As 3D technology became more accessible and affordable, different categories of people started using 3D rendering farms. These include production agencies, post-rpoduction studios, architects, industrial designers, and 3D artists. The majority of users are professionals who make a living from it, but there are more and more students and hobbyists who are choosing 3D. This is especially true for Blender, as it is open source and therefore easily available to all users free of charge.
Should a render farm be claimed?
Everything depends on the specifics of your workflow and the projects you are working on. It may be that you are using them for some of your work or that you are a normal user. Here are a few scenarios where the users of a render farm could help:
- The modeling is complete, you`ve started rendering and noticed that it`s taking too long and you`ll miss the deadline.
- You need to render an animation and the whole rendering time is going crazy.
- You need to show the client the latest changes now and your computer isn`t fast enough.
- You have a frame that takes 24 hours to render and you need the computer for something else in the meantime.
- When rendering, your computers make the same amount of noise as a hair dryer – they disturb the working environment.
These are just a few examples from my own experience. There are probably many more situations where a render farm would be a great help.
Do I need special skills to use a render farm?