How Much Does Rendering Cost

How Much Does Rendering Cost

Educating Clients
4 months ago

Introduction

The cost of rendering is determined by your specific goals for the rendered content. To provide a proper answer, we require some context.

In this Blog we did not cover the following 3D niches- Movies, Games, VFX, and render farms. These niches do not offer 3D Rendering services. They are not typically asked about pricing or service costs. Render farms primarily rent CPU or GPU cores. At 7CGI, we specialize in 3D Product Rendering and Architectural Rendering. Therefore, our discussion on rendering costs will be centered around these specific areas of the 3D Rendering industry.

We occasionally struggle to accurately estimate the cost of a 3D Rendering project. First we need to understand the factors that influence rendering costs, otherwise it can be challenging to determine the extent of their impact.

Factors that affects the rendering costs

1. Project Complexity

A project can become more complex because of different reasons. One reason is the amount of detail in the project. Projects can be small or big, and each has its own special details. The technical needs of a project also make it more complex. Every project has its own technology needs that should to be taken care of.

2. Required Combined Skills

The required skill sets for the project are crucial. Technical abilities, management skills, communication capabilities, and more are all necessary. If you hire someone who only specializes in 3D Modeling without rendering and artistic skill, your project will suffer and cost more. The service provider's limited expertise will result in inefficiency and longer completion time.

On the other hand, the more skills are required to combine to complete your rendering project the more it will cost.

3. Quality Requirement

The time it takes to complete a 3D rendering project can vary based on the quality requirements. The term "quality" refers to the level of attention to detail and creative efforts in the deliverables.

4. Time constraints

Time constraints can increase the rendering cost. The service provider may over charge for his extra efforts over the weekend.

5. Service provider's location

Location is indeed important. It may not be necessary to visit the site or have a physical meeting. In such cases, it might be a better idea to hire a 3D Rendering Service provider from countries with lower living costs. However, ensure that you do not have to compromise on communication, as service providers from overseas often struggle due to language barriers.

6. Project's size

The size of a project can be determined by several factors. While a 3D rendering project may not necessarily be complex, it can still be large in size. The number of images involved in the project, which may not require extensive experience or highly valuable skills, can have an impact on the time it takes to produce them. Additionally, the resolution of the images or videos can also affect the cost of rendering. For instance, a 4K video will cost more and take longer to render compared to a 2K video. The project size is determined by the number of rendered images delivered and the length of the animation, video, or 3D modeling work required.

So, now let me ask you what type of rendering you are thinking of when you are asking about the rendering cost? if you are not sure about the project scope of work and would like have some guidance from an expert. please book a meeting with Abdullah here. Discuss anything without reservation. You are not committing anything.


How you can reduce the cost of rendering?


Rendering can be expensive, but there are ways to decrease costs. Both the project owner and 3D artists must work together to achieve this. The 3D artist is responsible for addressing the following aspects:

  1. Optimize Your Models: Before starting the rendering process, make sure your models are as optimized as possible. This means reducing the number of polygons in your 3D models and using simpler textures where possible.
  2. Use Efficient Lighting: Lighting can significantly impact the time it takes to render an image. By using efficient lighting techniques, such as baked lighting or ambient occlusion, you can speed up the rendering process and reduce costs.
  3. Leverage Cloud Rendering: Cloud rendering services allow you to use powerful servers to render your images, which can be faster and more cost-effective than using your own hardware.
  4. Reuse Assets: If you're working on a project with multiple scenes, try to reuse assets as much as possible. This can save time in both modeling and rendering.
  5. Render in Layers: Instead of rendering your entire scene at once, consider rendering in layers. This allows you to make changes to one layer without having to re-render the entire scene.
  6. Use Lower Resolution for Previews: When you're just checking how your scene looks, render it at a lower resolution. This will save time and resources, and you can then render at full resolution when you're happy with how everything looks.
As a project owner, it is essential to approach the project with a fresh perspective.

Is the 3D Rendering truly necessary for you?

Are they intended for marketing and sales purposes? Or are they aimed at obtaining concept approval? It may not be as costly to create renderings solely for brainstorming or to secure a project. Consider incorporating conceptual renderings during this phase of your project or for this specific purpose. Keep these points in mind:

1. Create detailed instruction

A solid brief is crucial for 3D artists to avoid wasting time and increasing rendering costs. Detailed project descriptions, specifications, background ideas, texture, reflections, lighting, mood, image purpose, resolution, and file format should be specified. All specifications should be ready before the 3D artists start working.

2. Establish proper communication

It is more advantageous to collaborate with someone who speaks the same language as you. Throughout the project, there will be frequent back-and-forth communication. Depending on the nature of the project, the level of communication required can be extensive.

3. Know your vendor's working procedure

At this stage, it is advisable to save the entire project. Do not be confused by the hourly rates or pricing. A high pricing may indicate two things: complexity or size of the project that will require time, or inefficiency and unsuitability of the vendor for the type of work you need.

Likewise, a low hourly rate does not necessarily mean you will spend less. If you align yourself with the right team for your project, you will not only save money but the entire project as well. This approach will also save you time. Ensure that the individuals or team have the necessary tools and established a smooth pipeline.

4. Access to a large library of 3D Models

Make sure your vendor has access to a large library of 3D models. Ask them to show off what they have in their library. If they make assets from the scratch the cost for rendering can sky rocket.

5. Image resolution

Your print specialist likely requested an enormous 8K image for the billboard. However, it's important to consider that billboards are typically viewed from a distance, making high pixel density unnecessary. Opting for 4K images would suffice in most cases and if you work with a trial project.

6. Run a few test project with multiple vendors

If your project is extensive or requires ongoing support with similar projects, consider collaborating with multiple vendors to establish an efficient pipeline. This will help you determine the most suitable vendor for your needs and also provide clarity on the overall cost of your project.

Conclusion

By now you have the basics of how the prices of 3D Renderings are determined. We have separate price guides for Architectural Rendering, Product Rendering, and Interior Rendering. Please visit the pages below based on the industry you are coming from. You are going to have a close approximation of 3D rendering costs from there. We do have price calculators in each page. Which gives a good breakdown of the costs too.

If you have any question or concern regarding the blog. Please email Abdullah at abdullah@7cgi.com

About the author

Abdullah Albaki, founder of 7CGI studio, sitting in a chair smiling .
I have been leading 7cgi Limited since 2015. 7cgi limited is a team of 3D artists with diverse skill sets. My role is to provide direct one-to-one creative guidance. We have developed certain practices and automation that made the production of 3D models and photo realistic renderings extremely efficient and cost effective. All of this happened under my leadership. I take pride in the success the team has achieved so far.