Yesterday I started rendering a animation and as always realized way too late: This is gonna take ages.
So I started watching all the videos again about reducing render times, read all the articles and then tested it all.
Because I don’t want to do that again, I made a checklist for the most important settings/things to think of when reducing render time.
The checklist is especially useful if you know these settings already and just forgot about them (or some of them) since the last time. If not: I included some tutorials specifically for the settings.
The settings are all grouped together in a (hopefully) useful way, so that you dont have to jump between panels etc. to check them off.
Its just a first draft and I did it while rendering (hah) so feel free to give me feedback for improving it.
Have a great day
Edit: Btw, I included “baking light, texture and material to a texture” because I didn’t see it in another tutorial and it just saved me so much render time! It shaved off 2 minutes and 40 seconds for each frame. So if you have a static scene I can only recommend it.
Edit2: Updated the file.