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batch render in C4D

Posted: Thu Apr 09, 2009 5:47 am
by Josephus Holt
JD, you clearly showed me how to do this with the Rhino plugin using the animation toolbar, but how do I do the same thing in C4D (set up multiple views of the same scene and render out all in one night...while I'm sleeping)?

Posted: Thu Apr 09, 2009 6:32 am
by JDHill
Hi Joe, since Cinema has its own robust animation capabilities, the plugin does not provide extra tools like the animation toolbar in Rhino - so it has no similar function to the one you used in Rhino. You could mimic what the Rhino plugin is doing manually though:

- choose an output name that follows the format filename_xxxx where xxxx would be 0001, 0002, 0003, 0004, etc.
- position your camera for the 0001 shot and export an MXS
- position yoru camera for the 0002 shot and export an MXS
- (repeat for all views)
- open MXCL from your Start menu
- from the File menu, open the first MXS
- find the Animation > Frames box in the Render Options tab and enter the frame range you want to render, i.e. 1-8
- click Render

That should get MXCL thinking you're rendering an animation, even though all the MXS files are really unrelated to one another.

Posted: Thu Apr 09, 2009 4:01 pm
by Josephus Holt
Thanks JD for your very clear explanation (as usual)...will try this tonight.