I also expect a "Batch Render" will allow you to fire off a multi-frame render, so if you want to render a 300-frame animation, you don't need to sit there and submit individual frames three-hundred times.
As for running without iClone being involved:
a) In theory you could continue editing in iClone while rendering, though in practice your system would probably be so busy that you'd have poor performance and you'd get too frustrated to continue editing
b) If you can close iClone while Iray is doing its rendering, that will free up some system resources to Iray gets all the power it can find
c) As mentioned, you can probably do Iray rendering on one computer while doing iClone editing on another
We should know a lot more "soon" (?) when CC3 is released, and then we'll know a lot more when iClone 7.3 is released in "4Q18" (hopefully before Dec 31st
iClone 7... Character Creator... Substance Designer/Painter... Blender... Audacity...
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