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Deadline Render Server

Set up your Maya options for animation
Use Windows->Settings/Preferences->Preferences
     Choose the Time Slider section
          Set Framerate: 30 fps

Render Settings
Render Settings icon upper right  srender_settings  (Windows->Rendering Editors->Render Settings...)

Change Render Using to Arnold Renderer    (Arnold is the default)
Presets-> Import Render Settings->Default Settings   (This resets all settings)
Under the Common
     Choose Image format: tif
     Uncheck Dither
     Change Frame/Animation ext: to name.#.ext
     Input the Start frame and End frame range

Faster render settings, with transparency
Under the Arnold Renderer tab:
Under the Sampling arrow:
     Set Camera (AA) to 3      (default 3)
     Set Diffuse to 1      (default 2)
     Set Specular to 1      (default 2)
     Set Transmission to 2      (default 2)
     Set SSS to 0      (default 2)
     Set Volume Indirect to 0      (default 2)

Under the Ray Depth arrow
     Set Total to 2      (default 10)
     Set Diffuse to 1      (default 1)
     Set Specular to 1      (default 1)
     Set Transmisssion to 2      (default 8)
     Set Volume to 0      (default 0)
     Set Transparency Depth to 2      (default 10)

DEADLINE Renderfarm
File Setup

Make a folder on your Desktop named Deadline Renders

Make a folder under Deadline Renders with your DMA username
Make 2 folders in the username folder: scenes and images

Place copies of any textures
, scene file, cache data folder in the scenes folder.

Start Maya
     Run File Set Project...
          Go to your Desktop\Deadline Renders select username folder
     Select Set

    Run File->Project Window
          Choose Edit->Reset Settings

Open your Maya scene file from the Deadline area.

Render Settings
icon upper right  srender_settings 
     Make sure the Path: is Desktop/Deadline Renders/username/images
     Make sure
Frame/Animation ext:
is set to name.#.ext
     The Start and End frames might be important.

Once you have the workspace.mel file and a copy of your scene file in the Deadline Renders area, you can revert your Maya project back to where you prefer. The Render Settings window should be looking for an images folder, it should not matter where you have it after you set this up.

Use Deadline Render
Login to
Look at the menu under Help
     Select Tutorials
          Select A. or B. Preparing to Use Deadline in order to install software on your computer.

          Follow the directions for C. Maya Simple Job Submission.

Under your name you should have an images
and a scenes folder

Place any textures, scene file, cache data folder into the scenes folder

Thinkbox->Deadline Monitor 10
     Submit 3D->Maya

          Fill in
               Job Name  something descriptive
               Project Directory   same as your Desktop
               Maya File
               Output folder
               Frame List  1-300 etc
               Frames per Task  5
               Renderer  Arnold
               Version  2020
          Hit Submit, answer yes a lot

SFTP to view Render files
Do this after setting up your project with the cloud.
This will be easier than using the cloud, no zip files

use Filezilla,
PC use WinSCP
     Host:  port 22
     User ID: Your login

     Navigate to /data/export/renders/yourname/

Under your name you should have an images and a scenes folder

When you view the images folder after the render, you should run Refresh in order to see the files.


Nextcloud sync a DMA Cloud folder to a folder on your computer.
Do this after setting up your project on the cloud. This will make it easier to use the cloud, no zip files
You will sync your Deadline Renders/images folder to your local Desktop/Deadline Renders/yourname/images folder. It is a two-way sync, files update automatically on both ends.

Install Software Download the software for your computer:
Double click the installer from your Downloads folder

Start Nextcloud this starts the app as a utility running all the time.
     Select Log in to your Nextcloud
     Type Server Address:   (Click in the start of the field and type.)
     Click Next>
          If asked, select Trust this certificate anyway
          Select Log in
          Grant access to your computer
     Close the browser

Useless Wizard
For first time users, Nextcloud connection wizard should appear
     Select Skip folders configuration  (It does not remember what you set!)

Start the Nextcloud utility
     Mac: Nextcloud is accessible through the green circle with a checkmark icon top right menu.
     PC: NextCloud is the green circle with a checkmark icon in the lower right menu

Select the small down arrow, open Settings

Local Folder
     Select Add Folder Sync Connection
     Select the Local Folder on your Desktop to sync, Desktop\Deadline Renders\yourname\images
     Click Connect

Remote Folder
          Open Deadline Renders folder->yourname
               Select images folder
               Click Add Sync Connection

More Settings
     Select the General section
          Uncheck Ask for confirmation before synchronizing folders larger than 500 MB

Next time you use Deadline, the files will automatically move to your computer as they are being rendered.
Compare the file sizes to make sure all the files were able to sync. You may need to move a few manually.


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