HOW to use 3Delight Stand Alone Render Engine (tutorial)
This is a windows specific tutorial, it includes DOS commands, so you will need to locate your DOS Prompt in windows. It will most likely be found in ACCESSORIES
First: Download and install the render engine
Open a Scene in DAZ Studio
Go to your render settings, ADVANCED OPTIONS
Scroll to the bottom of that tab
Check RENDER TO RIB
Click on the file button and save a file. Four our purposes we will just call it FILE (FILE.RIB) but you only need to type FILE (it will add the RIB extension)
Check KEEP SHADOWS and COLLECT AND LOCALIZE
(this will write all your renderman shaders to a local file folder. The file folder will be called file_collected (File (underscore) collected)
hit RENDER A new window will pop up but it will remain black. A dialog box will also pop up and show progress. ONce that dialog box dissapears, the RIB file will be ready.
OPEN Your DOS Prompt
You will need go to the folder where your files are located.
I save MY files in My Library\documents\daz 3d\rib\
So, as my dos prompt opens up in My Library, I must type "cd documents\daz 3d\rib\file_collected\
(NOTE: you have actually created TWO rib files, each with the same file name. Ignore the one that is NOT in file_collected unless you are keeping your DAZ Studio scene open, going to the file_collected folder will allow you to close that scene)
type the following command: renderdl -id file.rib
IF you do not wish to watch your render in progress, you can type: renderdl file.rib
BUT adding the "-id" will open the 3Delight i-display which will display your render in progress
when the render is done, save it from i-display to where ever...
You may now delete the file_collected folder and all its content
Your render should be exactly what you would see in the DAZ studio native render engine with the possible exception of the background colour. That part I have yet to figure out... so if anyone knows how to make that stick... I don't think I can yet have a background image work either, but I have not tried yet. I still have to rely on DAZ Studio for that part.
I run a quad core intel i5 and have seen no real difference in render speed even though the 3Delight free stand alone is limited to two cores. You may, of course, experience different results.