View Full Version : Mental Ray Speed
04-07-2006, 10:15 AM
I'm doing a moving image project with quite a lot of frames ( 2 min video at 30fps )
Each frame takes 23 mins to render ( I use GI + FG, with the same photon map and the FGmap set to "Freeze", so it doesn't flicker ) All works fine, but I just wonder if you know any tricks to speed up the rendering ... even with 2 PC P4 2.4Ghz it's going to take me a while ...
I'm rendering from Maya, but would it be faster via the command line ?
Any trick welcome...
04-07-2006, 12:57 PM
23 mins / frame doesn't sound that bad. Of course it depends on your scene/shaders/resolution/etc.
If you need to speed things up you should look into your sampling settings, your BSP tree settings as well as your raytracing depth settings. Area light sampling also has a big influence on render times - you might wanna look into that also.
04-07-2006, 02:34 PM
The video size is pretty normal ( PAL square pix 768x576 ). The time per frame could be worse, but at 23mins/frame that mean I probably have to leave my 2 computers running for 2 or 3 weeks ... it's a bit much ...
Thanks for the suggestions Chris-TC, I am using 1 Area light, so I'm going to check the sampling ... nothing in the scene is transparent, so I put the raytracing depths to 1 ( I use reflections on all pretty much all materials :)
Could you tell me more about the BSP tree settings ? I have no idea how to configure that monster ...
Thanks again :)
04-07-2006, 04:53 PM
What u probably need is to go over optimization... :wise:
Our good friend Paolo Berto wrote this paper.
Chapter #4 - Memory optimization guideline
understanding mental ray cache manager
dynamic job execution
geometry cache hub
getting and reading rendering messages
know your system memory limits
set mental ray memory limits
optimize memory options
use Maya 6 "Render" command to render .ma and .mb files
export to .mi and render with 'ray'
floating point textures
Triangle Export of Polygon Meshes
render as less frame buffers as possible
Choose acceleration algorithm, tune BSP
use raytraced shadows, shadows BSP
load objects on demand
rapid motion blur
incremental changes on multiple frames
trace flags & multiple approximations
multipass rendering Vs rendering separate layers
Number of objects and size
Here is the link. ENJOY =)
04-07-2006, 06:48 PM
great link Julian!!! very nice docs there that I'm going to be reading through. Gave it a quick glance, but it looks great. thanks
04-07-2006, 08:57 PM
depending on the scene, you could try layer rendering.
04-07-2006, 08:57 PM
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