If network render doesn’t meet your Blender project needs than this is the tutorial for you. Have up to 100 slaves/nodes/grunts work on one frame at the same time for complex scenes.
I run through how to setup network render via command prompt or cmd.exe, how to setup CGRU, and how to setup Loki Render with tile support and run grunts/slaves via command line with the ability to save logs on slave nodes. Sit back, relax, grab a coffee, spend the next hour with me and learn all you need to know about getting your Blender renders faster and your render farm efficiently automated with command line instructions with free open source software because Blender should be free to use to it’s full extent.
Table of Contents:
00:00 - Introduction
01:12 - Networking Diagram and Explanation
05:24 - Blender Network Render Setup and Command Line
18:47 - CGRU Setup and Command Line
33:40 - Loki Render Setup GUI and about tile renders
44:30 - Loki Render Command Line Setup
01:06:19 - Recap and Final Remarks
01:11:35 - Outro
Blender Network Render Commands:
blender -b master.blend --addons netrender -a -noaudio -nojoystick
blender -b slave.blend --addons netrender -a -noaudio -nojoystick
Loki Render start grunt command w/ fail safe:
del .loki.runningLock & java.exe -jar lokiRender_062b.jar blender.exe 2>&1 | tee log.txt"
Tip: If you don’t want to install blender on every node just point to a copy of the blender executable on the network drive but make sure to copy the entire blender folder.
Tip: Loki Render works with Cycles and Blender render engines.
Tip: Loki Render will not work with multiple network adapters enabled
Tip: CGRU only will work on 64 bit systems
Tip: Network Render Baking on Network is broken don’t use it
Tip: Loki Render doesn’t use gruntcl as an argument even though recent documentation states it does the argument should be the location of the blender.exe file
You can download tee for windows here copy to System32:
Note: I renamed wtee.exe to tee.exe
If you have Windows Home you can get task kill here copy to System32:
If you have Windows Home you can get tasklist here copy to System32:
Download Java Here:
Download Loki Render Here:
Download CGRU Here:
Download Blender Here:
Can’t get remote desktop on Windows XP Home try AvidError’s tutorial:
Don’t know how to share folders on your LAN?:
Thank you to Royalty Free Music… B…s for the royalty free music:
If there is enough need for it I will do another tutorial of starting grunts/slaves with Loki Render for Linux and Mac OS using terminal as well.
Hope you enjoy this extensive tutorial