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Team Render dropping frames?

26 June 2014 - 12:57 PM

Every time I import an .aec from C4D and bring in the mattes and other passes, they're missing frames, even though nothing came up. Sometimes the computer that sends out the job freezes and then the .b3d files aren't converted. Sometimes there's a shedload of .tmp files in there. Either way, there doesn't seem to be a checking thing built into Team Render. If I ask for 100 EXR frames, that's what I expect. Anyone else had this?


I'm on a 4-core iMac and the render nodes are all mac pros


ta x

Phong/normals on meshes occupying same co-ordinates clash

05 December 2013 - 09:49 AM

See here, I've made these models look like they're trying to burst through a condom. It's great and all, except that the deformed meshes always cause a crease between the undeformed polygons and those polygons that the Collision Object is stretching.


I will go away and play with using the Stretch and Falloff vertex maps - according to the help page on the Collision object, the Stretch mpa field determines the smoothness of the transition between the deformed and non-deformed polys. But in practice that's not really happening. Adding a hypernurbs doesn't smooth the crease like HN subdivide would, instead the crease is reinforced by the subdivision.


Does anyone know how to make two surfaces that are on the exact same plane not to intersect and fuzz up at render time? The Connect object isn't working in this case.


To test, try glomming a plane onto a cylinder with the Surface modifier - you'll soon see what I meant if you do anything interesting with it...


The amazing AE multiprocessing render trick I never knew about

02 September 2013 - 10:43 AM

Sounds like a spam post, but no. Just saw this video from James Whiffin yesterday. You set up your AE render queue with "Multi-machine settings" for both output module and render settings (default is PSD sequence btw) and then set off as many BG Renderer instances as you have processor threads. It is scary fast. Amazing.
Obvs you need to stitch the image sequence and add your sound bed, but that's what Quicktime Pro is for, right?
The added bonus is that if you use RSMB a lot and have to re-render crossed frames (you know, the orange cross that Reelsmart says means you're a pirate even if you bought the f'kin plugin an hour ago) each instance calls up the single frame it needs, skipping the ones that the other BG Renderer instances are working on - meaning no more crossed-out frames!


Edit: Got a bit excited there. No, RSMB is truly on a mission to ruin my life.
Happy rendering boyos (yes, I know about 20% of you are all too aware of this, just thought I'd spell it out).




GM FoldLayers

30 August 2013 - 10:48 AM

Anyone got the GM FoldLayers to send me? It's not on the Good Motion website any more.


Or...are they charging for it now? Gonna head to aescripts to see now.


Thanks peeps!