Network rendering

Network rendering is only available in production mode and for the Thea Render Presto engine.

Enable network rendering by going to: Thea Tool > Render tab > Network rendering


  • Server mode: There are two options to choose from
    • Render and manage: Makes the server machine render along with the rest of the nodes
    • Manage nodes only: Should be used when the server is not powerful enough; this way, the server doesn't execute the rendering itself but just exchanges data with nodes
  • Server port: The default value is 7200 and is used for communication between the SketchUp (server) and nodes.
  • Animation cooperation:
    • On same frame: Cooperating on the same frame. All machines contribute to the current frame
    • On individual frames: Cooperating on different frames. Each machine processes fully a frame that is part of an animation sequence

When setting up network rendering, make sure all computers are properly connected to the network and able to share files, access network drives, etc. It is important that port 7200 is open in the Windows firewall or any other firewall installed on a machine in the network. By default, this port is used for communication between the SketchUp server and nodes.

You may find more information on how to set up render nodes in the Thea Node documentation.

Network rendering settings


When rendering starts, the network tab displays the nodes that have been found, and their commits (depending on the model's complexity). The network tab displays all the machines that are connected to the SketchUp server, along with their status, contribution, and technical details (operating system, Thea Node version, etc).

If the server isn't powerful enough, select "Manage nodes only" before clicking the start button. This way the server doesn't execute the rendering itself, but just exchanges data with nodes.

The network rendering button is only displayed when Network Rendering is enabled in render settings.

Network rendering in the rendering window