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Generating a cloud rendering


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Up and Running with Revit

with Paul F. Aubin

Video: Generating a cloud rendering

This movie I want to talk about the rendering capabilities in Revit. So, even though we can print the set or we can export to DWG, sometimes you just want to create a nice rendering to present the design and give it to your client or to discuss things among your internal team. So, here I am in a file called Plotting. This is the same file we used in the last few movies, and I'm going to go to a 3D view in here to talk about the rendering. So if you just open this file, you're looking at this sheet here, A1. What you want to do is scroll down and under the 3D views, you can really open any one of these 3D views, but I'm going to choose this one here, Dining from Above. It's kind of a dramatic view looking into the space. The orientation of north in this project if we go back to level one floor plan, north is up.

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Up and Running with Revit
3h 58m Beginner Jun 20, 2013

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Autodesk Revit is one of the most popular building information modeling (BIM), solutions today. This course covers the differences between the various editions of Revit and shows architects and engineers who are new to the software how to use them. Learn how to choose a template; set up the basic levels, grids, and dimensions; and start adding walls, doors, and windows to your model. Author Paul F. Aubin also shows how to create views and documentation that clearly communicate your plans, import files from other CAD programs, and produce construction documents.

Note: The techniques shown in this course will work with any version of Revit, but due to backwards compatibility issues, the exercise files for this course will only work with Revit 2014. Unfortunately, we cannot downsave the files. Please see a Revit 2013 course for usable files.

Topics include:
  • Understanding the different editions of Revit
  • Setting up levels and grids
  • Adding doors and windows
  • Loading families
  • Working with 3D views
  • Dimensioning a plan
  • Adding a schedule view
  • Importing CAD files
  • Linking to another Revit file
  • Creating sheets
  • Plotting a set of documents
  • Generating a cloud rendering
Subjects:
Architecture BIM CAD
Software:
Revit Architecture Revit Structure Revit LT Revit MEP
Author:
Paul F. Aubin

Generating a cloud rendering

This movie I want to talk about the rendering capabilities in Revit. So, even though we can print the set or we can export to DWG, sometimes you just want to create a nice rendering to present the design and give it to your client or to discuss things among your internal team. So, here I am in a file called Plotting. This is the same file we used in the last few movies, and I'm going to go to a 3D view in here to talk about the rendering. So if you just open this file, you're looking at this sheet here, A1. What you want to do is scroll down and under the 3D views, you can really open any one of these 3D views, but I'm going to choose this one here, Dining from Above. It's kind of a dramatic view looking into the space. The orientation of north in this project if we go back to level one floor plan, north is up.

So, this is the south portion of the project and so, if we render with the sunlight we should be getting a lot of nice light right in these windows right here. So lemme close that view. And I'm back in here. And so hopefully we're going to get a lot of nice sunlight right into this space. Now, there's really three things you need to do a rendering. You need a 3D view, which we have here. You need lighting. And we're going to have both the sunlight coming in these windows, and we've got these artificial lights if we want to turn them on. And you need materials. Materials is just how all the objects will be finished in the model.

Now, we have not really done anything with materials so far in this course. Some of the objects that we have on screen have materials like you can see these window frames are using this wood material and the chairs have this yellow color material and there is a stipple pattern on the floor. So some of the objects do have material. some of them have more generic materials so. This will be, sort of a rough rendering, but it will give you an idea, of, the capabilities of what's available in the software. Now, I should mention that, if you're using, the full version of Revit, you're going to have different capabilities than, those of you that are using Revit LT. Both products can do rendering but, they do it a little differently. The, full version of Revit has, in product rendering. So, the way you would access that, is to go to the View tab. And then here on the Graphics panel, you've got the render, a series of rendering buttons, and this Render button, right here, would open up the Render dialog.

So this is in product rendering. And you can do a rendering directly here and generate it right in Revit. Both products Revit and Revit LT have Render in Cloud. So, that's another option that you have where instead of the rendering being generated here on your local machine, the information from your local machine will be uploaded to Autodesk 360. And then Autodesk will generate the rendering for you using its Cloud servers. Now, what's the difference and why would you choose one over the other? Well, if you have Revit LT, the only option you have is render in cloud.

But if you have the full version of Revit ,you could choose one or the other. In product rendering has a little bit more options here in the dialog and settings that you can configure. So you're going to have a little bit easier time to customize the result that you're getting. But you're going to tie up your local machine to do the rendering. Cloud rendering has a few less settings that we can customize, but once the rendering has been uploaded, it happens off-line. We can keep working on our computer and not tie up our machine and then we'll get an email from Autodesk when the rendering is ready.

So, you might want to try both. There's pros and cons to each one. And again, if you're in LT, you only have the cloud render. So, what I'm going to do is I'm going to close out of here, and we're going to talk about the cloud render in this example. And, before I actually generate the rendering, we want to get ourselves set up here. So we've got a 3D view that's taken care off, like I say we are going to accept all the defaults for the materials. So we're not really going to change any of that but I do want to just verify the lighting settings. So let's take a quick look at how we get to that. Now, if you come down here on the View Control bar, there is this little blue cube right here. This is the visual style popup, and if you click that, you can get to the Graphic Display options.

So the first area of this graphic display options dialog. Has the Model Display options, which is just a reiteration of the same choices that were available in this popup. We also have several other categories of options we can configure as well, like for instance shadows. So I'm going to turn on the shadows for this rendering. And then lighting is what I'm most concerned with. The Lighting options allow me to configure whether or not I'm using sunlight or artificial light or both. So I'm going to click this button right here next to Sun settings. And that takes me to the Sun settings dialog. Now, the lighting option is fairly generic. You can see that it just chooses a generic angle for the sun and it's not very realistic so, I'm not going to choose that one. What I'm going to do instead is click on the Still option. Now, you could choose the date of the year and the time of day and so on. What I'm going to do is just choose one of these presets right here, the Summer Solstice, and then I'm going to click OK.

So now you'll see that changes to the summer solstice. We're using the exterior sun only. Now, it would be possible to also go to a configuration that uses the artificial lights. But in this case, I'm not going to do that because it takes more rendering time. I will just render with the sunlight only. If I open up this last option down here, the Background. Because I don't have anything out the windows. What I want to do is open up this list here, and choose something in the background. So I'm going to put a gradient fill in there.

And I'll just except all these default colors here. So when I click OK. You're going to see way off in the horizon, you know, we get a gradient that goes to that color, and then the sky kind of radiates up from there, so it at least have something happening out the window. Now, you can notice here a little bit of sunlight on the floor. because we did Summer Solstice and it's noontime, the sun is pretty high in the sky. So if you wanted to, you could actually reopen that Dialog, go back to Lighting, click the Summer Solstice.

I could duplicate that, Summer Solstice 2, I'll just call that, Early Morning and then I could take this here. And change it to about 10 am. So I've just selected the hour and I'm clicking down a few times. I'll click OK. And notice that brings the sun a little bit further in the space. So the nice thing about being able to preview ahead of time is you can make a decision about where you want that to be. And that might be a little bit more interesting rendering, if we have a little more sun coming into the space. So once I have that configured, then I'm ready to go ahead and generate the cloud rendering.

Now, if you're in Revit LT, when you pick the Visual Styles popup, you'll still have Graphic Display options, which will give you essentially the same basic options. You can configure your lighting, and you can configure your background, but you're also going to have this option right here for the Online Rendering options. And that kind of gives you some similar settings so you might need to configure both of those before you send your online rendering. So the last step is to click the Render In Cloud button.

Now, I should mention that you have to have an Autodesk 360 account in order to use the Render In Cloud, and you have to be logged into that account. If your not logged in when you click the Render In Cloud button, it will ask you to log in. I'm already logged in so it's going to take me right to the cloud rendering. It's going to tell me what the steps are, I'll click Continue. And then it's going to verify those settings for me. So I'm doing my dining from above, I'm going to generate a still image. I'm going to do the standard render quality. It's usually a good idea to start with standard. If you go to final.

It costs. It'll charge your account. But if you do a standard rendering, you could do as many standard renderings as you want for free. so, make sure that the settings are what you want first with the standard rendering. An then if you're happy with it, you can do the final quality rendering, and it will charge you these uu, Cloud credits. And you can talk to your Autodesk representative to figure out how to get more Cloud credits, and so on. I'm going to accept all the defaults here: the Medium Image Size, I'll do the Advanced Exposure, and I'm going to create a PNG file. So I'm going to go ahead and click Start the Rendering.

And down here, it's going to email me at my email address when the rendering is complete. So I'll choose Start Rendering. After you receive the email from Autodesk and your rendering is complete, you can get to it by going up here and clicking on the render gallery. And so this takes me to my Autodesk 360 account and you can see a little preview image of the render here. If I hover it I get a little menu that gives me some stats so I can see the information about the rendering.

And I get a small, little Menu icon right here, that if you click on it, I can change the kind of rendering that I'm doing, turn it into a panorama, do a solar study. I can show the preview image, I can download it as an image, I can delete it, and I can adjust the exposure. So let's go ahead and do the show preview image here And you can see that's what my rendering is starting to look like. not too bad. So if you're satisfied with it, you can go back out to Revit and generate a higher resolution, more complete version. If you're unsatisfied with anything in the rendering, then you can go in and make adjustments to the materials or the angle or the lighting settings. And generate as many standard renderings as you need to perfect it just the way you want.

And when you're happy, you can generate your final quality rendering. Now, if you do hav access to the full version of Revit, and you want to learn more about rendering, we have an entire class here at lynda.com devoted to rendering in Revit. So feel free to check that out.

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Q: Will Revit 2014 files work in a previous version of Revit? Will the exercise files for this course work in Revit 2013?
A: Revit file formats are not backwards compatible. A new file format is introduced with each new release. Newer versions of Revit can open older version files without issue. However, files will be upgraded to the latest file format during the initial open. Once saved in the current version, there is no way to save them back to a previous version. Therefore, it is important to consider this issue carefully and discuss it with all project team members before beginning a project. For example, it is not possible for the architect to use a newer version of the software than the consulting engineers and vice-versa. All members of the team must collaborate using the same version/file format. This course was authored using Revit 2014. Therefore, its exercise files can be used with any flavor of Revit (Architecture, MEP, Structure, or LT) 2014 and later. Files cannot be opened with versions 2013 and prior.
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