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One of the most powerful 3D applications on the market, Maya 2010, now includes three complimentary bundled applications: MatchMover, powerful camera matching software; Toxik, a node-based compositor; and Backburner, a network rendering manager for Maya, 3ds Max, and Toxik. In Maya 2010: Getting Started with MatchMover, Toxik, and Backburner, instructor George Maestri demonstrates how to use these applications with Maya's existing powerful feature set to create engaging 3D animations. Exercise files accompany the course.
Now once we have our project set to a network path, we can go ahead and load our scenes and render as much as we want. So, let's go ahead just open a scene. Now notice how when I actually open a scene and my project is set, it already goes to this network path, which is really important. And so, I just want to go ahead and open up Bldg_Shot03, and just open it up, and no, I don't want to save, and there is my shot. I already have my render layers already set up, and so everything is pretty much ready to go.
Now all I have to do is basically just render. So, in Maya, we now have a new option on the Render menu called Create Backburner Job. Let's go ahead and go into that, and it says "Before I create my Backburner Job, do we want to save?" Well, I just loaded it, so I don't need to save, so I am just going to hit Ignore, and it brings up a really nice menu here. Now, we can give this a job name, which is basically that file that gets saved on the disc. If you want, I can give it a description. We have a priority, so 50 is in the middle. 100 is the biggest number.
1 is the lowest number. So, typically everything gets submitted at 50. Everything will just render in order received, but if you have a high- priority job, just give it a bigger number. And then you want to say what Renderer do you want to use. You can actually force it to render with a specific renderer. You also have additional options. These will be command-line options, so if you want to force specific features on to the renderer, you can add them here. Now, this is where we actually make sure that we have the right manager name, and then after completion what do you want to do? Do you want to delete the job, or whatever.
And then also we can create log file. If a frame doesn't get rendered, it will write it to that file. Now here is actually a really important one, because this actually can create an error if you have 64-bit Maya, which is actually what we have, because what happens is that, with 64-bit Maya, you have a 64-bit Maya, but Backburner is still 32-bit. So, what happens is that it's looking for Backburner here. This is where it finds Maya, and this is where it finds Backburner.
But Backburner is a 32-bit application, which means it's in the other Program Files directory. So, if you get an error, let me show you how to fix this. I am going to hit the dots here, and we are going to go to our C drive. We have two Program Files directories here. This is for 64-bit, and the one that says x86, that's for 32-bit. So, this is where you'll find Backburner. So, you go in Autodesk, under Backburner, and then you want to find this one called cmdjob.exe and you can see the difference here.
This is Program Files. This is Program Files (x86). That will allow Backburner to run. So, if you run into a problem, that's where it is. And then once we are done, we can actually have it send an email, when it's done, or we don't have to. And then we can submit the job and close the window. Now when we do that, I am going to minimize this, and let's go ahead into Backburner and take a look at what happens in the Manager. You can see here it says it's sending instructions to each one of these machines, and now as they render it will go ahead and render.
And if I take a look at the Server, you can see that the server is actually going through the files and starting to render. So, those are the basics of sending a job from Maya to Backburner.
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