[Sidefx-houdini-list] hq render help

Gerbrand Nel g at cannonballbunny.com
Tue Mar 17 04:39:58 EDT 2015


which build did you use Peter?

On 16/03/2015 18:16, Peter Bowmar wrote:
> I just went through this, sadly Indie does not support IFD writing, so you
> basically need one Indie per machine that you want to render on, making it
> quickly become very expensive to run your own farm. It's also extremely
> inefficient since you need to run an Hbatch just to render a Mantra frame,
> sucking up much more memory and also increasing the time taken per frame. I
> was a bit disappointed :(
>
> Having said that, Indie is good value unless you want to render on a farm.
> I tried to use Amazon's AWS for rendering but have had no luck yet getting
> it to work.
>
> Cheers,
>
> Peter B
>
> On 16 March 2015 at 07:43, Marco Merletti <marcomerletti at gmail.com> wrote:
>
>> 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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