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For an animation of 10k frames I would like to find a tradeoff between render time and quality. With a given approximately render time of 1 minute per frame it would take 167 hours (a week, 24h per day) to render the full animation.

For outdoor scenes I simply increase the number of samples to achieve this.

For indoor scenes I use the Limited Global Illumination preset plus Ambient Occlusion and fiddle around the distance slider until the image looks 'bright enough'.

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The lighting test scene has transparent windows, some emitting planes.

The results are:

with 50 samples (3 minutes): enter image description here

with only 20 samples a lot more noise (~1 minute) enter image description here

Which settings should be taken into account when trying to reduce noise for a given render time?

Completely different approaches are also appreciated.

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Reduce max bounces to 4(you don't need more), Use filter glossy to maximum. Use like 50-75 samples. Try to avoid using roughness(it makes a lot of noise). Make object Mix shader and put shader in bottom, than set the factor. There are a lot more suggestions which should help. Here are some more things to use.

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