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4.4 How to render online using Maya and RebusFarm?

How to submit a job using Maya


Our RebusFarm software is directly integrated into Maya. You can open the Rebus setup window to send your job to the render cloud in two ways: via the menu 'RebusFarm' or with the buttons on the shelf menu.

Before sending your job to render online, make sure you have finalized all settings in the render setup.

Via the Rebus Setup, you have access to all important functions for the upload.

Priority: You can change the priority in the queue (this will not affect the render speed).

Rebus Farminizer menu - priority in the queue selection

Autostart: When you select the 'Autostart' option, your job starts to render online automatically after the upload.

Rebus Farminizer menu - autostart activation

Render Distributed: This option is recommended for images with large measurements. The image will be split in the render cloud via multiple machines. This way each machine will render a part of the image, afterward, all parts will be merged together creating the final result. This is faster than the single rendering mode. (it is not available for animations, only for single frames).

Rebus Farminizer menu - distributed rendering activation

Layers: If you activate this option, RebusFarm will transfer the layer settings per view into separate render jobs. This way you can generate several render jobs from just one scene and with just one upload.

Rebus Farminizer menu - layers render settings

CostCalculator: With this function, you can make a very rough cost estimation for your job before sending it to the render cloud. The estimation is based on your own render parameters and your own machine information.

Render Cost Estimation: This is a more accurate way to make a cost estimation. Three random frames of your job will render online on the farm. Based on those rendered frames, the cost estimation for the entire job will be established. It will be displayed in the ControlCenter and you will receive the estimation by e-mail.

Rebus Farminizer menu - CostCalculator button

Notifications: Activate this option if you want to be notified by e-mail about the status of your render job.

Rebus Farminizer menu - notification options

Your scene will be checked before sending. You can do a 'QuickCheck' at any time to see if your scene can be sent to render online.

Rebus Farminizer menu - QuickCheck button

Info, warnings, and error messages will appear on the left side of the 'SmartCheck Results' window. Info and warning messages are to double-check your scene and can be ignored. If you get errors though, you have to fix them to be able to upload the job to the render cloud.

If everything is fine and you don’t get an error message, click on 'Upload to RebusFarm'. Your scene will be checked one last time. Afterward, you click on 'Send to RebusFarm'.

Rebus Render Farm messages window

After sending the job, check if it was successfully exported and is uploading to the render cloud at the bottom of the window. This step can take a few minutes.

In your ControlCenter you are able to see the upload progress and all the information of the jobs you have in the render cloud. As soon as the job is uploaded to the render cloud, it will automatically start to render if you selected the 'Autostart' option. If not, you have to start the render job manually by pressing the 'Start render' button. Check our 'How to use the ControlCenter' section for more details about the ControlCenter.

As soon as the render job is completed, your results will automatically be downloaded from the render cloud to the output save path that you set in your render configuration.