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With our render files all set up and ready to go, it's a really important thing to preflight check your render files. And when I say preflight check I mean double-check all of your render settings before you hit the Render button. We're going to using the technique called batch rendering. In batch rendering typically you start a whole series of render files and then walk away from the machine. The last thing you want to have happened if you walk away for machine overnight and comeback and find that only one of the renders or maybe none of your renders went off, because you'd forgotten to set something correctly. So what I like to do is I open each one the files in my batch up and then hit the Render command, activating the render, and then let that thing render for just a frame or two and then stop it.
I delete those test frames out of the folder to make sure there's no confusion and then as long as everything went off correctly, I know my file is ready to render. So I'm going to do that for shot number 1. I will go to the File menu and Open, navigate to my Chapter 10 folder, and in there I will open up shot- 001-render_END. Hit Open. Now, here in the shot-001-render_END file all I have to do is click on this icon right here, the middle clapboard, and go to Render to Picture Viewer and that's the actual render command that you use when you want of render something out for the final. Now, if I have all my Render Settings set up, when I let go of this my render should start with no error messages.
Now, some of the possible error messages are missing texture for example or an incorrectly set file path for your Save option. As long as I don't have anything set incorrectly, my rendering should go off without a hitch. There goes the very first frame. Excellent! So now I know that my rendering is working correctly, all I've to do now is stop this rendering, and do you want to stop the rendering? Yes, I do. Excellent! Now I can go out to the Finder, delete the files in this folder so that there's no confusion about these test renders there versus the finish ones. Let's hide CINEMA 4D. Command+H. I'm going to open up shot001 and all of the files that are in there, these are the render files that it was creating.
You can see there is a different file for each one of the render passes that I had. I will select all those and right- click and move them to the Trash. Now I can go back to C4D, close this file up, and repeat the process for the next file. Now, I'm not going to do that in this movie, but it's really important for you to double-check all your files prior to batch rendering.
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