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I'm not sure if your doing post in photoshop but also check your colour settings (Working spaces, colour management policies). I have been stung with that in the past when opening up a file using a different colour management profile, accidentally changing the profile without me noticing and wondering why all my images look like garbage. It's one of those things where it will look fine in photoshop but can look awful on another device that might not have that colour profile.

There's also the old Max/ vray gamma settings that used to drive me mad, but if your renders are looking the same one your computer I doubt it's that, I'm not even sure if it's even an issue anymore?

I used to have a standard non calibrated Dell monitor that I would check all my images on, most end clients would be using something rubbish so for my own sanity I would make sure it looked good on that and my calibrated one, although I just check on my phone now like others have suggested.

Hardware / Re: Setting up network via switch
« on: 2021-06-04, 14:49:52 »
Ok great, I will give it another go when I have some spare time. I believe cat 5e cables are fine for 2.5gbps so all good there.

Thanks for your help, very much appreciated!

Hardware / Re: Setting up network via switch
« on: 2021-06-01, 18:25:49 »
I might be wrong but I think you just need the router to manage and assign IP addresses through DHCP.  It doesn't need the internet.  If you were to manually assign IP addresses to everything you might get away without a router.  But it doesn't matter if the router is connected to the internet, it just needs to be plugged into your switch.  So everything can still be on the switch, but the router needs to be on there unless you are going to do IP addresses manually (or if your switch is fancy and can do DHCP for you).

Hope that helps, that's my setup and it works like a charm.  I did have similar issues to you prior to connecting my router.

Amazing thanks for the help! I will buy a router and see if that fixes it. My NAS and 2 WS are all using 2.5gbps Ethernet so would I need a router that has 2.5gbps as well? I'm just wondering if I went for a standard 1gbps router to save money would that affect the transfer speeds between workstations and the Nas?

Hardware / Setting up network via switch
« on: 2021-06-01, 14:02:49 »

I'm looking for a bit of help regarding setting up a network to use backburner/CoronaDR. I currently have a Nas (qnap TS-x53D) A new workstation I purchased and my old workstation- which I want as a render node. I currently have the 2 workstations connected via Ethernet cable to the nas with the drive mapped and manually setting off jobs on both which is not ideal. So now I need to get the 2 workstations to see each other to network render but I can't work out how.

I bought a 2.5gbps Ethernet switch ( and thought it would be a simple case of plugging the NAS and 2 workstations in and it should work....but nothing is communicating. So I have been doing some more research and everything I read is saying I need a router connected to the Internet to allow my WS+NAS to communicate via a switch? The problem is in my studio space I only have wifi and connect to the internet that way, I also don't want my NAS connected to the Internet for security reasons especially after the recent QNAP malware situation. Is it not possible to connect my 3 devices locally without the internet? I have built computers in the past but this networking has completely thrown me and I have ended up confused down a rabbit hole of info...


[Max] Bug Reporting / error saving zdepth
« on: 2021-02-19, 12:31:46 »

I recently rendered out a few animations and was testing out file formats to save and I had some errors when trying to save TGA or PNG.

The TGA was sent through backburner and PNG rendered straight from the scene.
They saved out the 1st frame elements but failed once it got to the zdepth, which in turned stopped the rendering of the 2nd frame. I wondered if it was something to do with the alpha settings in the file settings? Or if it's an error with my instal and I just need to do a reinstall?

I ended up saving as a TIFF which worked fine but it would be good to know the cause in case I have to save them out in the future.


Just out of curiosity - why3950x, why not 5950x?

Ah sorry I wrote down the wrong name, will correct. Thanks for picking that up

Such a shame it looks like there won't be a new TR anytime soon, Looks like they have too much TRpro stock that they need to shift.

How are people finding the Ryzen 5950x to work with? I was looking into buying a new TR machine but the thought of buying a year old chip is putting me off- silly I know but when you're paying £4k just for the cpu...

So I'm thinking about building a 5950x to work on. Vray benchmark seems fairly close to my current 2990wx which is crazy and it should be faster for actual work and have my TR 2990wx as a node,  then purchase a new TR when they come year?

Gallery / Minimalist
« on: 2021-01-13, 15:43:21 »
Hi All,
I just finished a little animation and thought I would share, it's been many years since I have done one but it was really fun to have a play around again and make a change from the usual stills.
Happy to answer any questions,


Gallery / Re: Mid Century Modern 3D virtual tour
« on: 2020-11-11, 18:34:14 »
Honestly the modeling here is really nice and the chair in the second image is very pretty. +1

The stucco material that features prominently in these images, where does it come from?

Also, of course, what is the lighting scenario?

Thanks! The material is just a composite of a few wall textures I have (diffuse) and a bump and displacement. The lighting is super simple and is just a corona sun and sky, that is my go to for any day shots. I like that you have a bit more control over the sun direct compared to a hdri.

Great job! the tour is very effective. I toyed with the idea of using Layama but haven't had the right project to use it on. Have one in the works though that I think could be ideal so will maybe do it for that.
I love Animation, VR and tech etc, but I'll always be a sucker for beautiful still images, which you have many! Thanks for sharing.
Thank you! I had been wanting to try out a walkthrough for a while but I felt the click and jump movement you typically get is a bit jarring. I'm really impressed with Layama so would highly recommend it, the only downside is you cant add any interactivity to it such as viewing videos or being able to click through to a link that some clients might want.

Gallery / Re: Mid Century Modern 3D virtual tour
« on: 2020-11-10, 13:16:04 »
As always James, these are outstanding. 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼
Thank you, much appreciated!

Thanks Philip! I'm using motiva layama to deal with the walk through part, I'm really impressed with how straight forward it was and its just a one off payment. It sorts out all the render settings in Max as well. The end resolution is 12,000x2048 and I ended up doing 16 renders for the space, although think I could of got away with doing less.

Gallery / Mid Century Modern 3D virtual tour
« on: 2020-11-08, 17:43:37 »
Hi Everyone,

I have been working on a proof of concept to offer an interactive walk through of a 3D space
as an alternative to long walk through animations that client typically ask for
(which I hate). I have used Layama to put it together which I think came out well.

Theres also some stills to go along with it for my social media.

Link below to view the walkthrough


Gallery / Re: Horatio Court, Santa Monica
« on: 2020-04-15, 16:09:59 »
Thanks for the nice comments! The only problem now is not having any other portfolio ideas to occupy my time with...

Some of the loveliest and natural lighting I've seen in a while, would you mind sharing a little breakdown on how you achieve it?

Thank you!
The lighting is super basic, for the day shots its a Corona sun and sky and the evening is a HDRI from NoEmotion.

 I tend to go between different views adjusting all the object materials with colour corrects until everything starts to sit nicely together. I find that makes a big difference and not so much the lighting setup

Gallery / Horatio Court, Santa Monica
« on: 2020-04-14, 19:05:28 »
Hey everyone,

Finally managed to finish a new portfolio project during this Lock-down and thought I would share it with everyone

I came across the architecture of Irving Gill during my travels in America walking past Horatio Court (completely by accident) and thought it would be fun to try and re-create and try to capturing the "LA vibe".

Thanks for looking!
More of my work on the socials below

Hardware / Re: BenQ PD3200Q DesignVue 32 inch?
« on: 2020-01-02, 12:27:47 »
I bought the PD2700U a few months ago to replace my old monitor (also benq) and it really is a great monitor for the price, would highly recommend.

I have also noticed some serious lag recently especially when I stop a render, my whole system seems to freeze until 3dsmax/Corona has completed what it needs to do. Maybe it's something to do with Corona 5? (I also have the 2990wx)

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