And to celebrate, I've opened an account on Amazon Web Services and have started some render speed tests using Blender. The first of which is just a quick one (well after getting a windows server instance set up along with blender and ftp)
This first (CPU only) speed test is a simple *Aiko with clothes and Hair in Blender Cycles. The "lighting" is just a sky texture (preetham) in world settings, Render Sampling at just 100. I used mCasual's mcjTeleBlender3 script to get Aiko into Blender, saved as as .blend and ftp'd it to my aws windows instance (I'll talk more on setting up AWS another time)
Rendering test at 2000X2000 resolution, 100 quality setting in Blender -output shown below scaled down for web.
Core2Quad Q6600 @ 2.4Ghz with 8GB Ram (my own pc) - 6 minutes 33 seconds
AWS C4.8xlarge (Intel Xeon E5-2666 v3 -36 vCPU with 60Gb Ram) - 25 seconds
*Note that the server instance is not accessible to the public , files are only uploaded for rendering and deleted afterwards to comply with Daz T&C.
If you render using iray in Daz Studio you will be aware that to take advantage of gpu rendering you are limited to your cards memory. Reducing texture sizes (along with deleting anything that wont be in your render camera's field of view) will help stay within your memory limit.
mCasual posted a script a while ago that can load multiple resized images and now Esemwy has released a new script that reduces and replaces textures in your scene with the reduced sized images
Amazon Polly is a text to speech service that runs on Amazon Web Services with a choice of 47 voices and 24 languages.
Those who have tried various TTS systems may recognize the current voices are from Ivona.com which is now owned by Amazon. This is actually good news because now, by signing up to AWS you can get the voice output of 5 million character texts per month for free during your first year with AWS
I've found these voices to be the best on TTS over the years (Just from taking interest in such technology) and although they are a looooonnnggg way from replacing voice-over artists (not that we'd want to), they are not too annoying and could be used for things like short info videos, adverts or even tutorials - by anyone who wants just clear speech on their productions. Developers can now also integrate Polly into their applications.
Daz Related - To lip sync real voices in Daz Studio use Mimic Live
TODAY! - a choice of freebies on the Bonus Week page. I nearly missed this thinking a purchase was required but no -I added the items and entered the code at checkout
I just got six freebies...
Go go go -it is hard to choose from so many!
More free poses for Genesis 3 Female posted on the Daz Forum..
Zeddicuss continues with the free Pin up poses for Genesis 3 Female
A couple of free poses from Tako Yakida here in celebration of the release of Legendary Adventure poses for G2, G3 male and female