When I make a character, I usually make and render a test animation with him. Usually, I set the first 30 or so frames of the animation as the character in his initial position. That adds up a lot of render time just to render the same frame over and over again. Is there a way to make it so it only has to render that frame once, and skip right to frame 31?
I also heard someone talking about being able to render static backgrounds and objects once, and only have to render the moving parts of the frame from there on out.
Can anyone tell me if either of these are possible, and how?