Thursday, 4 March 2010


Its been yet another very long day in college.. The Render Farm has FAILED the class, as it seems. The people who HAVE managed to render something had actually rendered most of their work on their own computers. Karen and James have in fact been slaving infront of the render farm for almost a full week.

We asked Jared for advise since all our other tutors wasn't any where to be seen. Even when he had 3 whole year groups to manage, he still had to time to see us, we're so thankful for that moment!!
Anyways, he advised us to :
* Check the size of our texture
*Take out the lighting layer if that doesnt render
*Take out huge parts that could be blocking the rendering from starting
*Optimized the whole project.

I felt realy guilty after hearing the advise, the team seemed very worried, I MAY have modeled too much detail into the cave? Or maybe too much into the power generator?
We were all blaming ourselves as we walked back into the studio.

But HEYYY, after checking! THE PROBLEM WAS THE TEXTURES!! 5000x5000 in size, now that jus explains alot!! for smaller items the textures were 1000x1000! xD After sorting that out the render farm finally worked!!

The render farm decided to reject and FAIL rendering half way through rendering a single layer last night. My members were stressing whilst I was stressing over my other project. I had to rush in to help comfort everyone, things then calmed down. Apparently rendering in sections on our own laptops would be faster and more reliable then the render farm, so we decided to claim the computers in the ICT suite. However, there was a class there for the whole day! As we rendered we sat in to an After Effects class, it was pretty interesting! We all felt all nostalgic sitting in that room. The days we had Dan.. learning our first few steps in maya.. awww xD

We've now left the suite to do its thing, using maya's mental ray to render, its hell, and we MIGHT not make it in time, but if thats the case I've decided we should render 5 seconds of the beginning, 5 seconds of the middle and 5 seconds from the end of the project. Its not the full scene but after compositing it MAY just help us get the grade we've all worked so hard to earn!
Jared HAS advised us to do something similar, but half the group refused. We don't want to submit a playblast alone. its not only going to destroy our success, But also waste away our efforts!!! Before leaving college today we all gathered our " fighting spirits" joked around THEN left! A ype of motivation so we all wont be so down as soon as we get home. We shared this time with our other friends Laura,Harry,Dean and Karl too! so all is good =D

I wish everyone GoodLuck^^ I bet not many of us are going to sleep tonight! but its all going to be worth it^^

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