Just Rendering …
Tips to efficiently deal with waiting

Rendering, a strange piece of daytime activity what every editor, colorist and animator knows all to well. It is a moment of stasis in the busy life of a freelancer. A moment to think about your life, how little you actually slept, or how much more remains to be done before the day is over. But do we make the best use of this moment of silence? Or do we gaze apathetically at the renderbar until it is complete?

Of course we can wait, have lunch, have a nap, read a book, watch tutorials or spend our money. On the Internet (remarkably enough!) you’ll find a lot of blogs with tips to help you get through this grueling moments. We have optimized our CPU and RAM, and disabled other applications in order to get the most from our computer. Yet we remain to hang around to keep an eye on everything.

Watch folders exists for a while and are useful when you want to divide many renders on multiple computers. But there are more ways to be efficient with your time during a render task. My personal favorite is the BG Renderer which notifies you via a text message when the job is done and you will have to return from shopping that afternoon. Like to check your render on the go? Then you can both set it up via your email or dropbox.

It differs per software how much time you lose with it. I work a lot with DaVinci Resolve, which creates my renders almost realtime to me. But now media encoder is also linked to After Effects (the king of the long waiting times) you can now continue working on your project in the mean time. And that is for the time being still more efficient than to spend your money before you have earned it…