BBC: Faster frames for student animators
Pay-as-you-go computer power could soon be helping animation companies and students finish their projects more quickly.
A prototype of a utility rendering service is being tested by researchers at computer giant Hewlett Packard's labs in Bristol.
The rendering service would create virtual server pools that could be used to process the complex images created by modern computer animators.
Already the HP Labs pay-as-you-go processing power system is being used by British animators to create animated 3D short films that showcase how the system works.
In all seven short films have been created using the on-tap processing system for an animation showcase called SE3D.