Render farm in a box ^ ^

One of the best thangs you can do on Windows when you have more than one CPU is too optimize your workflow by setting processor affinity...

If you open the task manager and right click a process and choose "Set affinity" you'll see what I mean...

You can make it so specific apps can access specific CPU's..

For example I just finished animating about a minute worth of stuff for my test... I was running the C4d app, the C4d render server and C4d render client on my 8 core workstation...

If I didn't set the affinity they would all fight over the CPU's making my work slow down... you can also use priorities to help with this but what i decided to do is this...

I gave CPU's 1-4 to the Cinema 4d app and I gave CPU's 5-8 to the render client... So as I continued to animate shots and work in Cinema 4d the renderer was chewing on shots in the background utilizing 4 cores at %100.... it was pretty efficient and nothing crashed or even got slow at all...

There where some small workflow glitches I ran into during my test which I still need to work out... audio preview issues...

Tomorrow I will test comping these 32bit shots in AE...

Comments

  1. Amazing. I didn't know Windows could do this. Is it specific to Vista? Or does XP have this capability, too. I see what you mean about having a mini-render farm in your rig. Excellent.

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  2. Hope you find away to fix t3h audio problems

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  3. Yeh the audio bug BUGZ meh but I will find a workaround there is always a workaround ^ ^

    Yeh actually the set affinity thing works in XP as well... Right now I'm rendering in Cinema 4d and After Effects at the same time with 4 cores for each app and it works great. Just open the task manager and right click an app and choose "set affinity"

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  4. Groovy. I will give it a try. Good luck on the audio problem. Just put the StrAinge bRain to work.

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