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[Network Rendering] Only use network for rendering

Postby Buffee » Thu Oct 03, 2019 2:07 pm

Buffee Thu Oct 03, 2019 2:07 pm
Hi in our office we have two computers built for network render use. I want to be able to still work and make new content on the main workstation and use Octane Live Viewer while it's rendering. Right now I'm able to work on the main computer but not use the Live Viewer while it's rendering (it's basically not possible to use two instances of Octane). It's not necessary to use the main workstations graphics cards during the rendering, only usage of the network render computers is needed.
Is there any way to come around this or is the only solution to basically send the C4D files over to one of the network rendering computers and render from there?

Thanks!

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Re: [Network Rendering] Only use network for rendering

Postby aoktar » Fri Oct 04, 2019 8:09 am

aoktar Fri Oct 04, 2019 8:09 am
You can run second C4D in your PC and work on content creation.
You need to run C4D with "-parallel" commandline parameter.
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Re: [Network Rendering] Only use network for rendering

Postby Buffee » Thu Oct 10, 2019 8:37 pm

Buffee Thu Oct 10, 2019 8:37 pm
aoktar wrote:You can run second C4D in your PC and work on content creation.
You need to run C4D with "-parallel" commandline parameter.


Ouf, it worked! Thanks a lot aoktar!

I wasn't sure how to write in Command Prompt but found this on WikiHow, posting it here in case someone else are interested. (https://www.wikihow.com/Run-Exe-from-Cmd-on-PC-or-Mac)

1. Open Command Prompt
2. Type: "cd C:\Program Files\MAXON\[Cinema 4D folder name]"
3. Press Enter
4. Change the name of the "Cinema 4D.exe" file since it has a space in it.
5. Type: "start Cinema4D.exe -parallel"
6. Press Enter
DONE
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Re: [Network Rendering] Only use network for rendering

Postby aoktar » Thu Oct 10, 2019 9:36 pm

aoktar Thu Oct 10, 2019 9:36 pm
Glad it worked. You can create a *. bat file write the command. It will run c4d with parameter
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Re: [Network Rendering] Only use network for rendering

Postby nejck » Fri Oct 11, 2019 9:12 am

nejck Fri Oct 11, 2019 9:12 am
Indeed, good tip Aoktar! I use it all the time with pre-R21 C4D but a quick warning for anyone trying to run R21 in parallel... It won't work as they've completely disabled that functionality (potential corruption issues with the install folders).

The solution is to copy the R21 folder a couple of times and then you can run those installations separately and in parallel. The downside is that they all act like separate c4d installations so if you update a plugin in one installation you need to update it for all of the instances. A huge downside then is also having less SSD space available :\

If we want the parallel option back I think its best to let Maxon know about that :)
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