Batch Render Tools
Also, while I have used this add-on on very long renders without any problems, please be advised that you use this at your own risk. I suggest doing a short test render before anything big to make sure it works as you expect it to.
Batch Render Tools is a series of tools to help doing batch renders of single or multiple files in Blender. Batch render tools can render many different files at once, each with their own frame ranges if desired (otherwise it uses the frame range in the target file). Simply add a batch job and browse to the desired blend file, re-order the jobs if you want them rendered in a specific order (render happens from top to bottom) and then press 'Run batch render'. If you want, Blender can now be closed and the render will continue until either it is finished or the Command Prompt Window (which opens when rendering is started) is closed.
If you have a folder of blends and want to quickly add them as jobs then you can use 'Batch jobs from directory' in the 'Additional Tools' menu (shown below) to browse to a folder and generate the batch jobs. Alternatively, also from the 'Additional Tools' menu, you can export the batch jobs as a Windows Batch file (.bat) using the 'Generate .bat file' tool.
Enabling the add-on adds two panels to the 'Render' tab of the 'Properties Editor':
- Batch Render Tools - The main panel for adding, managing and rendering batch render jobs.
- Command Prompt Tools - a small panel for quickly opening the command prompt in the Blender installation directory.
Batch Render Tools Panels:
|Batch Render Tools Panel:||Additional Tools Menu:||Command Prompt Tools Panel:|
Batch Render Tools Options:
Run batch render
Renders all the batch jobs. The button will be disabled if there are no render jobs or if one or more jobs has an invalid filepath. Blender will not only remain active while rendering, but can be completely closed. To cancel the render close the command prompt window.
Option to hibernate the computer after batch rendering. (Don't know if you have to explicitly enable this in Windows first)
Batch jobs summary
A summary of all the batch jobs: Number of batch jobs, Number of batch jobs set to render, Number of total frames that will be rendered.
Add batch render job
Adds a new batch render job using the current blender file as the filepath (if blend file is saved, otherwise will be blank and display an error).
Expand all batch jobs
Changes the display mode of all batch jobs to 'expanded'.
Collapse all batch jobs
Changes the display mode of all batch jobs to 'collapsed'.
Generates a windows Batch file with all the commands necessary to render the batch jobs.
Loads a directory of blend files as separate batch jobs.
Delete all batch jobs
Deletes all the batch render jobs.
Batch Job Options:
Name of the batch job to identify it. Will use the name of the blend file when using 'Batch jobs from directory'.
Whether or not the batch job will be included in the render. Means you don't have to delete a job (and lose its settings) if you want to temporarily keep a job from rendering.
Make a copy of the batch job.
Re-order the batch jobs. Order affects the render order (top to bottom).
Delete the batch job.
Filepath to the blend to be rendered. By default this will be set to the current blend file (if the blend file is saved, otherwise will be blank and display an error until a valid filepath is supplied).
Use the frame range set in the target file (specified by 'Filepath') instead of specifying a custom one.
If 'Frame range from file' is disabled you can set which frame to start rendering from.
If 'Frame range from file' is disabled you can set which frame to rendering to.
An expandable panel containing additional rendering options
Command Prompt Tools Options:
Opens a command prompt window in the blender installation directory.
When 'Open Command Prompt' is clicked the path to the current blend file will be copied to the clipboard.
If 'Copy path' is enabled then the background option can be enabled which will mean blender's background command (
blender -b) will also be copied to the clipboard. E.g. with this option enabled you will be able to paste this into the newly opened command prompt:
blender -b "PATHTOBLEND"