Anyone have experience scheduleing renders?
I tried it over the weekend but I'm not sure it worked the way I imagined it. If there's a tutorial or website someone could point to that would be awesome.
How did you imagine it to work and what kind of results did you get?
Right after I hit submit, I had a feeling that I'd get that question...
In short -
My 'goal' was to end up with two renderings of the same model - the only difference between them would be the orientation of the model itself (one render looking at the front of it, another looking down on it from one side). Everything else would be identical.
I started the final render of the first 'pose', and then use the schedule render tool from within SolidWorks (using PV360). I changed the orientation of the model to the one I wanted, and confirmed the scheduled render. My expectation was that I would have 2 rendered images waiting for me with the filenames I designated and in the folders I set.
What I got was the PV360 window showing the final render of the first 'pose' (rendered beautifully), and a preview window of the second 'pose'(no final render at all). I had to manually save the file from the first run, and will have to re-render the second.
Clearly I missed something...
Have a read through the sections under here, it should help.
If I read that correctly, I should be able to set up my first pose, and set it to start at, say... 5:30PM. And then click finish, and then change the position of the model and schedule the next one to start once the previous task is done. Leave the computer on and let it hum overnight...
Do I turn off SolidWorks? I assume my workstation needs to be on and logged in... what about screensaver, etc?
You need to be sure you leave the task scheduler open. Start/Solidworks/utilities/task scheduler. Otherwise nothing will happen.
OK... Set everything up, left the task scheduler running, got nothing this morning. The task scheduler says that both tasks completed, but the files aren't there.
I left SolidWorks closed - I read that it needn't be open (as long as the task scheduler was running). I turned my screen saver off, changed all of the power settings to always on, and left it humming. The renders were scheduled to start at 5:35PM, and the second to start immediately after the first. Looking at the scheduler (screenshot attached), it claims the first render finished in less than a minute, and the second started at 5:36PM.
Dumb question but check your saved file path again. Aldo, have you tried saving the final as a jpeg, see if this works. I seem to remember something about .tif and sheduled renders, I will try and find it.
Also, when the first task starts, does your command prompt box pop up?
The file path is definately correct - I called up the report screen just to make sure I wasn't crazy - the files aren't there. More's the point - there's no way the first render finished in less than a minute (unless my computer's holding out on me... in which case I'm going to be VERY upset) otherwise I wouldn't need to use the task scheduler.
I left the office before it got started (prolly should have waited for it) so I'm not sure about the command prompt. I'll set it up again and observe the start so I can see what happens. I should have some time shortly.
Just test it on a simple part, be quicket to check. Or is it just this file it is happening to?
I use it all the time, with no issues, so Im sure you will get it running sooner or later!
I had a similar problem in 2013. I found that I had the "Network Rendering" option checked in "Photoview 360 Options" without having it setup. Caused the render to pause and wouldn't do anything.
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