[Sidefx-houdini-list] hq render help

Marco Merletti marcomerletti at gmail.com
Mon Mar 16 10:43:13 EDT 2015


Hi Gerbrand,

for what I know the free mantra tokens are just for the "full" Houdini
version. With Indie you should use .ifdlc (limited commercial). Check this
thread:
https://www.sidefx.com/index.php?option=com_forum&Itemid=172&page=viewtopic&t=35251
I hope it helps!
Cheers!
Marco

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2015-03-16 10:50 GMT-03:00 Gerbrand Nel <g at cannonballbunny.com>:

> 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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