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FileOut Nodes Don't Render in Shake

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Dec 23, 2010 12:38 PM
So I just got my new Shake 4.1 . . . . YAAAAAAAAHHHHH!

Not so fast. Shake does me no good if I can't render, and I can't! NOOOOOOOOOOOO!

After going through the first tutorial in the manual and all going well, when I do the portion when it comes to actually rendering the Script, I don't end up with any rendered files. I have followed the detials of the steps accurately several times. However, even though Shake appears to go through the render process (I get the little proxy window showing the render in progress), when I navigate to where the rebdered files should be, there is nothing there. Not only that, but if I do a search of my drives, I can find no files anyway that match my file name set in the render.

So what gives? It is rendering (apparently), so why isn't it SAVING the renders.

Any help here would be greatly appreciated. This is very frustrating for obvious reasons, and there seems little point in proceeding too far on this if I can't actually do the most important part successfully.

Thanks
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  • Inconceivable Level 3 Level 3 (640 points)
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    Dec 23, 2010 12:38 PM (in response to nlbford)
    One way of doing it:
    Double click on the fileOut node you want rendered.
    In the Parameters1 tab do you get an 'imageName' field?
    If not, click on the little folder and create one (noting where the file is supposed to go when saved).

    Keep that node selected.

    Then, go up to the main menu above and choose 'Render > Render fileOut Nodes...'

    When that screen comes up, select 'Selected' and then near the bottom left, 'Render.'

    Once finished you will find the file (or files if you're rendering image sequences) in the folder you chose above.
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  • Inconceivable Level 3 Level 3 (640 points)
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    Dec 23, 2010 12:38 PM (in response to nlbford)
    .../Users/Nick/nreal/Tutorial_Media/comp.#.sgi

    You probably know this but your resulting files will be something like this: comp.0001.sgi, comp.0002.sgi...
    The '#' in 'comp.#.sgi' just implies a 4 digit number.

    Another thought, in the Tutorials Manual, Page 43, Step 2 it says to attach a fileOut node to Over1. I think that's wrong, you should attach the fileOut node to Screen1.

    And you're not using the trial version?

    If that's not it I've used up my resources on this one, sorry.

    Did you try a 'Find' using only '.sgi'?
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  • Inconceivable Level 3 Level 3 (640 points)
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    Dec 23, 2010 12:39 PM (in response to nlbford)
    ...but wouldn't rendering out a
    different portion of the Tree still result in SOME
    kind of render, if not the final one?


    True I suppose. It looks like I'm barely ahead of you on the learning curve however so I bet Patrick or CaptM will have a better answer.

    I'm switching back and forth between Apple's tutes and Marco Paolini's book. Just ordered 3 of Gnomon's Shake Training DVD's too.
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  • Inconceivable Level 3 Level 3 (640 points)
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    Dec 23, 2010 12:39 PM (in response to nlbford)
    ...I thought FileOut nodes could be used at anypoint in
    a Tree in order to get a render of that particular
    point in the Tree. Meaning that I would THINK that
    rendering out the "Over1" node would get SOME result,
    just not the FINAL result with all the parameters. I
    would think that I would at least get a render of
    that simple comp that the "Over1" is executing.
    Right? I am understanding the cocept correctly aren't
    I?


    AFAIK, an Over node needs some image element to composite over. I think it's an inbetween node that needs two image elements on either side. So, in the book's tutorial example, it's over a fileOut node and therefore 'Over1' has no idea what it's actually over. Its output is null. Now, why you got a flipbook to render something with that setup is a mystery unless when you did the flipbook you accidentally had another node selected.

    I should probably stop speculating now...
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  • Inconceivable Level 3 Level 3 (640 points)
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    Dec 23, 2010 12:40 PM (in response to nlbford)
    Glad you got it sorted.
    Happy compositing!
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  • Foundry Calculating status...
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    Dec 23, 2010 12:40 PM (in response to nlbford)
    nlbford,

    I had the same problem as well as a couple of others. It is suppose to render off of the over1 node. I kept going through the same process that you did and was unable to get it to render out actual files - Even though I got the flip book visual like you did. Finally I simply did a full uninstall and then reinstalled the software. After the reinstall it worked perfectly as described in the tutorial. Highly suggest you do this. It's not like installing FCP Studio it only took about 5 minutes for the entrie process. At least it is working now. Apple offers 90-days of support for this. Just call 800-sos-appl to get the support for uninstalling.

    Thanks,
    Stacy
    The Foundry
    iMac Dual Core Intel, Mac OS X (10.4.7), 1Gig Ram

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