mmRegions: A small free tool for render region management

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  10 October 2012
Originally Posted by pokoy: Another request here:
Ability to tile a region and to send those tiles to network. So let's say I draw a region, then specify how this region will be tiled, for example 3 x 3 tiles (with an overlap that you'd also be able to specify in pixels). The script would then send 9 jobs to backburner.
This is useful when you render very highres images and only want to rerender a region using the whole farm, not only one server.
That would be awesome, right now I'm doing this manually and it's obviously a bit tedious.

Just wondering, can't you use the 'split scanlines' option of backburner for this?
  10 October 2012
I had so many problems using that option in the past so I didn't touch it for several years now, might be an option indeed. Will test, thanks!
  10 October 2012
Update: V1.1 Released.

New Features:
  • Preview window now correctly matches render aspect.
  • Now works with V-Ray Frame Buffer regions. If the V-Ray VFB region mode is enabled, creating a new region, restoring a region or batch-rendering will affect that instead of the standard 3dsmax render region.
  • Added spinners for editing the dimensions of the currently selected region.
  • Added option to export/import region data. Data can be exported either as plain text, or as
  • Adobe After Effects keyframe data.
  • Added a confirmation window when ‘delete region’ is pressed.


Last edited by lo : 10 October 2012 at 04:20 PM.
  11 November 2012
Most excellent update.
I noticed however a little issue with the Adobe Keyframe data, or rather, with the X and Y value inside the tool itself.

The mmRegion tool says a region in the uppermost left corner is [1,1], while the native sub region settings use the value [0,0] for this. If I export this region data as an AE keyframe data (and likely the generic format as well) it means the exported value becomes [1,1]. AE treat this as one pixel away from the border which leaves a small gap between the region and the edge of the composition. It seems like I cannot set mmRegion to [0,0], and [1,1] is the minimum.

Would this be easy to fix?
  11 November 2012
Yes, I will fix it.
  11 November 2012
It's been fixed, you can re-download.
  11 November 2012
Highly appreciated.
  11 November 2012
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