Hey, I am new to the whole 3d art and rendering thing and have some questions, regarding rendering. I am going to be starting an animation project. I know that render times can be horrendous and that is why I am looking at ways to reduce them. Looking at what your program does and the videos it clearly helps reduce render times.
My question is, all the videos I saw were using high power workstations as part of the render nodes and the latest video had most of them using Graphics cards. Is there any video or statistics for rendering with crowd render at home with say a gaggle of average computers doing CPU rendering? Given how massive the cost would be to outfit a work station with 6+ graphics cards just to get the render times down to a low level I would have to sell both my kidneys to afford it. I am just a lower middle class guy so all my rendering needs to be solved on the cheap.
So to that end, I was planning on buying them cheap and stacking them deep. I have found on ebay and Newegg and even locally, lots of quad core computers with slim and mini form factors for under 200$ and thought about just buying them as money came available and making a render farm out of them. But they are not workstation class. And that is why I was hoping that you would have some information on the performance of a small render farm using your software. I have also found cheap rack servers on ebay, like 64 core Opteron or a C6100 with 4 nodes with 2 quad core xenons each.
But I am sorry for the long post, I just want to get my ducks in a row and know what I am going to do and plan my expenditures accordingly. My google-fu is not working very well and figured I would come here. Again, I am very sorry for the very long post and if I was not clear on anything let me know.
Only other question was, if my animation had lots of different things like water or fire or cloth and shattering objects, I assume that all has to be in the blend file? I am not sure how blender saves that stuff.
Thanks again and I look forward to your reply!
But they are not workstation class. And that is why I was hoping that you would have some information on the performance of a small renderfarm using your software.