[Sidefx-houdini-list] Houdini and deadline... again txt only!

Antoine Durr antoine at floqfx.com
Fri Nov 7 14:46:57 EST 2008

If you want to process a .hip file on the queue, it will have to use  
either a master or batch license.  There are special license token  
flags that tell hscript to first use batch tokens, and then fail over  
to using master tokens.  Thus why we tend to generate .ifd files, and  
just send those to mantra directly.  This also takes care of *what*  
to render, as it is whatever is in the .ifd file.

So the queue job will need to do basically this:

   cat file.1234.ifd | mantra

and redirect the output into a log file.  Unfortunately, I do not  
know the equivalent Windows syntax.
If you still want to use the .hip files directly, you will need to do:

echo "render -V myDesiredROP" | hscript

Both hscript and mantra quite possibly have command line flags that  
will do the equivalent of the cat/echo portions of the above statements.

-- Antoine

On Nov 7, 2008, at 11:36 AM, <gravatar at gravatonia.com>  
<gravatar at gravatonia.com> wrote:

> Are any of y'all using Houdini with deadline?  Unfortunately it is  
> the only farm
> software I have available to me right now at UIC.  My sys admin is  
> trying to work
> it out with them, but from what he has told me, Frantic doesn't  
> even use houdini
> in house.  Seeing as I am the only houdini guy in my department it  
> looks like I
> am going to have to try to trouble shoot this myself as much as  
> possible.  When I
> try to use a houdini render job, it errors out stating that it  
> can't find the
> mantra node.  I also tried ifd's using the mantra renderer, and  
> neither I nor the
> sys admin could make heads nor tails of the error and still am  
> trying to figure
> out how to get it to use the frame number ifd to the frame being  
> rendered using
> deadline's gui.  If any of you are using deadline with houdini  
> successfully,
> please contact me.  I'm pulling my hair out here.
> That being said, how can I render my ifd's or even hip files  
> without using my
> master liscenses? I one have three master liscenses but I have 30  
> render
> liscenses available.  I'm afraid I got a bit lost on the  
> documentation on how to
> do that.  Hell, if I need to I'll write a script to do it, if I  
> could be pointed
> in the right direction on what to right.  Look forward to hearing  
> from everyone.
> Grav
> p.s.  Off subject, but anyone know any good tutorials for bringing  
> mocap into
> houdini?
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-- Antoine

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