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  10 October 2012
Net Render: Automatically render job?

Has anybody found a way to get C4D jobs to automatically render? Kind of like a 'watch folder'?

Net Render almost does what I need in the sense that job folders created manually automatically show up in Nets inactive jobs. Can Net be modified to have manually created jobs go right to the render que instead? or.....can a script be written to move the jobs from inactive to render que?

Is there an SDK for Net?

Thanks for any insight that can be shared.
  10 October 2012
Just out of curiosity, what is it about clicking 'start' in the browser window that you find so hindering?
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  10 October 2012
Originally Posted by GruvDOne: Just out of curiosity, what is it about clicking 'start' in the browser window that you find so hindering?

We need a way for web generated content to be rendered automatically.

One option would be to develop a plugin but it seems like net render is already there. It just needs a little something extra to make it happen.
  10 October 2012
Do you have to use net render? If you just want to automatically render dropped filed and don't need the distributed horsepower, C4D will render from the command line with the -nogui option (and other options) and there are many tools to set up watch folders in most OS. You can wrap it in a shell script / batch file to do notifications and clean up as needed.
  10 October 2012
thanks Selmo. That's the direction I'm going to pursue.

I was thinking about Net because it's already doing everything I need. Just wish there was an SDK for the render server so you could send it whatever is being triggered when a user hits the 'start' buttton on a job. Our project is web based so it would have been great to use the same html that currently triggers the Net Server.

Off to learn about command line rendering.
  10 October 2012
I find the command line render option more predictable and manageable. NetRender creates as many problems as it solves, and I only use it when there is no other way.

On windows, you can use the %_ERRORLEVEL variable in batch files to determine if C4D correctly rendered the file or failed.

There are a few command line options not listed in the help file, so use the -help option on the command line to see all the available commands.

I'm working on a plug in that periodically reports render progress to the console window (among other things) -- useful for tracking command line renders.
  10 October 2012
I had checked out the help file after your earlier post aand was glad to see the options available. Will definitely look for the additional commands in the -help when we get closer to testing.

I appreciate you taking the time to help. Please pm me when you have your plugin ready for release. The project is in it's infancy so I'm not sure what we will be looking for in feedback from C4D. We may need something like your plugin.
  10 October 2012
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