# Batch Processing¶

• The Batch menu provides tools for scheduling multiple tasks of the same type to be performed by SEQUOIA either locally or on DEADLINE.

## CONVERT MULTIPLE Point Files¶

• Selecting this operation will first pop up a multi-file selection dialog.
• Select one or more point files to convert, then press the [Open] button, or [Cancel] to abort.
• A Convert Multiple Point Files dialog will appear, listing the selected input files in a spreadsheet view with multiple columns.

## Drag & Drop Support¶

• Dragging one or more non-SPRT point files and dropping them into the SEQUOIA Viewport will open the same Convert Multiple Point Files dialog and will populate it automatically.
• SPRT files and any unsupported files will be filtered out automatically - see below for dragging & dropping SPRT files.

### Selecting Items¶

• You can select (highlight) with the mouse any number of these entries at once to change their settings using the available controls.
• Hold down CTRL to add/remove entries from the selection.
• Hold down SHIFT to select a whole region between two clicked lines.
• Press the [Select All] button at the bottom of the dialog to select all entries.
• Press the [Invert Selection] button at the bottom of the dialog to dselected the selected and vice-versa.

### Adding And Removing Input Files¶

• Pressing this [Add Input Files...] button will allow you to add more input files for conversion.
• Pressing this [Remove Selected Files...] button will remove the highlighted entries from the list (if any).
• Note that you can select input files from various folders and local and network locations, as long as they are all valid Point source files.

### Specifying The Input Units¶

• When converting binary files that contain Unit information metadata in the file (e.g. E57, PTX etc.), the “Input Units” column of the spreadsheet will contain the letter [F] (for “From File”), plus the actual file units setting (e.g. “Meters”, “Inches” etc.)
• When the units are defined in the input file, these settings cannot be overridden by the Import Dialog - the “Input Units” drop-down list will remain grayed out.
• When converting text files that do not contain explicit Units information, the “Input Units” column will list “Unknown” - you can set the Units to any valid entry from the “Input Units” drop-down list.
• If an entry is left with “Unknown” units, the conversion process will show an error message.

### Specifying Channel Mapping¶

• When converting binary files with clearly defined channel definitions, the channel mapping will be performed automatically - the “Preset” column will show “<automatic>”
• When converting text files without channel name definitions, a Channel Mapping Preset will be required to define how to remap the incoming data to channels supported by SEQUOIA.
• You can select an existing preset from the drop-down list, or create a new Preset using the “Create Preset...”

### Specifying The Output Path¶

• By default, the Output Path of the converted files will be the same as the input path.
• However, you can select one, more or all files and change the “Output Path” field to a sub-folder of the same path, or to a completely different Path anywhere on the local network.
• You can either type in the new path, or use the [...] button to pick an existing location using a Select Folder dialog.
• The path will be listed in its own dedicated “Output Path” column, and will be also used in the “Full Output” column.

### Specifying The Output File¶

• By default, the Output File column will be populated with the token $source which will be replaced with the input file’s name on conversion. • You can modify the output pattern using custom strings, for example if the input file is called “theHouse_v01”, and the output pattern is “$source_test”, the output file will be called “theHouse_v01_test”.
• You can also use the token $units in the Output File definition to be replaced with the Units settings, for example$source_\$units will export the above test as “theHouse_v01_Meters” if Units were set to Meters.

### Specifying the Output Format¶

• By default, all conversions will target the Thinkbox SPRT file format as it is optimized to work best with SEQUOIA.
• However, you can use the “Output Formats” drop-down list to set the output to one of the other supported formats including PRT, CSV and RealFlow BIN.

## IMPORT MULTIPLE Point Files¶

• Selecting this menu option will pop up a multi-fole selection dialog.
• Select one or more SPRT files to load, then press the [Open] button, or [Cancel] to abort.
• An Import Multiple Point Files dialog will appear.

## Drag & Drop Support¶

• Dragging one or more SPRT files and dropping them into the SEQUOIA Viewport will open the same Import Multiple Point Files dialog and will populate it automatically.
• If the selection contains non-SPRT point files, the Convert Multiple Point Files dialog will open instead - see above for details.
• If the selection contains SPRT and some unsupported files, the latter will be filtered out automatically.