How cool would it be to have your own Render Farm, like the ones of WETA, Pixar or ILM fame? Sure, they’re pretty expensive and most often require a full-time technical team comprised of Ph.D’s to manage the hurdles.
But what if, perhaps now that bandwidth is both pretty good and cheap, you could use someone else’s render-farm to render your 3D-scenes—over the internet?
And just when you thought you had a fresh idea, it turns out someone else has been doing it for years. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised …
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How about an internet-only company hosting a massive farm in-house that you could rent time on for your very own purpose? Wouldn’t it be cool to send in your finished scene-file from Maya, 3D Studio Max or Shake to this company, over the net, and have their render-farm crunch through it for you?
It would probably be an order of magnitude faster than your own machine, especially if you’re doing a sequence of images, let’s say for a movie. And it wouldn’t be much of a hurdle to upload since these scene-files and textures aren’t necessarily that huge.
Powerful computing-on-demand could certainly be used for many other things than rendering pretty pictures. So what would you use it for?