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The Render Menu and Render View
The Render Menu
The Render View
To access Maya's Render menu you need switch to Maya's Rendering Menu set (shortcut is F5). RenderMan for Maya (when set as the active renderer) will display the following menu items in the Render menu:
Render Current Frame
Renders an image using Maya's currently active view as the camera (this behavior can be overridden). While this may appear to be a single process, two things are going on: first RenderMan for Maya translates the scene, then Pixar's RenderMan, the core rendering engine, renders the images. As the image renders, it will appear in the Render View.
Redo Previous Render
Renders from the camera used during the last render, regardless of the active window.
A selection of resolution presets for preview rendering.
Uses the resolution of the active Maya window.
Uses the full resolution as defined in the Maya Render Globals window; the default setting is 320x240.
50% of the resolution as defined in the Render Globals window.
25% of the resolution as defined in the Render Globals window.
10% of the resolution as defined in the Render Globals window.
Starts a batch render of the Maya file. The images are rendered to a directory, defined by the user. Batch render jobs run in the background, as a separate process, which has the benefit allowing the user to continue to work in the current Maya session (as long as the computer system has sufficient resources).
Specify a renderer.
Sets RenderMan as the active renderer.
Select from a variety of other supported renderers for Maya.
The menu items shown in Maya's Render menu will change depending on which renderer is active.
RenderMan for Maya displays rendering images in Maya's Render View. The Render View has its own selection of menus and buttons. All of these features are functional (except for IPR) and can be used seamlessly with RenderMan for Maya. See the Maya documentation for more information.
To Open the Render View:
1) Select the following:
Window > Rendering Editors > Render View
To switch Renderers:
The active renderer can be set in the following ways:
1) Choose a renderer from drop-down menu.
2) Select a renderer from the Render View sub-menu:
Options > Render> [pick a renderer]
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