Hat tip: Andy Jones on the Softimage mailing list
You can use xsibatch -processing to render scenes with third-party renderers like Arnold. With -processing, xsibatch uses a Processing token instead of a Batch license, so you’re not limited by the number of Batch licenses you happen to have. Back in the days before third-party renderers, -processing for was for non-rendering tasks. Now it’s for non-mental ray tasks!
I was sure I tested this long ago, but obviously I must have made a mistake on my command line.
xsibatch -processing -render //server/project/Scenes/example.scn ======================================================= Autodesk Softimage 126.96.36.199 ======================================================= License information: using [Processing] # INFO : [sitoa] SItoA 2.7.1 win loaded. # INFO : [sitoa] Arnold 188.8.131.52 detected.
Here’s actual proof in the form of a screenshot