Heres what's happened - I successfully modeled, textured and rendered an object which rendered fine using Maya Software as my 'Render Using' setting, however, when I switch to Mental Ray and render I get the following message:
// Error: (mental ray) : ...uments/maya/projects/red_wagon/sourceimages/Apanelstripe.tif: file format subtype or version not supported
I know that my texture file is the cause but i thought .tif files were supposed to be most compatible with Mental Ray. I experimented around with file compression settings and it works fine with Targa and TIFF(when compression is set to 'NONE'), however, i need to keep the layers so that i can tweak if needed. What would be the best file format to use? Would it be simpler to use a PSD Network?
Also, I just have a general wondering what format to save Maya scenes in as i'v heard .MA is favoured over .MB. What are the benefits and uses of each?
Thanks in advance