power which most single systems cannot provide. Even if an individual system manages to meet up with these demands, the time it will take to render will be significantly larger. But with a render farm, the render time will be reduced.
Generally, there are two types of render farm providers – Manual Rendering and Automated-Cloud Rendering companies. The difference between these two form or rendering providers lies in their ordering process, their ability to support different software, and how they provide rendering services to end users.
With a manual rendering farm, the end user must be in touch with a staff or employee of the rendering company beforehand – this is to ensure that the software or plugin they company utilize can support his/her source files.
If everything is confirmed and “Okayed,” then the source file to be rendered is uploaded. After that, the technical team will estimate the cost and time it will take to render. Once the end user agrees to the company’s demands and fees, the rendering will begin.
The overall process involved with Manual Render Farms can be overwhelming; It can be time wasting if staff or employees take long to reply end-users’ enquiries. Besides that, it is not economically advisable for render farm companies; especially when it small rendering projects are involved.
However, some rendering projects require a technical operator to control, monitor and solve probably mistakes throughout the rendering process. In situations like this, a manual rendering farm is the best option.
This type of rendering farm is a recent innovation. Its utilization is as a result of the evolving rendering market. Unlike a manual rendering Farm Company, an automated-cloud rendering farm company gives the end user the ability to create a rendering file online through its web-based system automatically.
On this kind of setup, the price and time are calculated and set automatically. And the level of consumers’ trust is high. You will also be able to see the rendering progress at any point in time. In other words, this system of rendering is termed Instant Render – this means the render will begin as soon as you are done with uploading your project.
Irrespective of the technical issues you may come across this kind of set up, it will save your time in most cases.
At Render Boost we understand that no one kind of rendering farm is the ultimate. Both settings are necessary, and each one comes with its own advantages. That is why we run both the Manual Render Farm and the Automated Cloud Rendering Farm.
We have been in the rendering business for decades, so we know the ins and outs of what a quality rendering should be. Besides that, we are laced with experienced employees who have worked on both types of rendering systems for decades – reviewing customers rendering needs and monitoring rendering processes.
Overall, our technical team at Render Boost will serve you with the best quality at any time – whether you require the manual, automated-cloud or both services.
Apart from our rendering services being fast and secure, we are available 24/7 to review all your needs.