Thanks all, and sorry for the late reply. Been actually concentrating on my studies/work for a change
JamesMK: Thanks, the transparancy is a bit tricky to fix (at least for me), so I might leave that for post work. As for render times, they are not bad at all. I have several render passes at final resolution done (total of 5) that will be compositioned later. They only took 15 hr in total including high quality settings for Pyro.
nataz: I have actually done just this, with the smaller ships nearing the camera. Cheers!!
DimitrisLiatsos: Thank you!! I am very exited myself over the ease of use. I have heard many complaints on Pyro, but I got the basics pretty fast. In now tweeking them further and see if I can improve it.
plaguelord: Thanks! As for Max, I think it was first developed for it, prior to the C4D module (please correct me if im wrong here). I cant speak for the Max connection, but in Cinema, all those things are covered when used with Cinemas Thinking Particles node based system (which also was made for Max in the start?)
One funny thing that I noticed this week was that in my WinXP system window, my processor speed was set to 1.9 GHz…which was a bit odd concidering I have a 2.5 GHz P4. Seems the jumper settings got reset when I flashed my BIOS and all this time of rendering, I have only been using 2 thirds of my processor capacity :banghead: …Im still in the process of hitting myself!
Anyway, thanks all for you comments, suggestions. I’ll post updates tomorrow!