Simple Batch Render

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Simple Batch Render (works on windows only)

When you need to render out pictures from one or many blenderfiles this addon on makes it very easy to make a .bat file that can be executed from inside Blender or as it separate .bat file started with a click from your desktop without having to open up Blender first.

Who is it for?

It is for us that easy want to be able to run one or many different blenderfiles with a .bat file in windows* 
With this Addon it is very easy to make this bat file and it is as default saved on your desktop. 
*will only work in Windows and not for Linux or OS 

Easy batch rendering tool 

Since the addon Simple Batch Render as default takes care of where Blender is run** from in Windows and also put the .bat file on the current users desktop** this addon is very simple to use. Also there is no need to know how to make a bat file and what commands that are needed to run Blender from this bat file. All is done by the addon Simple Batch Render. 
**Of Course can you change where you want to put the .bat file and also you can change where Blender is installed.

How to use and why

With this addon you can work all day with your blend files, add the rendering jobs from each blend file to the bat file and when you are done for the day simple start the bat file from inside blender or from your desktop. In the addon the only thing that can be changed is what frame/frames is to be rendered. Everything else will be as in the current blend file for each job. There is also a very easy to open up the file in Notepad (from inside Blender) to see what jobs that are added or if changes is to be made. You can remove jobs from the file simple by adding "rem" in front of that job in the bat file and then save the file before closing it.


Instalation

Installing Simple Batch render is simple:
Download the file
Select: File → User Preferences ... → Add-ons from the menu
Click ‘Install from file …’ (at the bottom of the screen) and select the: Simple_Batch_render.py file
Click ‘Install from file ...’ (at the top right of the screen)
Check the enable check box to the left of the add-on you just installed
The add-on will now be available in the Render tab at the bottom.

Installing an updated version of Simple Batch Render

If you want to replace a previous version of Simple Batch Render you have to remove the old version first. to do this, go to File → User preferences … → Add-ons and either search for IDMapper or go to the ‘Render’ category where it will be located. Click on the add-on and then on the ‘Remove’ button. after removing the old version follow the instructions above to install the new version.

How it works

For the addon to work the .blend file need to be saved. Also there must be a valid path to where blender is installed, as default the addon sets the path to the current blender running. The .bat file must have the extension .bat. As default the addon add the file "Simple Batch Render.bat" to the desktop of the current user. 

Add render to queue – Adds current blend file to the queue

Start frame – Sets the start frame to render [default is 0001]

End frame – Sets the end frame to render [default is 0001]
(If start frame and end frame is the same only this frame is rendered.)

Blender start path – Here is the path to where blender.exe is installed [default is the path to the current blender running]

Save bat file to – Where the .bat file is located [default is current users desktop]

Open file in Notepad – Here you can open the file in notepad and make changes or just look on what will be rendered.

Start Batch Render – Starts the .bat file and runs all job inside the file.

Start Render and shutdown – Starts the .bat file and after completed run of all the jobs it shuts down the computer.

Remove all renders from queue – Removes all jobs in the queue 

Updates

2017-08-03
The function "Remove all renders from queue" has been moved down. It was to easy to click on. 

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