yeah give me, say $25k and I'll make one for myself. but as you cans ee, even they have render times no less than 6 minutes per frame, and in my animation I the MAx render time per frame was 8:21 and min 3:02 minutes respectively!
very interesting video though
I have attached for you the original software used in that render farm. If you have two computers (say a desktop and a laptop) then you have a render farm. Any type of computer can be a farm node. You can go around your house and turn every computer into a node. I myself have 2 desktops and 2 laptops which can be used as render farm nodes. Pretty cool business. Since they're simple scripts they can be modified to run with any cli rendering tools for any software.
I bought the Sintel DVD and it had the render farm on one of the DVDs. I also pre-ordered their most recent movie which I expect to have equally cool goodies on it.
The power of a render farm comes into play when you divide and conquer. Let's say you have a 20 frame animation and you have a render farm of 4 computers clustered together. Each computer can take 1 frame to render simultaneously. So while the average rate of rendering a frame is 6 minutes like you say then a render farm of 4 nodes can render 4 frames at the same time. So a 20 frame job which would take 120 minutes on a single computer would take only 30 minutes on a 4 node cluster. That's why it's so useful.
20 frames *
6 min/frame =
120 minutes rendering.
20 frames /
4 nodes *
6 min/frame =
30 minutes rendering.
This means if you rendered 20 frames with a 20 node cluster the whole render would only take 6 minutes as a best case scenario.
For those who don't know, a node and a computer are interchangeable terms. A cluster is 2 or more nodes which work together to accomplish a common task.
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