Setup a Render Farm for V-Ray The Easy Way

This can become frustrating sometimes to keep looking at your screen and trying to determine the position of each and every pixel. This can be frustrating for many people, especially lazy ones, like me. In this situation we have an option to build our own Render Farm and make our lives easier for long term.

The biggest advantage of building your own render farm is that it is quite cheap and quick process and one doesn’t really need much technical expertise to achieve that. Though, you need to have fast processing system in order to build your own V-Ray Render Farm, due to its high specification requirements. In this article we are going to discuss exactly how you can build your own Render Farm, but before getting into the details of that, we would like to explain what V-Ray actually is?

V-Ray an is application that comprises of various Render Farms. It is very easy to use this application and its handful of features, including the option of working in Network Rendering.

In order to build your own Render Farm, you would need the following:

  • First of all, of course, you will need to install V-Ray software in your PC. Keep in mind, V-Ray is not a standalone application; it works along with other 3D software, including Maya and MAX.
  • Fast Processor: You PC will be required to have a fast Processor so that rendering doesnt take days to complete, also if your PC has slow processing speed, your PC might get halted when you try to render a large file.
  • You will be required to be connected to a local network with multiple PC’s. All the PC’s must be connected to each other and be a part of the network. Also there shouldn`t be any firewalls blocking the connection.
  • Fast Connection: Just being connected to other PC’s is not enough you will be required to have fast internet connection to ensure that data is transferred in least possible time, which will prevent a lot of time from getting wasted.

When you have all the above mentioned things setup, you can move towards building your very first Render Farm. Firstly, you will need to setup the V-Ray Render Server. This Render server is setup on any of the slave machine, through Launch V-Ray DR Spawner application, which is present in the install folder of V-Ray. The path to the install folder can vary depending on the 3D Software you are using V-Ray with. Another important thing to keep in mind is that you must get administrative privilege before starting the setup process in Windows Vista & 7.

Next you will need to setup the parameters for your installation. This is done in the Master Machine, which should have the maximum processing speed and RAM. Here you should run the Render Setup process, which will launch your setup. You will need to set V-Ray as your Default Production Render Application, and then move towards the Setting Tab, and put the check on the Distributed Rendering box.

After that you will have your V-Ray Render Farm ready to be used for rendering 3D images and animations. 

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Mike is a freelance writer who loves to write amazing articles on technology and gadgets, he is also an expert in 3d designing and loves the render farm lightwave technology.

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