I was hoping someone may be able to help with this issue or have come across it before in their travels.
I've a fairly straight forward garden scene. I have some fairly high poly animated tree proxies that I have scattered using latest Forest pack v7.1.1 and suffering with large parsing times. Use Max 2021, Corona 6.0 (use an AMD3990x and had issues with hotfix 0.1 and 0.2 halfling render times, I've been snowed under so not had time to chase this issue), 128gb ram.
I've narrowed the issue down to the FPP scatters of the animated proxies. If I use any other mode other than disabled or follow, Parsing and preparing geometry times go from 2 minutes - 10 minutes. Which is a lot of time to suck up per frame.
This could easily be my fault in something I've done but thought I'd put it out there and see if anyone has come across it. I'm rendering a test animation, not the final so will stick with "Follow" for these and see how it looks. May be fine, but worth finding out a weakness if its there and being able to fix it for the future as randomisation would be nice.
Some of the steps I've taken to reduce these times:
- Corona proxies set to Mesh so that they stay in RAM (parsing issue happened regardless of this, i know this almost negates the proxy benefit but they are the most full proof method ive found for reliably using GrowFX animated geometry)
- Windows Page File increased to 40GB (old tip on Corona Forum, didn't have any effect)
- Optimised visible distances on all FPP objects.
- Turned off FPP Camera clipping (this is an odd one as it decreased parsing times for the ground cover, not by much though and this scatter isn't animated anyway, again just trying to limit FPP calc times)
It took me quiet a bit of time to narrow it down to the animation settings in Forest Pack. It was one of those "one by one" tasks until i found the culprit. I wasted a good amount of hours faffing with PheonixFD as at first i was convinced it was that as it was the latest install.
If anyone needs more info, happy to provide. Thanks in advance for any help.