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  1. I am working up some hobby Revit designs in 3ds Max using the vray library of materials and furniture to produce the renders. Revit has been great to model, but you cant get the same detail as 3ds max polygon modeling with chamfers. I have two starter projects here, which have some basic photoshop post production. trying to use HDRi for the site and avoid building landscape. Open to any thoughts, comments on how these could 'pop' - feel free to crit the architecture design as well My initial thoughts are that the texture maps need dirt/scratches etc
  2. I'm currently looking for online Revit training, and would like any recommendations for good training providers. Primarily for certification in the US. I have considered IMAGINiT and Netcom Learning, but would like to hear from anyone on the Forum who has had good (or bad) experience with training providers. Thanks, in advance!
  3. Hi. I am currently completing arch viz projects on the side for a couple clients and am looking at expanding into higher end production as a second option for specific clients. My current workflow is to model the building in Revit using the .dwg files I am sent from the client and once complete I move into Lumion for the rendering, before I finalize with post production in Photoshop. Both Revit and 3DS Max have VRay, however 3DS max has the additional plug-ins that could advance the imagery beyond what is capable in Revit. As I have been looking at expanding into VRay, I was wondering what experiences others had who have a drafting background and what their workflow is like? Is it worth continuing with Revit (a program I am very familiar with) and testing the VRay plug in? Should I consider taking the time to learn 3DS Max? Alternatively is the Revit to 3DS Max to VRay workflow worth considering? Thanks
  4. Full Spectrum of Visualization, from Real-Time to Photoreal Rendering, Now Available in Revit LOS ANGELES, Calif. – February 23, 2021 – Today, Chaos (formerly Chaos Group) released V-Ray 5 for Revit, bringing an intuitive mix of real-time and photorealistic rendering to the BIM workflow. With a real-time view into their daily Revit work, users can design with immediate feedback, before moving on to full photorealism with V-Ray’s final renderer. To help in all cases, V-Ray 5 for Revit also launches with Chaos Cosmos, a powerful new 3D content library tailored to the needs of architecture. “No one wants to start and stop when it comes to visualization; architects need constant access to push ideas to their full potential,” said Phillip Miller, VP of product management at Chaos. “With V-Ray 5 for Revit, that creative process can finally be unbroken. When changes are made, they’ll be reflected right away, giving architects an always-on view into how each idea is shaping up. This is a complete visualization solution from start to finish. And for many, it’s going to feel like a whole new world.” Real-Time Visualization with V-Ray Vision V-Ray Vision is an always-on viewer that updates in real-time, offering a high-quality representation of a Revit model as architects work. Encouraging fast, fluid design visualization throughout a project, V-Ray Vision helps users work through new ideas and client feedback from start to finish. Easy Entourage With over 650 free models and HDRIs to choose from, Chaos Cosmos reduces the process of populating environments to a few simple clicks. The highly curated library addresses the most common use cases found in architecture, including furniture, trees, cars, and people, for easy visualizations. Cosmos assets are automatically organized/categorized into native Revit families and categories. While a lightweight representation is shown in the viewport for faster feedback, the fully detailed object is always available at render time. Now, architects can add context and realism to a project, whether they are exploring designs in real-time or preparing them for the big reveal. Beyond Rendering The redesigned V-Ray Frame Buffer (VFB) now includes some of V-Ray 5’s most user-friendly features, making it easy to bring a personal touch to any rendering. With Light Mix, users can interactively change the color and brightness of any light without rendering again, creating multiple lighting scenarios from a single render. Image adjustments like exposure control, color balance and color corrections can also be added, replacing the need for external image editing tools. For extra control, render layers can be combined using the Layer Compositor to create more nuanced designs, or even saved as presets for later use. Other New Features in V-Ray 5 for Revit Include: ● New Sun and Sky – Improves accuracy across the board, including when the sun is near the horizon, right before sunrise and after sunset. ● Line Renderings – Give renders an illustrative look by adding linework with global contour controls and material overrides. ● Texture Randomization – Now easier to create subtle variations in textures and materials for added realism. ● Stochastic Texture Tiling – An automatic fix for repeating textures. ● Coat Layer – Gain extra reflections on polished or lacquered surfaces without using blend materials. ● Sheen Layer – Easily simulate fabrics like velvet, satin and silk. ● New Displacement Workflow – Displacement can now be applied to both native Revit and V-Ray materials. ● Dirt and Weathering – New controls for aging materials with procedural streaks have been added to the VRayDirtMtl. For a full feature tour, please visit the product page. Pricing and Availability V-Ray 5 for Revit is available now. A perpetual license is priced at $790, with upgrades available for $395. Term licensing is available at $350 (annually) and $60 (monthly). V-Ray 5 for Revit is also included in V-Ray Collection, an annual plan that gives users full access to 15 Chaos products and services for $699/year. About Chaos Chaos is a world leader in computer graphics technology, empowering artists and designers to create photorealistic imagery and animation across all creative industries. Chaos develops 3D rendering and simulation software that is used daily by top design studios, architectural firms, advertising agencies, and visual effects companies around the globe. In 2017, the firm’s physically based renderer, V-Ray, was honored with an Academy Award for its role in the widespread adoption of ray-traced rendering for motion pictures. Today, the company’s advancements in ray tracing, cloud rendering, and real-time visualization are shaping the future of design communication and storytelling. Founded in 1997, Chaos is privately owned with offices in Sofia, Prague, Seoul, Tokyo, and Los Angeles. For more information visit chaosgroup.com.
  5. Hi Everyone! My office (Landscape design firm) is planning to purchase Autodesk Design Suite: Revit and 3dsMax, and also the PC workstation for such purpose. Our IT guy suggested the specifications I mentioned in the title above- anybody have experience with this setup? I have a feeling that 48GB RAM is an overkill, so I suggested to change into 32GB Ram instead, and whatever $ savings- just upgrade the GPU to Quadro P5000 instead of P4000. Do you think my suggestion makes more sense? 48GB ram-> 32GB Ram, Quadro P4000 -> Quadro P5000? Thanks so much! Our office is a newbie to these programs and setup, so I really appreciate your advise.
  6. Hi there, I'm trying to create a 3D siteplan in Revit. I have imported a topographical survey into Revit and then copied into "3D View". When panning in "3D View" it looks like it has found the levels and has crate a 3d topo of it. (shown in JPEG attached in dark blue). Is there anyway to grab what it's created in dark blue rather than going around and placing the points myself? Many thanks Michael
  7. Good Morning Everyone! so here i am a bachelor degree graduate in Architectural Building Engineering. I have above average knowledge of Revit, and below average knowledge of other 3D modeling software's such as 3D Studio Max. Actually 3DS Max is the only 3D modeling software i am some what familiar with. i am very interested in expanding my knowledge in the 3D modeling world and want to be proficient using the different software's to make amazing Renders like the ones i have seen on this site. My question is where do i go from here, as in practicing with various software. what software's do people recommend and any website that offer good online training. I liked 3DS Max a lot but is it really the best way to go with what i want to eventually accomplish? Thank you.
  8. Hey guys, if i understand correctly the better choices you have if you made a project in Revit are: a) render in A360 b) install Vray in Revit and render c) export to 3dsmax and render to Vray d) render in standalone Vray e) other? From your experience what is the preferable way to save time and have the best visual result (i am only familiar with vray as a renderer) and keep as a general workflow? In case such a post exists please share the link Thank you
  9. Hi there, I'm having an issue with importing a revit model site plan into 3dsmax. When i import it via an FBX when it is put into Max some of the meshes are extremely tessellated. Is there any work around or fix that people know of? Many thanks Michael
  10. Hello I am trying to figure out the best way to get my Revit house models into my drone footage. I have after effects cs6 and premiere pro. Can anyone point me towards a tutorial or explain? Thx!
  11. Hi all, I'm trying to locate all of the Alucobond in a Revit project, rather than manually looking through in 3D and sections, etc, is there any way I can search to find/highlight it all? Thanks, Jayden
  12. Hi there, I am soon to start the 3rd year of my undergraduate Architecture degree and I would like some advice on what visualisation software would best suit my needs for this year. I am hoping to get into the visualisation profession when I am finished, so I would really like to boost my portfolio with some quality renders from my final year. I am currently considering purchasing a v-ray license for Revit, as the Revit software is most familiar with me. However, after watching lots of videos I have come to realise that maybe v-ray in Revit is quite basic compared to sketchup+v-ray or 3dsmax+v-ray. To achieve the quality results I am after, Which of these software combinations would you recommend and why? Things to consider: Can models from Revit be imported straight into 3dsmax or sketchup for rendering/visualisation purposes?? What is the general work flow for creating amazing visuals? (i.e. Revit --> Sketchup --> Vray = final visual??) Will any of these softwares freak out if I imported a parametric geometry and tried applying material etc? Which is easier to learn? Which combination is more impressive to have on a Cv or portfolio? I know this is a lot for a newbie ask, but I would really appreciate the advice from some of the forums experienced members. Thanks in advance
  13. Abvent has begun posting teasers for Twinmotion 2018. 3 videos have been put online featuring the integration of Unreal Engine and live links to Revit and ARCHICAD. Two more videos will follow on 20 and 27 June. Watch all the trailer at http://www.twinmotion.com
  14. Hi, I'm currently working on building a folio & developing my work flow. I currently go from Revit to 3DS Max, but I'll soon be switching to either Rhino and/or Sketchup. How do other people work? Do most people model in Sketchup/Rhino then export to 3DS? Or is just modelling based on plans in 3DS the way to go? I'd love to hear all the different workflows people use! Thanks for your feedback
  15. Greetings CG people! I'm at a point in my personal and professional career where I want to make some software changes but am struggling with the best route. My background is in architecture and I am working toward getting licensed in the near future. However I recently started doing some more serious 3D freelance work and want to continue developing this path. Right now I am proficient in AutoCAD and Sketchup. Per the industry standards in Architecture, learning either Revit or ArchiCAD is best for working in a firm. However, if I were to focus on modeling/rendering, I was looking at switching to Rhino or 3DS. I can work pretty fast and detailed in Sketchup, but have come across a number of recent projects where it just can't handle the detail I put into my models. Bottom line is I'm struggling with what direction to take and where to focus my efforts to learning a new software. Yes, if I want to progress with BIM, I'm looking at Revit or ArchiCAD. But if I want to just work on building detailed architectural models for rendering purposes, does anyone use Rhino? Or is it mostly 3DS or Sketchup? Thanks!
  16. Hi, I'm currently working on my portfolio and developing a workflow. At the moment I work in Revit>3DS Max, however I'll soon be moving over to Sketchup/Rhino. Is the best way to go for modelling off plans to do it in Sketchup/Rhino, or just model the whole thing in 3DS? I'd love to hear feedback & the various other workflows people use!
  17. Hi! SO, I recently moved to Revit (from cad+sketchup+thea render). sadly I'm going back to 3ds max and vray. I used it before but not for a few years. I'm trying to figure out whats causing my glass to bend the view so much. don't recall this ever happening before. the window frame is 90 deg and not bent as it looks in the render. maybe its something from the revit model? its just a store front family with default parameters. and its just a basic vraymat with refraction. I tried changing most parameters in reflection, refraction, IOR, diffuse etc. its always there. attached render + with mat on the side + cropped closeup. any insights? Thanks!
  18. Hi All, I work for an Arch Viz practice that has a project coming in soon where the client's sending over Revit models for which we intend on rendering with Vray in Max. This is a question for those who have working knowledge in Revit as I'd love to pre-empt potential issues when translating from Revit to Max. So that in mind, what issues have other found when working with Revit to Max? When considering workflow - how have people found it compared to their usual methods? (i.e. for us - Historically we model in AutoCAD). I'm expecting to adopt a stronger relationship with our client's CAD technicians to assure they send us correct information - however at this point I need to invest a lot of time in figuring out exactly what is it we'd need from Revit i.e. .RVT and FBX files. Any input would be greatly appreciated and apologies if the topic has been discussed before - I had a look! Greg
  19. Hi all, I'm new to 3D modelling & animation (and to this site.. hi!). Over the past three weeks I took a Lynda.com course on 3ds max and managed to get as far as importing a Revit model, assigning it materials and sitting it on a plane. I now want to place it in a cityscape and downloaded Lumion to achieve that but there doesn’t seem to be any cityscape templates. Would you perhaps have any guidance as to what steps to take next? I’m a bit lost to be honest. Do I go back and create a cityscape from scratch in 3ds Max? As I said, I’ve only taken all this on in the past three weeks and I’ve kind of hit a wall. I’d appreciate any guidance at all. Thanks in advance, Anna
  20. Does anyone know if there is a way to get a model from 3ds max to Revit so it can be editable in Revit and not just a block? Also, if there is a way to bring Sketchup into Revit without it being a block would be great to know if possible as well. Have been pulling my hair out over this lol!
  21. Hi, I searched all over the place and couldn't find an answer. Would somebody know how to erase revit walls imported to 3ds max. I imported the Revit file with the "do not combine object" option. It allows me to do whatever I want except erasing the wall. Hope somebody knows whats wrong.
  22. Why am I getting such jacked up geometry on my Revit import models? I'm in max 2016 using Revit link import. Trying every import option. Doesn't seem to make a difference on the quality of the geometry
  23. I've got an imported site from Revit that I need to make grassy with Vray Fur. I've isolated the sections I need and collapsed them to edit poly (also tried edit mesh) but when I apply fur, although the fur applies and appears in the viewport, the parameters are not editable and the fur renders standing straight up. I tried with a new spline-edit poly and this worked fine! I don't want to mess around re-drawing out the grassy sections if at all possible. Why can I not edit the vray fur on the imported geometry??? Is there a way round this?
  24. Hi! I'm having some trouble with my materials when rendering. I'm trying to do a ambient occlusion pass on a dxf-import from revit. The problem is that I can only get the model to switch materials if I apply material to a whole layer. If I switch an object's layer to get the right objects on the right layers for the materials, it doesn't work. Anyone know a solution? Should I just try a different import?
  25. Hey, I'm looking to buy a new desktop as my current computer cant do what I need it to. The programs I will be using are: - Revit - ArchiCAD - Lumion - 3DS Max/Vray - Photoshop and gaming. I already have a monitor so that wont need to be purchased. Like it says in the title my budget it $2000AUS. I was hoping to purchase from a site like http://www.newegg.com or similar that does shipping to Australia. Thanks for any help!
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