Animation render settings

Hey guys,

I’d like to render my animation, but I have no idea what should I do…

I’d like to upload my 1920x1080 video to youtube and vimeo, without losing too much quality. Here are the settings I have at the moment. Are they any good, what do you suggest? Thanks in advance :slight_smile:

That bit looks fine - what about your Samplings, Light Paths, Caustics, Bounces and Motion Blur settings…

Sampling rate for renders is particularly important, depending on your materials, textures and lighting. Personally I never use less than 300 samples for any render and often up to 2,000 for my mainly mechanical models.

Cheers, Clock.

Wow, thanks for the quick reply! Here’s the video I was talking about:

It is just a WIP animation, using cycles. There’s more modeling to do and will add textures later on, so I kept things simple - basic lighting, 500 samples, nothing fancy :slight_smile: Main purpose is to get some feedback regarding the modeling.

Yep - had a quick look, it’s a good start and nice detail. I await the textures and materials!

Cheers, Clock.

Like clockmender suggests, there are many more settings and using them depends what you have in your scene and what affects you are looking for. For example, if you don’t have any transparent objects then you wouldn’t use caustics. Also, if it’s just a WIP, then do yourself a favor and use lower resolution (25%-50%) and fewer samples. Lastly, don’t render animations out to a video format… ever. If you’ve spent 30 hours rendering out and something were to go wrong with a single frame, or the power goes out, or your computer crashes, etc. then you are screwed. With rendering out to images, you don’t lose the frames already rendered. A good list of quick tips can be found here:


Thanks fot the tips Blurfoot! Actually I followed that tutorial you linked and rendered the animation to still images.