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We have developed an online service for 3Ds Max (V-Ray, Corona renderer, Mental ray, Scanline) users to render their projects in automatic mode at any time without manager involvement.
Scenes created in other 3D-packages are still possible to render on MegaRender through technical support. Details...

How to work with the online service:
1. Calculate the cost of rendering in our Megacalculator.

2. Sign in by following the link.
 
3. Select the minute plan:

Economy, Business, Premium - can be selected in the user’s interface of the online service.
Light - available upon agreement with the manager of the farm by using Skype: megarender. More details about the price can be found here.
Important:
The Light tariff is ideal for setting one task (rendering one scene).
Econom - performs 3 tasks simultaneously,
Business - performs 5 tasks simultaneously
Premium - performs 6 tasks simultaneously.

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Important: when rendering a static image, it does not make sense to use the most expensive and fastest plan. It's better to use "distributed rendering" by checking the mark in the settings. With this the scene will be rendered on 10 CPUs simultaneously and it will save your time. Be aware, that the cost will increase by approximately 30%.





4. Add to your balance by any convenient way at "Replenish balance" tab

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5. If you use our service for the first time, you can get 1000 bonus minutes by confirming your phone number in the "Bonuses" section of your account. Bonuses are provided to test the render farm.
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6. Pack your scene with the help of our plug-in, using the instructions.

7. Upload the scene. To do this click the yellow "Add scene" button at the top of the page
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After clicking the button you will be sent the "Upload scene" page. Here you will find a download link for our mega-plugin. If you previously uploaded a scene, but did not send it for verification, select the already loaded scene and click "Next". If you are interested in additional ways to upload a scene, click the "Details" link at the bottom of the page.
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8. Edit the scene settings. All scene settings will be read automatically. If you want to change any of them, you can do it in the interface, which matches 3dsMax settings.



Additional settings


Distributed rendering

Important: when rendering a static image, it does not make sense to use the most expensive and fastest plan. It's better to use "distributed rendering" by checking the mark in the settings. With this the scene will be rendered on 10 CPUs simultaneously and it will save your time. Be aware, that the cost will increase by approximately 30%.

Package versions

We are developing an option to choose 3ds MAX version when launching your task, meanwhile you can contact our tech support if you need a different version (we support 3ds MAX 2016 and 2020.3). Also you can notify tech support if you need a specific version of V-Ray (3.6 and 4.3 supported) or Corona renderer (2, 3.2, 4.1 and 5.2 supported).


RAM size

Select the amount of RAM you need to render your scene. This will help us balance the farm load and reduce the waiting time.

Be aware, that waiting time listed in the selection scroll is an approximation! Generally, the more RAM size is, the fewer computers we have with this RAM size, and the higher the chance is that they will be busy. And it is also not optimal to render smaller and less demanding scenes on the most powerful servers. If you are not sure which RAM size to choose – consult with our FAQ.


Be careful with denoising. Many render engines (including Corona renderer and V-Ray) use a single processor during denoising, and during distributed rendering the rest 9 CPUs will be in stand by, but you will be still charged for renting them.

If you want to avoid this and save up on denoising follow the instructions here.



9. Then follow the status of the task:

Queued
- means your project is in the queue



Started - preparing for launch


Running - the rendering process is going


During the “Running” phase click the “Detail” link and, if the image has already been formed, you'll see a preview and the approximate time of the end of the rendering.

Finished - rendering process is finished




You may also see this status: “Holded by admin” - for some reason your task was stopped by the administrator of the render farm. In this case you need to contact the support. Usually it means that the scene has an error



Holded by billing - render has stopped due to the lack of funds. You need to replenish your balance to continue the work.



10. After the successful upload and start of rendering process, you can see a preview of the rendering picture



11. When the rendering process is finished, download the scene by clicking on the "Download" button next to the task



Attention! If you have more than 50 frames or the size of the frames is more than 200 MB, it is strongly recommended to download it via FileZilla

Look here for step-by-step guide on how to do it.

12. If you use XRefs, merge them before exporting the scene. To do this, open the tab with XRef-scenes.
Select the necessary objects and click Merge.