Batch Camera Render

Version: 
1.9.15
Date Updated: 
02/06/2015
Author Name: 
Sergo Pogosyan

This script aims to replace standard 3dsmax's Batch Render and imitates Houdini Output Node workflow. Using it you can specify rendering parameters - frame size, frame number, output path - directly to camera object, so every camera in scene 'knows' what it intended to render. Additional functionality is Lighting Assignment - you can specify which light will be turn on or off for selected camera during the rendering.

Recent update:

  • Region render parameter can be specified for each camera
  • Set Viewport button sets viewport camera and resolution and aspect as well
  • It is possible now to specify backburner servers and server groups for silent rendering submit (code editing required)

Here are the details: http://usakhelo.github.io/batchcam/batchcam-1.9.15.html

Script's website - http://usakhelo.github.io/batchcam/

Github - https://github.com/usakhelo/batchcam

2015 Updates

  • Vray Elements fixed for Vray 3 and Vray output saving with VFB color correction
  • Cancelling of rendering of multiple cameras at once,
  • Hierarchical ini files

2013 Updates

  • Drag-n-drop of cameras in list
  • Camera list window size can be changed (script restart required)
  • When committing region render it is possible to switch to view render without restarting the render
  • Keyword syntax can be used in Scene State names - thanks to Stefan Runevik for suggestion

2011 Updates

  • Preview button added - renders only current frame without saving anything - no images, no vray maps, no scripts running, no elements.
  • Ortho mode added to Vray rollout - it turns any camera to orthographic, including Vray Physical camera.
  • Copy/Paste from one camera to one/several cameras - use new buttons at the top of the window.
  • Submit Scripts section - you can assign script files that will run on each render submit. Per Submit script runs once per render submit and Per Camera script runs for each camera before submit. All these scripts run on local machine, not on render server.
  • Last Rendered Location field - here is stored last render file location. Very useful for locating last-time rendered images.
Additional Info: 

Installation:

Run this script with Maxscript -> Run Script command from any folder on your hard drive, then go to the *'Customize User Interface' -> 'Toolbars'*, browse to category 'Sergo Pogosyan' and add 'Render scene cameras...' button to the toolbar or to the menu.

Usage:

When you start this script it iterate over all cameras in scene and list them in the dialog box. To each of these cameras you can assign frame resolution, number of frames to render including nonsequential frames, output file location and lighting setup. All these properties can be changed for one or several selected cameras. Output file location is split to folder path and file name, so you can specify new folder for all selected cameras in scene. 'Lighting assignement' section contains three list: Solo light list contains lights that will be only lights turned on during the rendering, 'Forced On' and 'Forced Off' lights are turned on or off respectively during the rendering. After all these setting will be set up (if some properties is not set value from the Render Setup will be used), check the camera(s) in the list and hit Render button. Check Net Render checkbox to submit network render job.

Supported lights: All bundled 3ds max lights, all Vray Lights
Supported cameras: All bundled 3ds max cameras, Vray PhysicalCamera

Version Requirement: 
3ds max 2008-2014. 32-bit and 64-bit.

Comments

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.
levi26's picture

Works Perfectly

Works Perfectly, thanks you so much.

Great script.

Hey one more questions is there a way to save the toggled cameras boxes to an ini file, or can we do that already way. It seems ever time I reopen a Max file all the toggle camera's I usually render are untoggled.

Thank you so much again, this has saved a lot of time.

NicolasC's picture

oh shit !! :)

thanks a lot, I can't try to test that !!
You've made my day (week, month ??).

Cheers.

NicolasC

sergo's picture

Could you try this version?

I think I've figured that out. Could you try this version? - http://batchcam.sergepogosyan.com/compiled/batchcamerarender_1.9.16.ms

Cancelling should work on any other camera now, not only after first. Stop button is not an issue.

levi26's picture

VFB Stop Button Image :)

Hey Sergo :)

Thanks, yeah sometimes I need to skip a batched render and with the vanilla batch render the VFB stop button skips to the next render in the sequence. Say if I skip the first few renders then use the cancel button on the render progress dialog box, that's when it doesn't stop completely. Its like it takes on the same action as the VFB Stop button.
I have attached a screenshot of the VFB Stop Button for you.

Hope its not hard to fix, I have some work colleagues that will be very happy if you can figure it out, not to mention myself. :)

Many thanks for this, love your work.
Let me know if you need any more information.

Levi

AttachmentSize
vfb.jpg 65.49 KB
sergo's picture

Oh, now you're making things complicated ;)

Oh, now you're making things complicated ;)

What is the stop button? I've never used it. Is it on vray vfb? Right now rendering stops only if Cancel button is clicked on the render progress dialog. I'll try to make it work on Esc button.
Without you mentioning it I would not even think about stop button, so thank you! I'll take a look on that direction too.

levi26's picture

Cancel button doesnt stop batch completely after first camera

Hey Sergo

Love the script, helps me a lot with my workflow.

Just having an issue with canceling a batch after the first camera. It works on the first camera but if you hit the stop button on the VFB then try and hit cancel on the next camera. It continues through the batch one by one. I will usually 30 plus cameras in a scene which takes a while to cancel if you don't do it on the first camera.

Any chance you could help, Am I doing something wrong. Is there a way to cancel the batch completely after the first camera has been skipped using the stop button on the VFB or pressing ESC?

Currently using v1.9.15

Thanks
Levi

sergo's picture

New version is ready

Hi Nicolas,

I've uploaded new version, give it a try and let me know how it works.

@theedge - Thanks for the idea, it is in this version, try it out.

NicolasC's picture

Hello Sergo :)

OK, I understand - anyway, sicne I'll always be using the same servers group, I guess it's even simpler to code it directly :)
But what about single-server submission ? do you think it's possible ?

Thanks.

NicolasC

sergo's picture

Hi, I don't promise to add UI

Hi,

I don't promise to add UI elements to choose server groups, but you probably will be able to specify them somewhere in script's code.

NicolasC's picture

"bump" on several wishes :)

Hello Sergo,

Thanks a lot for the great work you've done on your BCR, it's definitely a must-have !!
However, something is missing for me to be able to use it at its full potential. I regularly need to render more than 10 cameras for a project, and I'd need to send them to BB "silently", that means with Show Submit Dialog being off. BUT when it's off, it's not possible to: choose only a servers group or a single server to submit to ...
My suggestion would then be to add some more controls available when Show Submit Dialog is off: a dropdown list with servers available (for single-server submission) and a dropdown list with servers group available.
Do you think it can be done ?

Thanks a lot,

Best regards.

NicolasC

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.