Render times can be improved dramatically by having more computers contributing to rendering static images and animations. This is done transparently by installing and connecting the render node application to the main Thea Render integration. And even better, the render node application is free of charge, thus you can use all your spare machines to accelerate render results.

The Thea Node application needs to be installed on every machine on your network that will be acting as a render nodes.

You should always make sure that both the integrations (Thea for SketchUp / Rhino) and Thea Node are the same version and revision.
Example: Thea for SketchUp v3.0.1145.1951 and Thea Node v3.0.008.1951. Both applications are version 3 and Revision 1951.

Please ignore the following message in the command line: Warning: Presto OCL compatible module has not been found
AMD graphics card are not supported under Linux.

Network Rendering

Network Rendering requires a Server and the Nodes to start working on a project. In this case:

  • Server: This is either the Thea for SketchUp or the Thea for Rhino integrations.
  • Nodes: The Thea Node applications running on all other machines on the same network.

Running the Thea Node

After launching the Thea Node, it will start scanning the network for projects (Scanning for projects.......). Once a network rendering job has been initiated from within Thea for SketchUp or Thea for Rhino, all nodes will connect to the Thea Server and start contributing to the rendering process.

Learn how to setup Thea for SketchUp and Thea for Rhino for Network Rendering here.

In case you want to manually set the IP Address of the Server machine, have a look at the "5. Network Rendering in a mixed environment (Virtual Network)" in the Troubleshooting page.