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Rendering: A new sunrise in the game design industry

Current technology and a wide range of software applications have made our lives smoother and hassle-free. Be it related to banking, healthcare, education or art industry, technology has made things simpler and easier for us. Rendering is one such concept that is widely used by the animators and the game designer to offer a more realistic experience to the viewers.

Here, in this article, we will discuss rendering, its types, and uses. So, let’s begin!

What is Rendering?

Rendering is a concept that is used to create life-like images on a screen. It is a process of adding shadow, lamination or color to a 2D or 3D image by the use of application programs, to give a life-like overview.

Types of Rendering

Rending can be done ahead of time or simultaneously and based upon that there are primarily two types of rendering, which are as discussed herewith:-

  • Real-time rendering
  • Pre-rendering

Real-time rendering

It is the process of creating a life-like image from a model/scene in less than -33 milliseconds. This means that an image is updated for around 30 times a second. Real-time rendering is a widely used concept in video games.

Pre-rendering

Pre-rendering is the process of generating a life-like image of a model/scene ahead of time. It is widely used in creating animated movies.

Where is Rendering used?

The concept of rendering is being used in all the segments, such as 3D graphics, video, and audio. Let’s have a look at all of these.

3D Graphics

3D graphics are rendered from the 3D models which define the shape of the model. By means of rendering, we are able to add textures, brightness and surfaces to the model, giving it a real-life appearance.

Video

Those videos and 3D animations that contain Computer-Generated Imagery (CGI) are required to be rendered prior to viewing the final overview. A typical video clip which contains around 24 to 60 frames per second (fps) is required to be rendered before exporting it. The time taken for rendering depends upon the video length, resolution, processing power and frame rate.

Audio

It may happen sometimes that a number of audio tracks which are having different audio effects are played simultaneously. In such a situation, it may become very difficult for the CPU to render these effects in real-time. Therefore, in such cases, pre-rendering can help in rendering all the audio effects.

Some of the rendering software

  • V-Ray
  • 3Delight
  • Thea Render
  • Audacity
  • Ableton Live
  • HitFilm Pro
  • Lightworks

Experts view

Rendering is perfect for creating photorealistic images on architectural projects, textures, lights, and environments. Everything can be manipulated to achieve perfection renderings with professional and competitive quality.
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Eduardo E. O, Graphic Designer-

Being able to use other systems as render nodes on the network also makes creating larger and more complex renders a little less painless as one is able to reduce the time needed.
- Brandon B, Senior Designer, Defense & Space Enterprise

Rendering allows one to create life-like materials, which are as close to reality as possible. It allows adding effects like emission, reflection, opacity, refraction to a model in real-time as well as pre-timed. So, if you are an animator, game designer or architect, then the concept of rendering is exclusively meant for you.

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