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dunx100
11-11-2009, 04:20 AM
Hi There

I'm running LW9.6 on a MacPro, connected to a PC network - are there any good solutions to rendering using the network......I can't see how to make Screamernet work!

Thanks
Duncan

Scazzino
11-11-2009, 10:11 AM
My online tutorial Mastering LightWave ScreamerNet for Mac OS X (http://dreamlight.com/insights/10/welcome.html) goes through using ScreamerNet on the Mac.

One thing to be aware of is that all the file paths are different between the PC and the Mac (and even between the CFM and UB versions of LightWave on the Mac). So to render with both Macs and PCs on the same ScreamerNet network you'll need to use a third-party controller that remaps them on the fly, unlike the built-in controller.

:goodluck:

littlewaves
11-11-2009, 10:31 AM
My online tutorial Mastering LightWave ScreamerNet for Mac OS X (http://dreamlight.com/insights/10/welcome.html) goes through using ScreamerNet on the Mac.

One thing to be aware of is that all the file paths are different between the PC and the Mac (and even between the CFM and UB versions of LightWave on the Mac). So to render with both Macs and PCs on the same ScreamerNet network you'll need to use a third-party controller that remaps them on the fly, unlike the built-in controller.

:goodluck:

really? I'd been planning to buy a couple of cheaper PC boxes to use as render nodes in addition to my mac. Is this not possible?

Scazzino
11-11-2009, 02:02 PM
really? I'd been planning to buy a couple of cheaper PC boxes to use as render nodes in addition to my mac. Is this not possible?

Yes it's possible... but you need to use a third-party ScreamerNet controller that can translate all the file paths... I use OSX ScreamerNet Controller (http://www.catalystproductions.cc/screamernet/) to control the ScreamerNet network along with my DLI_SNUB-Launcher (http://dreamlight.com/webshop/utilities/snublauncher.html) to configure and launch the ScreamerNet UB nodes.

Here's my tutorial on advanced network rendering with third-party controllers (http://dreamlight.com/insights/10/advanced_net_renderUB.html).

Also, if using Mac & PC be sure to run render tests to make sure there are no visible differences with renders from different architectures.

:goodluck:

dwburman
11-11-2009, 07:38 PM
There are a couple of work arounds if you don't want to get a third party controller. You could use your PCs to render while you're working on your Mac. You could start the render on the PC going forward and start the render on the Mac going backwards.

To use a scene on the PC, you'll want to load the scene on the PC and make sure the paths work. It's usually a fairly painless process if everything is in the same content folder.