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Seperate Rendering Computer?
show user profile  Jock
Alright guys, got a question for you.

So now I've been working for a week or so, one thing i'm finding time and time again is that a fair bit of every day is spent rendering. I mean do any you guys have a setup wherby you'll have one computer for working on and another purely for rendering?

It seems like it would be the answer to my issues but wondering if its the done thing or not or whether theres another solution i'm not thinking of.

Thing is the pay for each job isnt huge but the reason it ends up decent money is down to the fact I can turn round so many in a day, so I dont think a render farm is a viable option as it would probably cost too much. At least i'm guessing having never actually used one.

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9/30/2011 10:45:04 AM (last edit: 9/30/2011 10:45:04 AM)
show user profile  BishBashRoss
If your using VRay you can set up DR and render on both machines at the same time. Great for stills, I assume that's what you're producing. I find I can model while rendering also, as long as thread priority is low enough.

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9/30/2011 10:55:08 AM (last edit: 9/30/2011 10:55:08 AM)
show user profile  Jock
Yeah its vray i'm using and doing stills 99.9% of the time.

I cant model on mine while rendering as it pisses me off too much. It stops and stutters all the time to the point where its far better to leave the thing and just work on it when its finished. Its weird though because sometime are better than others. Sometimes i'll use photoshop and do say the internal while the external is rendering and sometimes it works fairly good but others it just stutters away and you get nothing done.

If I was to get another computer to help render i assume it could be a fairly stripped down and cheap computer? So just make sure that its got a decent cpu and some ram?
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9/30/2011 11:08:54 AM (last edit: 9/30/2011 11:08:54 AM)
show user profile  BishBashRoss
Aye, you can skip the fancy graphics card. Another good reason for having another machine is RT can be run on both machines improving your preview speed.

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9/30/2011 11:20:45 AM (last edit: 9/30/2011 11:20:45 AM)
show user profile  Jock
Hmm that solution would actually solve one other issue which is what do I do if my computer goes down, because every minute its down is less money.

Might have to buy myself a new computer! Wait till I tell the wife that one.
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9/30/2011 11:23:08 AM (last edit: 9/30/2011 11:23:08 AM)
show user profile  BishBashRoss
I have head that renting can be more tax efficient than buying. Could be something worth looking into.

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9/30/2011 11:33:04 AM (last edit: 9/30/2011 11:33:04 AM)
show user profile  Mr_Stabby
if its a non HT cpu set max priority to below normal in task manager, if its a HT cpu set its affinity to 1 core less then all of them. This way you still get 99% of your rendering speed but it wont freeze up the computer as it gives priority to other things when needed, otherwise max is an egomaniac

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9/30/2011 1:09:26 PM (last edit: 9/30/2011 1:09:26 PM)
show user profile  Jock
Mine is an i7, that counts as HT right?

Also, if so, where do i set the affinity as it sounds like it could be just that i need to solve the issue. At least then I could do the post work while rendering.
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9/30/2011 2:04:48 PM (last edit: 9/30/2011 2:04:48 PM)
show user profile  BishBashRoss
I7 has hyper threading yes. To change the core affinity right click the process in task manager.

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9/30/2011 2:23:29 PM (last edit: 9/30/2011 2:23:29 PM)
show user profile  STRAT
i've just had to get in another computer for rendering purposes too. 50% of my time is basically twiddling my thumbs waiting for the buckets to do their job. what a waste.

luckily, i have a firm that pays for things, but even so, they still had to account for it. but the fact i can work all day now and render simultaneously on my other computer is too valuable a workflow to pass up. The second computer is fairly highly specced, but should pay for itself within a couple of jobs easily. all i needed was the extra system unit. no monitor.


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9/30/2011 2:29:59 PM (last edit: 9/30/2011 2:32:22 PM)
show user profile  Jock
Surely you need a monitor to see what youre doing when you pass the job to the other computer or are you using DR?

And cheers guys, i'll give that a bash and see if it helps.
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9/30/2011 2:56:20 PM (last edit: 9/30/2011 2:56:20 PM)
show user profile  Jock
Oh and will that save that for next time max is open or will i need to reset it each day?

Scratch that, i'll do it and see...Doh!
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9/30/2011 2:58:05 PM (last edit: 9/30/2011 2:58:27 PM)
show user profile  STRAT
i actually already have 3 monitors. but im also getting a switch box installed asap aswell


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9/30/2011 3:05:15 PM (last edit: 9/30/2011 3:05:15 PM)
show user profile  BishBashRoss
I just use remote desktop to control any other machines.

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9/30/2011 3:31:26 PM (last edit: 9/30/2011 3:31:26 PM)
show user profile  Jock
What a difference, works a treat!!

Thanks a lot Stabby, this is going to help out so much.

Edit: Honestly this is a godsend and will make a huge difference. Maxforums is the place to be!
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9/30/2011 5:40:24 PM (last edit: 9/30/2011 5:49:48 PM)
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