This article provides information about the Chaos Cloud rendering service and what a credit is worth in the context of rendering a still scene.
Тo make the learning process easier, we use Chaos sample still scenes. By rendering these locally, we can compare render times with the respective Chaos Cloud render time. The latter is given for each sample scene below its preview. The comparison gives you a better understanding of what is achievable with Chaos Cloud and at what cost.
The sample scenes are divided into four sections, each for a different 3D host app in which they are created — 3ds Max, Maya, SketchUp, and Rhino.
This guide doesn’t require you to have Chaos Cloud credits or previous experience with the service. All actions from this guide are executed locally on your render machine.
Select Scenes For Your 3D Host App
If you are using one of the 3D host apps listed below, please use the links to go to the respective sample scenes and download them in order to continue with the guide. Please have in mind that the scenes are created and rendered with the latest available major V-Ray version. Please install this as well or the results might be inaccurate.
Sample scenes for:
Select Your V-Ray Engine
There are sample scenes for each of the major V-Ray engines: the regular V-Ray CPU engine and V-Ray GPU. You can distinguish the V-Ray-GPU scenes from the rest as they have “GPU” in their names. Download the scenes for the V-Ray engine you want to compare with Chaos Cloud.
Set Up The Scene For Local Rendering
Before downloading a sample scene, check the two types of settings — Low and High Quality Settings — we have used to render the scenes in Chaos Cloud. Select the settings you want to test and download the sample scene from the link with the respective settings. By rendering the scene with one of these settings, you are able to make a fair comparison with Chaos Cloud as the initial conditions are the same.
Compare Results With Chaos Cloud
For each scene you see its cost in render time and credits for rendering in Chaos Cloud, just below its preview image. After completing the local render, compare the local render time to the one from Chaos Cloud. This gives you a good example of how much a local render will cost (in time and credits) to render in Chaos Cloud. Then make a comparison to one of your scenes.
Have in mind that there might be discrepancies between your scene and the sample scenes depending on the content of the scene and its settings. It’s always better to start in Chaos Cloud with a render with low quality settings to see whether everything renders as expected and how long it takes.