The render system allows for players to have their builds beautifully captured by the server - no client mods required.
You could (when it worked) also view renders with the Control Panel at http://minecraftonline.com/cgi-bin/controlpanel?renders , and also view it via ingame relays in Discord (also on #media-sharing), IRC and Telegram.
How to make a render
Making a render is dead simple:
- Find something to take a picture of (this could be a building, a statue, or maybe the scenery)
- Look at the structure exactly how you want it to be captured.
/renderand wait for the confirmation message.
- Wait for your creation to be rendered.
- Profit! You will be notified that your render has been completed. Enjoy!
Each Imgur & Discord post (from Picture Relay bot) notes:
- The name of player who rendered
- The coordinates of where it was rendered
- The nearest location documented on the wiki
- Time taken to render
Performing a /render will post the exact coordinates of the render along with the image.
This will allow less scrupulous players to find your base, take any items from unlocked chests, and likely kill you. This can include taking items even if they have no real value - some players are known to burn items in lava for no apparent reason.
- Do not render private locations or let the secrets known.
- Renders will not show entities such as paintings and item frames (except armour stands), or any mobs such as cows and sheep. Sign formats do not load.
- To avoid render queues from excessively filling up, any renders that exceed 6 hours will automatically be aborted.
/render- Start a render and add it to the render queue
/render queue- See who is in the render queue
/render cancel- Cancel a render that is in the queue
- The list of links to this page shows other pages that feature renders.
The first public album of renders shows all renders that have been uploaded to imgur between 2014 and 2019. The second public album of renders shows all renders that have been uploaded to imgur between 2020 and 2021. The third public album of renders shows all renders that have been uploaded to imgur from 2022 onwards. The control panel shows the most recent render, your last ten renders and three randomly selected renders.
- The renders map viewer (Tableau) shows renders based on their location and dimension using a screenshot of the live map. Allows you to search based on location, player, height, and year of the render. If a few renders are selected in 1 area they can be viewed in chronological order. (Will be updated weekly if not monthly at least)
- Overworld Map - Use a screenshot of the overworld at daytime taken from the live map to find and select renders to view them in chronological order. Filter based on player name, year, or place which can either be a warp, city, or nexus location to provide a more detailed view. By clicking the X on the top left by the MCO logo hide the main filters and instead see the renders based on their Y coordinate which can be filter the data by selecting 1 or several of them.
- Nether Map - Use a screenshot of the nether as taken from the live map to view and filter renders. The same filters can be used for the nether but there are not many locations for the nether so there is only 2 options. The 3 bars next to the logo can be clicked to pull up a menu show the filter and removed when clicking the X at that same spot.
- End Map - Use a screenshot of the end as taken from the live map to view and filter renders. This one doesn't allow you to filter based on location because there are none in the end currently. There is still a player name filter that can be used and you can adjust the dot size as seen from the map so that once you zoom in dots are still viewable.
- Rankings - See the players rankings based on the amount that they have taken. There is a chart that shows the cumulative number of renders by date which can be filtered by selecting a 1 or many players from the rankings table. It can be filtered based on dimension and date to provide more specialized statistics for those interested. The highlight player option allows for the player to be shown in the render rankings table which could be unhelpful for players that don't have many renders.
- The render system was first proposed by SnappyMuppetman on MinecraftOnline's old Bitbucket issue tracker. The issue can be found here.
- The system is powered by Chunky, an open source raytracing renderer. The software that controls the render queue was written by SlowRiot and is maintained by the server's development team.