So I uh.. found this copy of Vistapro 4.0 And I though it would be fun to kick out an animation. At 320×100 this took a whole 8 minutes to render on my laptop.
I though that was cool, but I was mistaken in thinking it was multi-threaded while it rendered. I have access to a machine with 16 processor cores, so I setup a rendering machine, and found out very quickly it was only using one core. I think their final product Vistapro renderer may have used multiple cores although the company that sold it went bankrupt quite some time ago. Anyways I rendered this animation at 1080p and it took about two hours.
For a while this kind of ‘virtual reality’ and desktop rendering of places was quite popular. Although Vistapro originated on the Amiga, but without a numerical coprocessor and fast processor this may have taken weeks or months on a stock 68000. I haven’t tried, and I’m in no hurry to find out.
I didn’t insert any music or audio, so it’s just 48 seconds of the camera going around.