3D Animation Expertise Will Be Boon for Business; Small Firms Set to Benefit from UK's Biggest 'Computer Farm'

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3D Animation Expertise Will Be Boon for Business; Small Firms Set to Benefit from UK's Biggest 'Computer Farm'


Byline: BY HOMA KHALEELI Daily Post Staff

A "COMPUTER farm" in Merseyside could help solve crimes, build new developments and make movies when it is launched in June.

Render Nation was set up at Liverpool University to help small businesses which use three-dimensional computer animation.

And when the company, aimed at architects, animators and forensic scientists, goes live it will be the biggest in the country, according to its MD Jim Mooney.

Mr Mooney said 3D animation was now used in many different fields.

Crime reconstructions in court, architectural plans and whole films now relied on the realistic look of 3D images, he said.

But the process behind each blade of grass in an animated movie such as Shrek was extremely computer-intensive, he explained.

Mr Mooney said: "Each picture has to be drawn frame by frame and it can take hours for a computer to generate the shadows and reflections to make it look real.

"A typical animated movies is 5,000 frames, each taking a day per frame."

To speed up the process Render Nation will have a "farm" of 400 computers, allowing a project that would normally take a single computer 17 days to complete, to be finished in an hour. …

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