AccuRender nXt

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I'm trying to send an animation to the RenderFarm.

I would expect that each frame is sent to a Farmer node, rendered and saved in the shared folder.

However, this doesn't seem to be the case.

On this test, I've sent the first 4 frames to the Farm where there are 4 nodes.

However, the Farm Monitor shows that only one node is processing as there is only 1 task listed.

Am I misinterpreting the way things work?

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I'd have to check, it's been a long time since I looked at this, but I believe it bundles a bunch of frames together (perhaps packets of 16?).  Try a hundred frame animation and see what you get.

I tried 90 frames and it split it into 5 tasks.

The trouble with this is that if anything goes wrong, or you need to interrupt the rendering process, you lose lots of renders rather than just 1 or 2.

Yep.  It's a compromise-- for most people batching them together makes them much more efficient in terms of time / frame.  The time it takes to send the data around and load it in can be significant for most animations.  Things have changed a bunch in terms of network efficiency and hard drive speed, so I'm not sure I would take this approach with the new stuff.

Is there any way of finding out how many frames in a packet, so that I can optimize the number of frames between 4 nodes?

Looks like it's hardcoded to 20 frames / task.

Thanks Roy.

I'll base the number of frames on multiples of 80 then.

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