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renderStacks 3.16

renderStacks 3.16 has been released.

  • New -Multi Visibility pmodifier mode.
    In the video, “onBase” pass group has “base” Visibility set with base cylinder. Then, “etc” and “TubeTeapot” had Visibility sets with corresponding layers.
  • Improved – Treeview drawing performance improvement – 174 passes setup took 5.7s to start renderStacks. Now it takes less than a second.
  • Fixed – Mergepass was crashing when passgroup is used.
  • Fixed – When the read-only property was used, rednerStack was crashing.

renderStacks 2.91

renderStacks 2.91 has been released.

  • New PhoenixSim pmodifier with comprehensive Deadline support.
  • New – New – rsPrvRender Environment Map override. It is On override to temporarily turn on Environment Map while previewing.
  • New <SceneName_no_ver2> token which removes 2 characters in front of digits.
  • Improved – Skip Existing Images support for RenderCommon pmodifier.
  • Fixed – ObjSet editor resize issue
  • Fixed – This Dotnet runtime error should have been fixed.

renderStacks 2.77

renderStacks 2.77 has been released.

!!! If you are using a non-commercial version. 2.77 probably have been expired. Please download 2.78 again.

2.77 – 5/25/2023

  • New – Controller support for ObjParams/ManyObjectParams
  • New – All On, All off support for atmospherics/RenderElement/RenderEffects
  • Improved – When Visibility doesn’t have any set assigned. It would hide all objects since nothing has been selected to be visible. It could be annoying when you made a new Visibility pmod. Now, if no selection method is assigned(for example, you set to a layer set but have not chosen any layer set), Visibility pmod wouldn’t do anything.
  • Improved – Overscan is disabled for xref camera. It would not crash.
  • Fixed – RenderEffects was broken.
  • Fixed – disabled base ManyObjectParams was still actived.
  • Fixed –  ObjSet editor was busted. Fixed everything.

renderStacks 2.72

renderStacks 2.72 has been released.

2.72 – 2/15/2023

  • Improved — Update Render Setup dialog only when Common/RenderElement is active. If you usually open renderer tabs, you probably wouldn’t need to close Render Setup dialog all the time.
  • Fixed – static Overscan issues
  • Fixed – Preview render was failing when render output was not set properly
  • Fixed – Remove unnecessary output path error
  • Fixed – Using rsUserPreSubmitFn would have crashed the submission

renderStacks 2.65

renderStacks 2.65 has been released.

!!! updated with 2.66 with a small hot fix. Please re-download 2.66

  • NewMtlMapParams modifier – now you can control any material/map parameter per pass.
  • New Generate Batch – You can generate batch file for local rendering instead of using the current session. It will launch 3dsmaxbatch and render the selected passes. Since it is using 3dsmaxbatch, it only supports 2018.4+.
    • Improved – Prop/Obj Selection dialog is now resizable and shows the name also in the tooltip. This is the dialog that you use to add properties or objects for MtlMapParams, ObjParams, RendererParams.
  • Fixed – UI was not updating when a new pmodifier was added
  • Fixed – rsPrv reset will properly load saved defaults

renderStacks 2.59

renderStacks 2.59 has been released.

  • New – ChaosPlayer support. I tried MRVIewer and DJV, RV. ChaosPlayer is still my favorite.
  • Improved – Removed backup render preset from rsPrvRender. Ya, that polluting render presets are gone.
  • Fixed – output preview button display. The black button at bottom center.
  • Fixed -Output folder should be generated only when local rendering or submiiting to network render. Changing pass wouldn’t;t generate the output folder.
  • Fixed – Bad plugin error – If you run rsPrv, most pmodifier showed “Bad plugin….” msg and had to restart renderStacks. That is fixed.

renderStacks 2.57

renderStacks 2.57 has been released.

  • !!! renderStacks supports only 3dsMax 2017.1+ from now on !!!
  • New – Disabling the ::base pmodifier support.
    Sometimes you want to disable all pmodifiers of a type for troubleshooting and such. Now you can disable pmodifiers in ::base. Then, all the same type pmodifiers in all passes will be disabled.
  • New – Overscan warning for Alembic camera. If a pass uses an alembic camera, the warning will pop up when an alembic camera is used for the pass.
  • New – hotkeys
    • Move to top/bottom – Home/End
      move selected nodes to top/bottom at the same level
    • Arrow – expand/collapse/move up and down
      left – collapse (previously it was E)
      right – expand (previously it was W)
      up – move up
      down – move down
  • New – Treeview active status
    When treeview is not in focus, the selected node color turns dark gray. This should prevent accidentally pressing the hotkey for enderStacks.

renderStacks 2nd anniversary interview – Ignacio Mullor

I know it is a little bit late. But, renderStacks had a 2-year-old birthday last month!
To celebrate the birthday, we had an interview with our awesome user, Ignacio Mullor.

Who are you, awesome renderStacks user? Please introduce yourself. 

My name is Ignacio Mullor, I’m a Freelance CG creator from Barcelona located in Japan at the moment.

I’m in a freelance unit with my partner and we usually, often alongside other freelancers, do some client work. I am also in contact with Japanese and abroad companies if there are exciting and challenging projects around.
I had to learn how to build my own server and develop some good online workflows so we can work remotely in a convenient way. Effectiveness is the key when resources are limited!

In addition to my client work I’m also actively developing “personal projects / original content”.

 

Talk to us about your typical project. What do you do?

I’m afraid I don’t have a “typical” project, I like new challenges so I jump from Commercials, to Videogames, Anime, LookDev, Big Events, Theme Park Attractions, VR…
My role in each project is very flexible too, I can be leading some small group of artists for an event CG experience with a 360º screen with 16000x2000px screens/projections, or I can be with the look development department of a video game for a big studio, doing some VR experience for an indie project, or taking care of some shots for some very trendy Anime.

My typical job then, would be to make something happen in the smoothest possible way for everyone involved, making it look as cool as it can be. Sorry I tried my best to be specific but… it is what it is 🙂

 

What kinds of other render/scene management solutions have you used before? If so, what made you use renderStacks?

I started with the veteran RPM, Vexus and Max native State Sets, and in between some other less popular tools.

RPM was fine but was aging fast. Vexus was great too but node base is not fast enough sometimes, and every exception in the pass management would become a “noodle festival” even if I tried to keep it as clean as possible. Then State Sets… don’t even get close to that, please! very bad experiences with it.

So when I first heard about RenderStacks I was immediately interested in it because the “modifier based” method seemed faster to set up than every other solution I’ve tried before.

 

How is renderStacks helping your job?

Being generic I would say reliability and speed, and then in more detail I would add that thanks to RenderStacks we could challenge projects that seemed way too massive for a handful of artists, with crazy lengths, resolutions, or amount of scenes… so, empowerment is the word?

You stop thinking about rendering problems, and start focusing on how it all looks.

Especially the very short span commercial works, where a single miss in a render before a tight delivery can be critical. Renderstacks has been there to deliver every single time, and if there has been some punctual issue, Quasicrystal reaction time has been amazing too.

 

What was the best feature of renderStacks for you?

Ease of setup, automatic naming rules for the EXR exports. Recently added “groups” are also awesome, they give the extra power that only node-base ways could do before but now in a very compact modifier way. “Visibility Modifier” the (OS) Object Selection mode, I’m addicted to that one, you can add and remove layers, selection sets, and others… at will from just one single list, no more “let’s add all to a selection set just in case” you can have your scene very organized in layers and use it as it is.

The 1 click preview button, VFB settings capture, custom MaxScript execution, The list goes and goes…

 

Do you have any example of a project which renderStacks really helped?

RenderStacks has been helping with all of my most recent commercials, events, and games. In every single one of them it made the rendering process fast and easy.

A more precise answer could be some anime production where every background is a drawing and gets camera mapped to simplified objects in the background, then it needs to be exported in an endless amount of render passes to be composited later, all that layers create this parallax effect when moving.

Renderstacks was awesome for this matter, we could set up 1 scene, and then from there it was as easy as to just drop objects in the right layer folder and would get rendered with the proper lights, exported in the right place with the right name and ready for compositing. Again, you forget about render settings and start paying attention to the looks.

 

What do you want to say to the future renderStacks user?

If you need to handle big projects with an small team, or individuals that want to have easy control over your scenes render passes, or “big” companies that need a reliable way to handle passes where the artist just needs to drop stuff on the right “layer folder” and press a button… then RenderStacks is for you.

I can understand that the amount of options can be intimidating at the beginning, but focus on the basics first, for example : “cameras”, “lights” and “visibility” and then later add “matte objects”, “render elements” and from there adding more modifiers at your pace.

I don’t even use all the options there are in RenderStacks yet, every project I challenge some new options If I need to, and I’m impressed by how much it can accomplish every single time.

Give it a try ( it’s free for non-commercial use ) and in less than 1h of formation you will see how convenient and how much it will accelerate your workflow.

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