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Render farm questions - Deadline
show user profile  9krausec
Hey folks. I have some general questions for you.

I'm hooking up a small Maya/Vray render farm at work and I need a couple things cleared up.

If I'm the only one doing any rendering (only one using the slaves) is it necessary to have a render management system like Deadline? Or would I get be fine with using Vray DR?

Also, will this render management system allow me to send a job to be rendered and continue working on other projects? Or will it freeze my computer up? Do I need Maya installed on the slaves?

In Clayton's ideal world, I want to be able to submit a render job, continue working and have the farm pop frames out to a specified directory. What do I need to do this? I only have experience with Vray DR which just added more horse power to my workstation (which is great), but seized my computer up as it became one of the render machines as well.

Thanks all! It's been a long while since I've done any networking for rendering

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7/18/2015 11:12:24 PM (last edit: 7/18/2015 11:12:24 PM)
show user profile  9krausec
Got it all squared away (bud helped me out).

You need a render manager to do be able to send jobs while you still work. Simple as that. Deadline, backburner, whatever.. Vray DR is direct is just going to add buckets to your workstation.

Glad I got that sorted.

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7/19/2015 2:00:14 AM (last edit: 7/19/2015 2:00:14 AM)
show user profile  LionDebt
I heard there was this new fangled cloud based render thing. It had a shit logo though, so I wouldn't trust it.
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7/19/2015 2:14:25 AM (last edit: 7/19/2015 2:14:25 AM)
show user profile  9krausec
Lol. Mrako's solution is top notch. Our company will be using to for final rendering of larger animations (or at least I'm going to push to have room in our budget made for it).

We have a little shit render farm. Good for material development and streamlining scene setup, but not so much for large ass animations.

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7/19/2015 3:45:59 AM (last edit: 7/19/2015 3:45:59 AM)
show user profile  donvella
Ive used deadline quite a bit as well as backburner. backburner can do the same job and its free however difficult to troubleshoot when things go wrong as the error codes arent usually specific enough to give you a solution to your problem, and autodesk wont help you (surprise!)- its alot of trial and error.

Deadline is very reliable and easy to use, alot more control. Great for render wranglers and also allows you to render your composites on blades as well (from nuke to after effects to fusion etc). Great support as well for any issues that arise.

To answer your questions all blades need the software installed you have on your workstation (including all plugins). You can submit to deadline/backburner and keep working on your local while it renders on the other machines. Once you setup the slave on each machine and the manager (preferably on an idle machine) you net submit your job to the licence manager and then you can either select a node or send to any available slave.

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7/19/2015 9:43:25 AM (last edit: 7/19/2015 9:43:25 AM)
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