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art3mis

(redshift)pause and resume large render sequence

A current 20 second sequence is going to take about 60 hours total rendering time at roughly 8 minutes a frame. I’ve never rendered a sequence this large before.
With Redshift, what is the most efficient way of pausing and resuming a render without losing any frames?
I’d like to render only in the evening, canceling or pausing every morning.

I anticipate having to reboot my machine several times as well.

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There is a Pause and Interrupt button on the dialog that pops up when rendering to disk. Use those buttons.

Restarting in the middle of a sequence can only be achieved if your scene has no simulations that need to cook. So pre-bake all things before you render if you expect your long render might be interrupted.

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Thanks Atom! By baking though, don't you really mean caching?

Hmm..http://www.sidefx.com/docs/houdini/dyno/cache

Apparently baking is used this way by SESI, though confusing since by 'baking, you are usually referring to texture maps, not simulations.

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Yep, you're right. Baking is typically associated with texture map and caching is more about geometry. The main take away is to pre-calculate as much data as possible so at render time your computer does  not have to cook a frame.

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