OctaneRender was one of the industry’s pioneers in GPU rendering when it first launched. And since then has become a household name for powerful yet fast rendering. Octane has unbiased rendering and it can expand GPU rendering through the cloud. Although more powerful than other render engines, the Octane render Blender has some drawbacks. If your computer is not powerful enough, you will waste a lot of time and money waiting for the result. In this article today, let’s explore some ways to speed up Octane for Blender projects.
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As we all know that OctaneRender® is the first and fastest unbiased, spectrally accurate GPU render engine in the world. In addition, it offers quality and performance unmatched by any professional renderer on the market. Octane was developed by Otoy in 2012. Octane is a plugin for DCC (such as Maya, 3Ds Max, C4D, Blender). So we can understand that Octane render for Blender is a plugin that integrates into Blender. Moreover, it can extend Blender rendering capabilities.
Octane with Cycles (Image Source: Flickr)
Here are some reasons why Octane is recommended by many artists as one of Blender render engines.
- Octane provides a real-time render viewport window (Live Viewer). Users can virtually watch a rendered scene in real time with Live Viewer. It is an excellent feature that not many render engines have.
- Blender has “LiveDB” which is a great resource for setting up materials quickly. When time is too tight to create a material from scratch, you can always use the ‘LiveDB’ database of materials that come with Octane to create a starting point for what you need.
Besides the pros, Octane render Blender has some cons. For beginners, no rendering engine is simple. Users will take the time to learn this render engine for proficient use. Additionally, the cost is a drawback because Octane licenses only cover one application. If you want to use Octane, you need to have enough budget.
Octane Renderer (Image Source: Unity)
3.1. Update your hardware system
Like other software, Octane requires a powerful workstation enough to work. According to Otoy, your computer needs to meet the following minimum requirements hardware requirements so that Octane can work fine:
- Latest CUDA® 10 drivers and a CUDA-enabled NVIDIA® video card
- RAM: 8GB (minimum) and recommended 16GB or more.
- GPUs from the GeFore
- Single GPU (Multiple GPUs – recommended)
Better hardware will optimize your projects and avoid significant lagging, crashes, and other issues. Here is recommendations set up:
- CPU: Intel Core X-Series up to 18 cores; AMD Ryzen 7 7700X 8 Core; AMD Threadripper PRO 3955WX 16 Core.
- GPU: GeForce RTX 3080 Ti 12GB; RTX 3090 24GB; RTX 4090 24GB. They are powerful graphics cards of NVIDIA, especially GeForce RTX 4090 24GB.
- RAM: 32GB or more
- Storage: SSDs for the primary drive.
3.2. Some basic tips for rendering faster in Octane Blender
Firstly, based on the Node Editor in Blender, Octane’s workflow can be significantly accelerated. Scenes may be made considerably more effective by using the node editor, whether it’s in the Octane Standalone app or, more crucially, in the host application.
Secondly, it can save a lot of time if you can use small samples for preview animations. You should use as many samples as you can when working with animation, even for client preview work.
Thirdly, in Blender, you can use LiveDB for setting up materials quickly. It also helps you save a lot of time. From metals, fabrics, liquids and skin there will be a Material preset available within LiveDB to download into your scene to help you on your way.
3.3. Use Cloud Render Farm to speed up your rendering
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