Decrease render time by deleting body parts?
Hi folks! I'm at a point in this learning process where I'm ready to create a few videos. I got the shock that you all must have experienced at some point, as well. My 10 second test video was going to take 2 1/2 hours to render! That's 15 hours per minute!
Since this video will be from the character's perspective, only his arms will be seen, so I'm wondering if anyone knows of a way to delete all but his arms, to speed up render time. Hiding, of course, has no effect. I'm using a basic Genesis figure, but if earlier models are easier with regards to removing parts, I'll be happy to go with one of them.
I worked so hard on lighting and shadows, and other elements, I'd really prefer to get rid of what's NOT necessary. Any help would be deeply appreciated.