This is my second attempt at posting this message and I hope it gets through this time…
I recently tried to do this myself so I hope I can help.
If you have a Mac then xgrid is one choice. Unfortunately, far as I can tell, xgrid is pretty poor without Mac OS X Server. It says it can run but there is little to no documentation. I personally tried to get this working with some help and discovered that it was not worth it because it just didn’t make sense and you would likely have to write some sort of script.
If you think this is the option for you here are some links I found helpful.
Distributed Rendering with xgrid. For an old version of xgrid.
xgrid-leopard-good-bad-ugly-and-new-stuff. This site may be down.
Apple Man Page
The second option is drqueue. It is used by many popular clients and looked promising until I couldn’t figure out how to build it. Hope you have better luck.
And last of all, the simple way. After giving up on those two programs I decided that my stuff was short enough and I didn’t have too many computers so doing it by hand wouldn’t be all that bad. Blender has a built in command line tool called (guess?) blender. Download blender on all the machines, stick a symlink in your path and fire it up with blender -h. It has lots of lovely options.
On the mac the blender command line tool is in Blender-what-ever-version-dir/blender.app/Contents/MacOS/blender. make a symlink of that not of the .app. On a PC it is probably in the same directory as the rest of the package (or it may be the actual thing you run itself)
Here is the purely command line way to do it. Do the above, scp your blends around, make sure you have good options on them. It’s always good to render single images such as jpeg as opposed to avi on a large scale because it is fail safe, you can have it fail and pick up from where you left off. Run blender -b FILE -o RENDER_PATH -s START -e END -a. If you have multiple blend files send each one to a comptuer and leave off the -s -e. Otherwise do the math :eek: and figure out which frames each computer should take. Then scp the results to your main machine and assimilate the files.
Note that I only have macs so these instructions may have to be adapted. There are many shortcuts to take if you have macs (maybe others?) such as:
• Mounting a volume via Bonjour or ‘Sharing’ and setting the render path directly to it via /Volumes/mounted_disk
• Using gui file sharing is infinitely better than scp.
I hope that helps!