Creatives Rejoice: Blockchain to Help Scale CGI and Video Rendering Projects

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by Maria Konash · 3 min read
Creatives Rejoice: Blockchain to Help Scale CGI and Video Rendering Projects
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Cloud based rendering software Leonardo Render is set to revolutionize CGI industry using blockchain to help creators finalize their work in the fastest and most convenient way.

The CGI industry is always being disrupted by new technologies. But perhaps it has never been disrupted like it is right now. It won’t be noticed in the latest blockbuster. It won’t drive critics to the theaters. But it will make CGI, animation and creatives easier for developers. Blockchain is providing the latest disruption to the CGI industry.

Blockchain is providing a necessary disruption to a growing problem in the CGI industry. Rendering. Rendering is the process of 2D and 3D graphics being transformed into photorealistic or non-photorealistic images. It’s the last phase of CGI development and it can be really cumbersome.

The speed of rendering has been a problem for some time now. It can seriously delay projects’ launch and make it challenging for beginners and students to learn the skills of the industry and meet strict deadlines. Speed of rendering is directly dependent on processing power, which is incredibly expensive. And even on the most powerful computers imaginable, rendering is still a long, slow process.

Consider Pixar, arguably the world’s leading CGI and animation studio. They contain a supercomputer that is considered to be one of the top 25 in the world. They have over 2,000 computers with a combined 24,000 cores. Their data center has no rival. But even with all that power, it still took them 29 hours to render a single frame from their film Monsters University. Combined, the film took over 100 million CPU hours to render. That’s about 10,000 years on a single CPU.

How Leonardo Render is Fixing Render Speeds

This is what one company, Leonardo Render, is trying to fix with the power of blockchain. Leonardo Render is a cloud based rendering software that using the power of blockchain to access the computing power from GPU farms to render images and movies on personal computers.

Boasting the fastest cloud based rendering service ever built, users are in control of how fast their render will be, based on the number of GPUs they’d like to purchase. The more GPUs used, the faster the render will be completed. The price starts at $0.25/hour per GPU. Not only it is the fastest cloud based rendering service, it is also the cheapest.

Intellectual property is always secure. Files are data encrypted and strict security protocols ensure the user that their property is protected. With the power of blockchain, Leonardo Render has created an option never possible before – real time rendering.

Leonardo Render is not only great for developers and artists, it is also great for GPU miners. In the blockchain world, GPUs were primarily used for mining Ethereum. But the payouts between the two blockchains do not compare. An hour of mining Ethereum earns about $0.027. Meanwhile, a single Leonardo GPU render miner will earn nearly $0.50 per hour. That’s an increase of over 1,700%.

Recent Developments With Leonardo Render and What’s Next

During the last month, the team at Leonardo Render has been taking an unconventional approach to gaining support for their project. They’ve been touring Asia. They’ve been to Korea for the MARVELS World Blockchain Summit and number of cities in China, spreading awareness and gaining support.

CEO and co-founder Marco Iodice commented about the trip East:

“We are so grateful to the amazing hospitality that has been presented to us and the outward display of support that has been shown towards our project.”

What’s next for the new blockchain? Their main priority has been preparing the launch of the beta version of their software, which they say will be ready within the coming months.

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