If you’ve ever found yourself with the need to render multiple Blender projects overnight, this is the program for you!
RenderPilot is a render manager for Blender, and if you’re working on a project with a lot of long render times, this little thing is about to become your best friend.
Maybe you’ve been working on a huge project all day, and you’ve only got one workstation. You may want to save all your rendering until later, perhaps overnight, when you’re not actually using the workstation. That way, your computer is being used 24 hours a day to it’s fullest potential.
Renderpilot brings that functionality to Blender. I’ve seen a couple other render managers for Blender, but none of them did exactly what I wanted. I always set up my .blend files with the correct output paths and frame ranges, so they are ready to render as soon as I’m about to step away from my computer. I just wanted a batch renderer that was basically a list of projects. It would render one project, and as soon as that finished, go right on to the next project in the list. No setting frames or output paths, just drag the projects in and press “go”. It could run through projects all night without any input from me.
Created by Blender artist wigglyframes, this simple program was just what I needed. For a while I was doing this in the command prompt on Windows 7. I wasn’t a huge fan of this, even though it was relatively simple. I wanted a drag-and-drop UI. I found RenderPilot on BlenderArtists just as I was thinking I may have to learn enough programming to make my own UI for the command prompt functions I was using.
What a great tool! Thanks, wigglyframes! Below you’ll find a short tutorial on how to use it and the links to download it. Apparently work is underway on a v2.0 but it’s not ready for release yet. The current v1.0 is exactly what I need,anyway. Although that progress bar would be pretty cool!
Also, this program is Windows only. I’ve asked wigglyframes if I could help facilitate getting it ported to Mac and Linux, but I haven’t heard back yet. Anyone have any ideas on how we can help get this to Mac and Linux users? Maybe there’s already something similar out there for those platforms? Please share in the comments if there is! I’ll update this post if we find something or if I hear more from wigglyframes.
Links to download RenderPilot:
- Program : https://www.dropbox.com/s/ajjz9gigti…Pilot.exe?dl=0
- English manual: https://www.dropbox.com/s/q4cinadenc…t_Eng.pdf?dl=0
- German manual: https://www.dropbox.com/s/fs9vrkjaik…t_Ger.pdf?dl=0