Batch Camera Render

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Version: 
1.10.3b
Date Updated: 
08/21/2016
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.

1.10.3b Fixes:

  • Crash when vray ir/lcache maps are set to auto-save
  • Region render was not set properly during the rendering

This is major update of the script, so it may not be as stable as before. Backup scenes or cameras at least before running this version. More information can be found here - 1.10b Multiple presets for each camera

Previous updates:

1.10.2b Fixes:

  • Problems with render elements paths
  • Copy/paste of render region settings
  • Properly convert render region values when change resolution

New features:

  • Multiple presets for each camera
  • New keyword %presetname% to support multiple presets
  • Distributed rendering checkbox added to vray common settings
  • Bugfix - Net render not starting after cancelling during local rendering.
  • Improved performance with scenes with lots of cameras
  • Added support of Vray RT as a production renderer
  • Added support of using MFRender script to render scenes through BatchCamera script.
  • Bugfix - Error was popping up sometimes during drag-n-drop
  • Bugfix - Render elements didn't render in certain conditions
  • Bugfix - Pre-render/post-render scripts didn't work on network rendering
  • Bugfix - Select All and Toggle All buttons didn't work properly

Here are some details: http://usakhelo.github.io/batchcam/batchcam-1.9.20.html

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

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

2015 Updates

  • 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)
  • 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 2008-2016. 32-bit and 64-bit.
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antomor's picture

New functions

Hi. thanks for update and fix errors.
You can add new function in future? Get settings from standard Batch Render. It actual for me when people send to me scene, but using standard Batch Render, and setup all 16 cameras with resolutions and scene states. And i need manually transfer settings to script.
I think with this function people can fast start using you script

sergo's picture

Fixed Select All and Toggle All buttons!

@antomor: It took a month to fix select all instead of couple of days but it's better late than never isn't it? :)

@Greenbean: If you need different settings for one camera you need to clone that camera. Unfortunately this is the only way right now.

Greenbean's picture

Animation

Could someone explain how to render animation for multiple camera's?
The only way It seems to work for me is by duplicating the camera 2 times so it renders Lc, irr, and final render. But this workflow is not reliable.

Thank you very much.

BTw, i love this script have been using it for renderig stills for a long time now :)

sergo's picture

Thanks for the report!

I'll fix it in couple of days.

antomor's picture

do not work "Select all" button in 1.9.20 version

unselect work, but select all cameras do not work. And "Check All" do not work, when cameras not selected

antomor's picture

Sorry

I use 1.9.16 version.
Downloading a new version ))
Thanks for you work. Script realy very useful

sergo's picture

Same problem with recent version?

Are you using the latest version?
I thought I've fixed that problem:
- Improved performance with scenes with lots of cameras

antomor's picture

slow work with many cameras

When work with 10 cameras and more, script vary slow select all cameras in list. You can fix this? Maybe make as in version 2 of this script? Batch Camera Render 2 very fast work with cameras in list.

sergo's picture

Cancel with Cancel button

Unfortunately right now you can only cancel all the cameras by pressing Cancel button in render progress dialog.

EvgenijKi's picture

Render cancel

I can't cancel all render at once with ESC button? Sometimes it's the only way to cancel in my situation... I need to cancel every batched render before it stops! Can it be fixed?

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