Blender 2.83: Cycles now has Adaptive Sampling
When you start any rendering with Blender Cycles for architecture it is imperative to set the value of your sampling limit. That limit will have a direct impact on several aspects of the render like image noise, render times, and more. Once the sampling limit is set it will impact all of your renders.
For some projects, it might be a waste of processing time to use the same amount of sampling for all parts. It is inevitable to have certain parts of a render requiring more samples than others. In some external renders, there is a setting called Adaptive Sampling that makes distributing of samples across a render a dynamic process.
It can drive more samples to parts of a render generating a lot of noise like transparent surfaces and glossy materials. Until Blender 2.82a we didn’t have anything like that with Blender Cycles. But, it is about to change with the upcoming Blender 2.83.
A recent update in Blender 2.83 alpha added the Adaptive Sampling option for rendering.
That simple setting can make a huge difference in architectural visualization projects because it has the potential to allow us to use fewer samples for complex scenes.
With no Adaptive Sampling, you would have to increase the overall samples count for an entire image to get a noise-free render, even if the problem is in a small area of your render. As a result, you need more time to render a project because of a few problematic spots.
Having Adaptive Sampling is a great help to get noise-free images with a smart distribution of processing for each render.
How to test it? If you want to get Blender 2.83 alpha to play around with Adaptive Sampling you can download it from this link. The expected release date for Blender 2.83 is somewhere around May (2020).
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