Render Farm Instructions for Cinema 4D

A render farm is a group of networked computers that work together to speed up rendering. This is achieved by parcelling out the frames to be rendered amongst the networked computers. The networked computers that do the rendering are called "workers".

CalArts has a render farm that works with Maya, Cinema4D, and After Effects. For render farm support, send an email to 2popsupport@calarts.edu.

Preparing and Submitting your Cinema4D Job

  1. In order for the render farm workers to render your shot, the project file and all assets (including textures) used by that project file need to be in your Renderfarm folder on the server. Copy your project file and all assets for that project to your Renderfarm folder if they are not already there.

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  1. Open your project file from the Renderfarm folder on the server and check that all your assets are loading correctly. The paths to your assets (such as texture files) in your Cinema4D scene should all point to locations in your Renderfarm folder on the server.
  2. The render farm can only render out image sequences, so make sure that your scene is set to render out an image sequence (for example, a PNG sequence). Also, be sure that your scene is set to render to a location inside your Renderfarm folder on the server.

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  1. Now that you've confirmed your render settings are correct, save your scene file. Go to Scripts > User Scripts > Qube_Submit_OSX.

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  1. The Qube! ArtistView submission pop-up window will appear. The Frame Range field will be auto-filled with the frames to render. If the frame range is incorrect, you can manually enter a new frame range in this field. For example, 1-100. You can also use commas to separate groups of frames for example: 1-100, 150-170, 191, 192.

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  1. The Priority field determines what order jobs will be rendered on the farm. Jobs with a higher Priority value will get rendered before jobs with a lower Priority value. Please set the Priority value of your job to a lower number if your job isn't urgent. You can increase or decrease the priority of a job after it has been submitted. Click Submit at the bottom right corner.
  2. Your job has now been submitted to the Qube! render queue. Close your project without saving your project file.

Saving your project file after submitting could cause problems.

To learn how to monitor your render jobs, see Render Wrangling with Qube! ArtistView.




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