04 — Task settings

Once you’ve added your scene to Golem via the Task view, you can set task & render specific options in the Task Settings view. Once set and sent to the network, you cannot change these settings, but you can view them by clicking the > arrow at the right end of the Task list entry.

At the top, there is a view for rendering a local test of your scene. This allows you to make sure everything is working correctly, before you commit it to the network. You might have to wait a while, depending on the rendering power of your machine.

Here is a view of typical settings for a Blender scene.

Typical task settings

04.1 Blender Task Settings

Preset

Create and manage a number of presets to simplify the process of rendering with Golem. Create presets for commonly used sizes, frame ranges, or whatever combination of settings is handy for you.

Dimensions

Set width & height of your scene

Frame range

Define frames to render. You can separate frame numbers with ;, eg. 1;4;7 will define frame 1, 4 and 7. You can also define frames ranges with -, eg. 1-4 will define frame 1, 2, 3 and 4. Finally, you can also define every x-th frame with ,, eg. 1-10,2 will define frames 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9. So defining frames to render as 1-4;7;10-30,5 will render frames with numbers: 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30.

Format

For Blender supported formats are .png, .tga, .exr, .jpeg and .bmp

Output to

Override the default save location (set in App Settings) to save your rendered output. If you are rendering several frames then frame number will be added to the file name. You can specify where it will be added by using # notation, ie. if you define output as ~/project/output_file_####.png then frames ~/project/output_file_0001.png, etc. will be created.

Compositing

Turn off or on postprocessing compositing. It’s suggested to turn off this option if you have more subtasks than frames, otherwise images may not be rendered correctly.

Timeout

Depending on your settings related to price and trust, it may take a while for your task to be accepted by the network. Setting a time limit here will let Golem know the maximum time you will wait for a task to be accepted by the network.

Number of subtasks

Tells the system how many subtasks to break a task into. Generally if you are rendering a number of frames you should set subtasks to the same number

Subtask timeout

Set the maximum time you are prepared to wait for a subtask to complete.

04.2 Luxrender Task Settings

Preset

Create and manage a number of presets to simplify the process of rendering with Golem. Create presets for commonly used sizes, frame ranges, or whatever combination of settings is handy for you.

Dimensions

Set height & width of your scene

Samples per pixel

Set number of samples per pixel

Format

Luxrender supported formats are .png, .exr and .tga.

Output to

Override default file output location. An .flm file with the same name as the directory will be created.

Number of subtasks

This value should be a divisor of the expected samples per pixels

Subtask timeout

Set the maximum time you are prepared to wait for a subtask to complete.

04.3 Price

Set the amount of GNT that you are prepared to pay for this task.

Your bid

Here you can set the price per hour you are prepared to pay for processing tasks

Estimate

The estimated price that you’ll have to pay to render the task