Blender Tutorial – How to Speed Up Renders using Google Colab for Free!

By Micro Singularity

In this Blender tutorial I will show you how to speed up your blender renders using a free GPU on Google Colab. Google Colab is an online Jupyter notebook service for running python code and google provides users with free GPUs and TPUs which can be used for rendering Blender files very quickly.

In this tutorial I will show you in a few, very easy steps how to write the code that you will need in order to render your blender files on the cloud. Once the code is written, it is a simple process of just uploading your blend file to Google Drive and running the script.

In the video, I perform a simple speed comparison and show that Google Colab decreased my render times by about 9 times!

Part 2 demonstrates how to render animations in Colab:

00:00 Introduction
01:09 Download Demo Files
01:53 Setup Blender File
03:28 Start Google Colab
04:20 Explain how the Code Works
10:45 Run the Code
12:47 Google Colab Render Time
13:50 Laptop GPU Render Time

I’ve uploaded the code to my GitHub account here:

https://github.com/microSingularity/blenderGoogleGPU

A list of all Blender command line options can be found here:

https://docs.blender.org/manual/en/latest/advanced/command_line/arguments.html

Hope you find it useful!