I have tried Kerkythea, but found that I’d do a render and have to then open the file to see it - makes test renders a bit of a PITA - am i not doing something right?
I really don’t think you are. At the risk of teaching my grandfather to suck eggs, this is how it goes….......
Arggggg! Why does rudy board do its own thing when you upload shots in the correct order ie back to front. Figs 3 & 2 are the wrong way round and will not change. !!! Hate it, Hate, Hate, Hate it.
Calm be calm; I’ve made and saved a small test scene into which I drop (Merge) any model I wish to test, so step…....
1. Merge model into scene and set up a pov, in this case (Fig 1) camera 9#
2. In the bottom right hand corner of the UI is the Quick view render window together with a small round green icon with a running man on it.
This as you probably know is the button for starting up your render. It is of course one of two identical options the second being the self same icon which is situated on the extreme right of the tool bar at the top of the main view screen. (Fig 1)
3. Clicking on this top icon or the bottom right icon in the quick view window brings up the camera setting panel where as you have found out, you select your resolution; render engine preset amongst other things. and the start render button. (Fig 2)
4. To the right of this top render icon are two greyed out icons, which you’ve probably noticed spring into life whilst the render is taking place. The blue one immediately to the right of the running man is the pause button with the end red one the stop rendering immediately button.
5. Normally the green icon is extinguished whilst the engine is rendering so it greys out. Now the button you need is the one to the left of the top green running man icon, it’s square with a little tree on it. (Fig 3) If you select that with your mouse this half size window pops up, (Fig 4).
If the render has finished you can adjust either or both the exposure or the gamma. You also have access to alternative gamma controls. Obviously you can enlarge the image to have a better look at the results, if happy with the result, you can save the image from this panel as well.
More to the point, if for example you just can’t wait to see what is happening and find the quick view is too small you can select this icon whilst the engine is rendering and up will pop the main render view at the size you set it at. To what extent you will be able to see anything depends on the settings on either the biased or unbiased engine and how long it has been rendering.
Hope this long winded explanation gives you what you have been looking for.