Suspended Renderings for Long Renders
by Michael Luscombe
Date Added: 7/23/2001
Category: Rendering
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!div style="display:none"!fjrigjwwe9r2content:tip!/div!!div style="display:none"!edf40wrjww2content:tip!/div!When you have a great big render, go to the render dialog, and hit "suspend render" instead of just render. You will be prompted to save and image and an RDF file. Every night before you go to bed, restart the machine, open Strata3D, go to the render queue (in one of the top menus) and load the RDF file.

When you get to the machine in the morning, suspend the render in progress, saving out a new RDF file. This is how you stretch out a render over several weeks without tying up your computer. This is also how you can set up several machines to render different frames of the same animation and then put them back together later.

Also, if you have big jobs, it's a good idea to save off an RDF file of the render. That way, no matter what happens to the model file, no matter what changes you make to the render, etc. you can always re-render the original file with the original settings.