[Sidefx-houdini-list] hq render help

Gerbrand Nel g at cannonballbunny.com
Tue Mar 17 11:48:48 EDT 2015


Hey rob. thanks for helping!
For now, I'm just trying to render through queue on my own machine.
I want to queue some render for tonight.
OS= win8.1
Found the error, but I don't really know how to fix it.
It says "The network name cannot be found."
G
On 17/03/2015 15:23, Robert Vinluan wrote:
> Hi Gerbrand,
>
> Are you submitting jobs to a local HQueue or the Amazon cloud?
>
> And if local what OS are you using for your farm?
>
> When a job fails you can typically find the error on the HQueue web 
> site by diving into the job and its child jobs.  There should be a 
> Command Output text field for the lowest level failed job which you 
> can view or download.
>
> Cheers,
> Rob
>
> On 2015-03-17 7:27 AM, Gerbrand Nel wrote:
>> 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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