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Old 04-12-2005, 07:38 AM   #1
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hey guys,
i need to do some batch render. it is taking a lot of time, and even though i keep it on in the night, it still is not enough time. so, i need to try and find a way to reduce this time. when i am running windows there are a lot of applications running in the background and with maya on as well; that takes up a lot of memory. and i only have 512MB. i have heard that maya can do batch render through DOS, and that should speed things up a lot.
i was looking through help files to try and find a way of doing this. but, i couldn't quite understand what they were saying.
so, i was hoping that someone over here can tell me what exactly i need to do in order to batch render in dos.
i have a windows xp, with ntfs file system. i need to render in mental ray. all the options are set and saved in render globals. the format is tga. maya has been installed in the default directory.
so, can you tell me from which folder i need to give the command? (maybe programfiles?) and also, the exact format of the command??
i don't know too much about rendering. (as must be obvious to you from this post ). and almost nothing about mentalray.
also, is tga the right format to render in? and then, how can i convert this image sequence to a clip? can i make a divx file? i have old premier 5.5, but it renders really horrible looking clips. is there any free software that i can download from the net that i can use?

i would really appreciate if you can help me out...
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Old 04-12-2005, 06:27 PM   #2
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...dont know about DOS rendering.

I will switch to LINUX next year. I'll put only Maya on it, but first I need to learn some basic commands for shell.

Try rendering in layers it will save you a lot of time.
Buy more memory its pritty cheap these days!

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Old 04-12-2005, 06:40 PM   #3
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ok then, how do i render in layers?? :blush: told you, i am really bad at rendering...

and yeah, ram is getting cheaper, but i was also considering buying a dvd burner. so, a little confused...
also, while we are on the subject; can anyone suggest the best brand for a dvd burner? i have a sony dvd read/cd write combo drive, but i am not too satisfied with the quality..
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ok...huge topic...aaa here's link:

Rendering in layers

If you render a lot you should learn it!

You cant go wrong with Plextor's burning machines!

Hope it helps!

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hey man, thanks a lot for the link. that page has got a lot of info.
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just what the doctor ordered.
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