Cost/Time Estimator


1 - Project Information

Average computing time for a representative frame, rendered on your computer

2 - Your computer performance

CineBench allows you to test your computer capacity.
Download it on Maxon website.

3 - Estimate

Please be aware that

  • This Estimator is dedicated to animation only. It is not to be used to estimate a still image project.
  • This cost estimator does a reasonably good job of approximating the render time for animations, with a margin of error of +-20%.
  • The estimation displayed is just that: an estimation, and not a guarantee. Please make sure that the value you enter for the render time per frame on your system is really an average render time, and not the time of a random frame (which may be considerably lower than the average).
  • The accuracy of the estimation is proportional
    1) to the homogeneity of the frames and
    2) to the CPU load.
    In other words, the estimated render time will be very close to the actual render time if
    1) all the frames take the same time to render, and
    2) all the CPU cores on each node are running at 100% when rendering the project
  • The total processing time of a project includes the preparation time (distribution of the scene and scene elements, textures, etc. across the whole RANCH), the render time itself and a small project management time (ftp account creation, etc.). The time and cost displayed by this cost estimator correspond to the rendering phase itself.