[Sidefx-houdini-list] hq render help

Gerbrand Nel g at cannonballbunny.com
Tue Mar 17 07:27:55 EDT 2015


I just tried it again with build 14.0.258.
It successfully sent it to the hq server, but it failed rendering.
I cant seem to find a log or reason as to why it failed.
Advice anyone?
G
On 17/03/2015 10:39, Gerbrand Nel wrote:
> 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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