General scene file preparation
With few exceptions, it is important to use relative pathing for any resources needed for the render that exist outside of your scene file. These external resources should usually be located in the same directory as your scene file or within a subdirectory of that directory. The only exception to that is when our agent recognizes use of a project folder layout, like those used by Maya, Lightwave, and Softimage. We do not parse the scene file to collect those external resources for you, so if one does not exist at time of render on our farm, the render results will be adversely affected. Our agent does parse the scene file looking for absolute path definitions that point to files that exist on your machine. In the event those are found, a warning screen will appear listing those paths and giving you the option of submitting the job or not.