I was in a bit of a crunch for render time a couple of weeks ago, and as a student and independent artist, I couldn’t really afford to pay one of the big cloud renderfarms to render my projects.
A friend asked me if I had ever looked at Amazon Web Service’s Elastic Computing and he wondered if it was possible to set it up as a renderfarm.
Well… I looked into it… and yes, it is possible to set up Amazon’s EC2 as a renderfarm!
I primarily use 3DS Max or Maya which comes with its own renderfarm software, Backburner.
After several days of futzing about, I finally managed to get my own renderfarm up and running. Best of all, you can get an 8 core machine at a rate of about $0.50 per hour with a virtually unlimited number of machines at your disposal.
I wound up able to render out what would’ve taken my own single machine 110 hours to render in less than a day using my little renderfarm on EC2.
Anyway… I posted a series of videos on my website on how you too can set up your own Backburner renderfarm on Amazon’s EC2 service.