“Batch rendering” is a term used to describe the process of rendering a series of tasks or jobs that have been assigned to a queue. Batch rendering is useful when you need to render images without supervision or when you want to render a number of test studies showing different day or night lighting, or for producing shadow studies of various sun angles. Batch rendering can also be used when you want to see how your project looks from different camera viewpoints.
If you have a MAX file that contains one or more cameras and saved , you can set up a camera queue to render different camera viewpoints. Each camera can be set to automatically load a scene state to give you several visualizations of your model.
If you have a number of separate scenes that are part of a single project or part of several projects, use network rendering even if you're rendering to a single computer. Use this method also if you have scenes that don't have a camera set up and you want to render a Perspective, Front, Left or Right viewport view.
Using Backburner for batch rendering is a simple matter of starting 3ds Max, running the Backburner Manager and Server programs, specifying the scenes you want rendered, and then proceeding with the rendering. In this case, Backburner coordinates a series of rendering tasks that are network rendered on a single computer.
The Batch Render tool offers you an efficient, visual approach to setting up a sequence of different tasks or scene states to render automatically. From the Batch Render dialog, you control the following: