Network Rendering


#1

Hi All,

Could do with a little help setting up our Network for Composite. At present we have a 7 machine x64 bit , dual quad core we use for rendering 3ds Max 2011 and below.
I was assuming that Composite would ‘plugin’ to Backburner in a similiar manner to Max…

From reading the help, which seems very limited on the subject I have to install Python on all servers and the machine I wish to send the job from.

I’m getting a “Background task failed : External process could not be launched”
Running Composite on Windows 7 and the renderfarm is XP if that helps all 64 bit.

Any help to get this going would be appreciated.


#2

Okay the problem has moved on a little. I can now submit a job to Backbruner by putting in the appropriate paths into the python script but for some reason I can no longer see any of my netwrok paths in Composite…
I can see all paths through explorer and I’m running Composite as administrator…


#3

The problem does seem to be running Composite in Admin mode knocks out the network drives, is this happening to anyone else.


#4

I can’t help but I too am having problems with network rendering in Composite… the only other software we have is a very old version of Combustion and I don’t want to go back to that after using Fusion and the likes…

I also concur with the incredibly inept help file on the subject…


#5

We use Toxik2011 for one year now and render with backburner. There is lot of things that can cause problems, but once done it is reliable.

  • First, backburner 2008 is better for toxik. I dunno for backburner 2012/Toxik2012, will test that soon.
  • Be sure to have all elements (footages, fbx, etc) on network. No accents in paths, it will work locally but not via backburner ! We use network shared drive here, no problem (every machine have same letters to same server network drives)
  • Give txrender.exe network access (firewall ?)
  • Turn Off Program Compatibility Assistant ! (Group policie : Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Application Compatibility : Turn Off Program Compatibility Assistant). Via gpos if you are on AD network.
  • mediacache and composite directory need full rights for everyone. A good idea would be to have a toxik.ini for every machines, settings mediache. Example :
    toxik::mediacache::index D:/Toxik/mediacache/store/index
    toxik::mediacache::store D:/Toxik/mediacache/store/store
    toxik::deployment::logDir D:/Toxik/logs
    Then create D:\Toxik and give it full access/everyone.
  • A good idea also is to create a default project on the network and have all composite loading this one (toxik.ini : toxik::projectName E:/__ToxikProject/ToxikProject.txproject)
    Anyway, this shouldn’t be a problem for backburner.

finnally, you should have a look at aera forum, very active with some developers and gurus on Toxik :
http://area.autodesk.com/forum/autodesk-toxik-combustion/general-discussion/

Here is a tool to access lot more options while sending jobs :
http://area.autodesk.com/forum/autodesk-toxik-combustion/general-discussion/compburner--send-composition-to-backburner/

I never had you specific error message, but it could be permissions.


#6

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