[Sidefx-houdini-list] hq render help

Gerbrand Nel g at cannonballbunny.com
Mon Mar 16 09:50:57 EDT 2015


Thanks Francois
I'll look into that!
This is all very new to me.
Everything I do requires me to watch a video tut, or read something, but 
it sure is allot better than learning that "other" software.
G

On 16/03/2015 14:35, François Duchesneau wrote:
> Hi,
>
> I'm not familiar with Indie but on SideFx website they say it uses its 
> own file format for saving scenes and assets. The error message you 
> get sounds like it cannot generate IFDs.
>
> In case you don't know, IFD is a file format that Mantra, the Houdini 
> render engine understands. The number of render licenses is unlimited 
> but you still need a license to generate those IFDs that contains the 
> geo, camera, lights, render settings, basically everything in your scene.
>
> What I suggest is to try if can save an IFD from a Mantra node inside 
> Houdini directly. To do this you have to activate the checkbox under 
> the Driver tab, if I remember well, next to the file path box. My bet 
> is that you'll be able to save it but it's gonna have its own format, 
> something like .ifdnc. If that's the case this means hQueue might need 
> some tweaking to tell it to generate an .ifdnc instead of an .ifd.
>
> Keep in mind that even if you had a full version of Houdini you still 
> need one hbatch license per computer that generates the ifd. However 
> there are ways to organize your workflow so that in the end the IFD 
> generation if so fast that you can do it sequentially on your 
> workstation and then submit this bunch of IFDs (one file per frame) to 
> hQueue and it render it on your many computers on the farm with the 
> free Mantra licenses.
>
> Francois
>
> On 03/16/2015 06:38 AM, Gerbrand Nel wrote:
>> OK I really know nothing, so I'm mostly just clicking random buttons 
>> after not understanding the help file :(
>> I do get the following error though :
>> "Indie does not support generating disk files"
>> I know this is not really the way to go about learning things, but if 
>> someone has advice to give, I'll take it !!
>> G
>> On 16/03/2015 12:13, Neil Scholes wrote:
>>> Hi the installation help is fairly self explanatory, I believe I'm 
>>> correct when I say that you need a batch or engine license per 
>>> machine that will generate ifd's.
>>>
>>> So in theory you can use client and hq server to render ifd's 
>>> generated so where with out needing the batch license ....
>>>
>>>
>>> I may be wrong.....
>>>
>>>
>>> Neil
>>>
>>> Sent from my iPad
>>>
>>>> On 16 Mar 2015, at 08:46, Gerbrand Nel <g at cannonballbunny.com> wrote:
>>>>
>>>> So I have a indie and indie engine license.
>>>> My understanding is that I can use this to render on more than one 
>>>> machine, but I have no clue how to set this up.
>>>> I looked into the hq render node, but the help file assumes I know 
>>>> more than I actually do.
>>>> Anyone have a link to some step by step info in baby-english on how 
>>>> to get this working.
>>>> Thanks!!
>>>> Gerbrand
>>>>
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