Back in 2012, I had to produce a photo-realistic shot for a client. They set a pretty tight deadline. After I got most of the work done in Blender, I rendered a few frames and realized my mistake.. I was going to miss the deadline because of the poor performance of my computer...
I tried to hook up my computer, laptop and some other laptops from friends together on the same network, as sort of a home-made render farm: that didn’t work very well.. The different computers ended up rendering a lot of frames double and it was quite hard to work with..
The secret to rendering faster
After a few stressful days, I managed to get it all done and made the deadline (barely). But there was no time left for improvements.. Some months later, I was talking to a friend about this problem. He runs an IT company and told me you can actually use "the cloud" to do heavy calculations like 3D rendering. That seemed a very interesting idea so I decided to give it a try.
We created a system
Together with an experienced developer, we built a system that was able to render Blender scenes extremely fast "in the cloud". When we got it working, it was such a big relief! It allowed me to create stunning 3D shots and meet very tight deadlines. I was even able to make quick changes to my scene if the client requested so (and they always do).
Other Blender heads
After rendering my own Blender scenes successfully with this system, I decided to share it with the Blender community. Basically everyone with a working internet connection could now give it a try. Soon enough, other Blender artists discovered Blendergrid which allowed them to render their scenes a lot faster:
Now it's up to you
Now it’s time to see how fast we can render your scene. Imagine hundreds of computers running Blender and rendering frames of your animation! You can upload your Blender scene here at step 1, and go through the process. You can even tell us how long the rendering should take, to make sure it will be finished well before your deadline so you'll have enough time left for post processing!