“Render sequence” is not new. The Maya 2017 edition already provided that command which basically shows rendering while it’s being done instead of, like with the classic batch render command, hiding the rendering process from you while you keep working on your scene. The only new thing about the Render sequence command is its icon in the render icon selection. You have to open the Render settings to specify a certain frame range, and off you go.
The standard process for rendering an animation is via the Batch Render command. Batch rendering is an independent task which lets you continue your work in Maya or even quit Maya, whereas the Render Sequence blocks Maya until it’s finished.
In the Student edition of Maya 2018 Batch Rendering in Arnold produces a watermark. Render Sequence does not.
What I did not explain in the video is this: When you use the ICON for Render Sequence, it renders all images into the images folder, according to the main render settings. However, if you go through the Render Sequence entry in the Render MENU, you can open the option box and for example choose the output directory. I usually render my images in a Dropbox folder, so that I can access them from everywhere.
For the Render and Render Sequence settings see the end of this tutorial: https://youtu.be/FgtRo6tkhTY
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