General

Full installation

Setting up the files

Running Maya

Standalone installation

Setting up the files

Running V-Ray Standalone

General

Sometimes is it necessary to run Phoenix FD for Maya without installing it on the local machine. This may be useful if it is necessary to switch between multiple versions, when the files for a particular version are stored in a shared network location. This page describes how to set up your local system so that it loads the files for the correct version.

 

Full installation

Running Phoenix FD for Maya from a network location has two parts to it; first you must run the installation to extract the necessary files and store them on the network. Next, you must configure your local machine to use these files to run Phoenix FD for Maya or V-Ray Standalone with Phoenix FD support.

 

NOTE: Phoenix FD needs existing V-Ray for Maya installation to load and work correctly inside Maya.

Setting up the files

Run the Phoenix FD for Maya installation with the "Workstation (Full)" installation type, and specify suitable folders for the files, for example

 

Maya root folder: /phoenix_builds/my_version/

V-Ray plugins destination folder: /phoenix_builds/my_version/vray

Phoenix FD additional files: /phoenix_builds/my_version/files

Phoenix FD sample scenes: /phoenix_builds/my_version/samples

 

Running Maya

Before you run Maya, you need to perform the following tasks:

 

  1. Set the PHX_FOR_MAYANNNN_MAIN_x64 environment variable to point to the /phoenix_builds/my_version/phoenixfd folder where NNNN is the Maya version (2010, 201, etc).

  2.  

  3. Add to the MAYA_PLUG_IN_PATH variable the folder

    /phoenix_builds/my_version/phoenixfd/plug-ins

  4.  

  5. Add to the MAYA_SCRIPT_PATH variable the folders

    /phoenix_builds/my_version/phoenixfd/scripts

    /phoenix_builds/my_version/samples/scripts

     

  6. Add to the XBMLANGPATH variable the folder

    /phoenix_builds/my_version/phoenixfd/icons/[%B]

    (the %B is only necessary on Linux - Maya will replace it with actual bitmap name).

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  8. Copy the plugin inside the /phoenix_builds/my_version/vray/vrayplugins folder to folder pointed by the VRAY_FOR_MAYANNNN_PLUGINS_x64 env variable (specified during the V-Ray for Maya installation).
    or
    append the /phoenix_builds/my_version/vray/vrayplugins path to the VRAY_FOR_MAYANNNN_PLUGINS_x64 env variable.

  9.  

  10. You can now run Maya.

Standalone installation

Running V-Ray Standalone from a network location has two parts to it; first you must run the installation to extract the necessary files and store them on the network. Next, you must configure your local machine to use these files to run V-Ray Standalone

Setting up the files

Run the V-Ray for Maya installation with the "Render slave (Phoenix FD plugin for V-Ray only)" installation type, and specify suitable folders for the files, for example

 

Maya root folder: /phoenix_builds/my_version

V-Ray plugins destination folder: /phoenix_builds/my_version/vray

Phoenix FD additional files: /phoenix_builds/my_version/phoenix

Phoenix FD sample scenes: /phoenix_builds/my_version/samples

Running V-Ray Standalone

Before you run V-Ray Standalone, you need to perform the following tasks:

 

  1. Copy the plugin inside the /phoenix_builds/my_version/vray/vrayplugins folder to folder pointed by the VRAY_FOR_MAYANNNN_PLUGINS_x64 env variable (specified during the V-Ray for Maya installation).
    or
    append the /phoenix_builds/my_version/vray/vrayplugins path to the VRAY_FOR_MAYANNNN_PLUGINS_x64 env variable.

  2. You can now run the vray.exe command.