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    Network Rendering Strategies

    How has everyone been dealing with network rendering?
    Does Backburner work for Revit? Is there another alternative?

    We are a small firm of about 10 people and do not have a render farm, only a spare computer or two, how are other people dealing with rendering and not losing crazy amounts of time waiting for your computer to finish?

    #2
    If you're rendering a walkthrough, it is usually a good idea to set the animation to render different segments on different machines.

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      #3
      Backburner doesn't work for Revit. There's no way to do network rendering in Revit. You could export to 3D Max, that is, if you have the software...
      Indeed, Walkthroughs can be cut into pieces: copy the file a few times, and set a specific amount of frames for each instance.
      Also, you can open Revit multiple times. Let one process render and work in another. Only works on multicore machines with LOTS of RAM installed (or it'll freeze). No guarantees...

      A last option would be project Neon, a cloud rendering service (with limitations...)
      Martijn de Riet
      Professional Revit Consultant | Revit API Developer
      MdR Advies
      Planta1 Revit Online Consulting

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        #4
        Take a look at Indigo Renderer for Revit. Pretty slick. It's a two-part program that works as one: a Revit plug-in that exports the Revit scene to an Indigo-ready rendering file, and the renderer itself. You buy a node license for each computer you want to participate in the network rendering process. And the images are just lovely. From Photon to Photograph | Indigo Renderer

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          #5
          Originally posted by stl4310 View Post
          How has everyone been dealing with network rendering?
          Does Backburner work for Revit? Is there another alternative?

          We are a small firm of about 10 people and do not have a render farm, only a spare computer or two, how are other people dealing with rendering and not losing crazy amounts of time waiting for your computer to finish?
          Instead of rendering an AVI from Revit, render it out to jpgs and stitch them together in Windows Live Movie Maker or something similar. You will save about 3 days worth of time and the final output is just as good, if not better in my experience. http://www.revitforum.org/rendering-...ew-albany.html was done this way.
          Revit for newbies - A starting point for RFO


          chad
          BEER: Better, Efficient, Elegant, Repeatable.

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            #6
            Since 3ds Max is included with Revit now with 2014....it should be the logical choice for rendering instead of purchasing other software. I know I am looking forward to doing walkthroughs this method...(Once we get 2014 installed on all the machines)
            Michael "MP" Patrick (Deceased - R.I.P)

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              #7
              Max or Indigo

              Max and Backburner should be indeed be in the running. But I understand that this combination does not work on single images, as Indigo does. Rather, being animation-based, it assigns a whole animation frame to each participating computer. If I have this wrong, somebody please tell me!

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                #8
                Backburner could also be used for one image. The image is cut in horizontal pieces, that can be processed by the available network nodes. At the end the image will be created automaticly in full size. You can set the height in pixels for the pieces if I remember well. If you use Vray you can also use distributed render feature where every core in the network participate in real time on the same image (so you will see small rectangles for every core with the name of the PC involved)
                gaby424
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                Last edited by gaby424; May 20, 2013, 07:43 PM.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by mdradvies View Post
                  Walkthroughs can be cut into pieces
                  ...and PLEASE cut your walkthroughs into pieces! Watch any visual media like film or TV....they never stay on the same "camera shot" for more than about 8 seconds. Anything beyond that and we, as consumers, start to lose interest. (8 secs is our attention span).

                  What ever you do, tell a story. Do not draw one long camera path from the front door through the entire building and back out again without a single "cut-away" to a new camera angle. Those walkthroughs are PAINFUL to watch!
                  Scott D Davis
                  Sr. AEC Technical Specialist
                  Autodesk, Inc.
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                    #10
                    Octane for Revit is coming

                    Octane Render

                    -rpict

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