You can render the assembly representations in your scene, including geometry contained by Scene representations and Alembic-based
Cache representations. This lets you setup your scene with Cache representations and low-resolution Scene representations
for test renders and lighting tests. You can then switch to high-resolution Scene representations for final renders. Scenes
containing Assembly representations can be rendered using batch render (Render > Batch Render ) and single frame Render > Render Current Frame commands.
The Maya Render Settings window includes options for Scene Assembly that let you specify which representations to render based on your workflow. Using
the render settings you can:
- Render the representations currently active in your scene for quick render tests.
See Render active representations.
- Define a filter that specifies which representations to render at render time. For example, you can layout a shot sequence
with lightweight Cache representations, then specify that the high-resolution Scene representations of your assets are rendered
at batch render time. Use this method to specify representations in simple to moderately complex assembly reference hierarchies.
See Specify assembly references to render.
- Use regular expressions to specify which representations to render at render time. For example, you can use regular expressions
that traverse assembly reference hierarchy and render representations contained by deeply nested assembly reference nodes.
Regular expressions provide a good solution when specifying representations in moderately to highly complex assembly reference
See Use regular expressions to specify representations for render.
- Create a custom script to traverse the Assembly hierarchy and active the desired representations, as well as perform any
custom operations required for your specific render. For example, a script can activate a specific representation for each
assembly based on the distance the assembly reference is from the camera.
See Scripting representation rendering.
You can access the Scene Assembly render options in the Render Settings window by selecting . You can render representations in scene files that contain assemblyReference nodes.
NoteThe options are designed to work with assembly references. Using these options to render assembly definitions may not produce
the desired results.
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