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SketchUp Rendering Using V-Ray
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Installing V-Ray


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SketchUp Rendering Using V-Ray

with Brian Bradley

Video: Installing V-Ray

As V-Ray is a plug-in render engine for SketchUp and not a part of the SketchUp installation process itself, we thought it would be a good idea to start this course by quickly walking you through the installation of the V-Ray plug-in. Of course, the first thing we need to do is download the appropriate version of the V-Ray plug-in from the Chaos Group website. This can be found www.chaosgroup.com. To save time, I've already downloaded the V-Ray for SketchUp plug-in to my desktop.
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  1. 4m 30s
    1. Welcome
      1m 14s
    2. What you should know before watching this course
      2m 33s
    3. Using the exercise files
      43s
  2. 7m 52s
    1. Installing V-Ray
      2m 27s
    2. Locating V-Ray tools and features
      5m 25s
  3. 39m 2s
    1. Creating natural daylight with the V-Ray Sun and Sky
      7m 41s
    2. Using the Omni Light
      7m 9s
    3. Exploring the Rectangle Light
      6m 2s
    4. Exploring the Spotlight
      4m 37s
    5. Exploring the IES light type
      5m 0s
    6. Setting up image-based lighting
      8m 33s
  4. 29m 40s
    1. Working with irradiance mapping
      12m 8s
    2. Creating a light cache solution
      6m 14s
    3. Using the DMC engine
      11m 18s
  5. 23m 11s
    1. Overview of the physical cameras
      5m 16s
    2. Understanding the Exposure controls
      6m 23s
    3. Handling perspective correction
      3m 4s
    4. Setting up for a depth-of-field effect
      8m 28s
  6. 44m 59s
    1. Introduction to V-Ray-specific materials
      9m 41s
    2. Creating diffuse surfaces
      9m 44s
    3. Creating reflective surfaces
      8m 2s
    4. Creating refractive surfaces
      9m 53s
    5. Creating translucent surfaces
      7m 39s
  7. 44m 8s
    1. Using fixed-rate sampling
      10m 21s
    2. Working with the Adaptive DMC engine
      11m 48s
    3. Controlling the Adaptive Subdivision sampler
      10m 15s
    4. Exploring subdivs and the DMC Sampler controls
      5m 52s
    5. Manipulating color mapping
      5m 52s
  8. 33m 39s
    1. Adding displacement to materials
      10m 48s
    2. Using caustic lighting effects
      7m 37s
    3. Creating occlusion effects
      8m 13s
    4. Creating a non-photorealistic render (NPR) with the Toon material
      7m 1s
  9. 1m 21s
    1. What's next?
      1m 21s

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SketchUp Rendering Using V-Ray
3h 48m Intermediate Sep 21, 2012

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Create highly realistic 3D architectural drawings with V-Ray, a popular third-party renderer for SketchUp. This course shows how to take a single scene with interior/exterior elements and add lights, move cameras, and enhance objects with translucent and reflective surfaces. Author Brian Bradley explains concepts like irradiance mapping, perspective correction, and fixed rate sampling, while showing how to leverage each of the V-Ray tools and its material and lighting types to achieve specific effects.

Topics include:
  • Installing V-Ray
  • Creating natural daylight with V-Ray Sun and Sky
  • Bouncing light around with irradiance mapping and light caches
  • Setting up a depth-of-field effect
  • Creating diffuse and reflective surfaces
  • Working with the Adaptive DMC engine
  • Manipulating color mapping
  • Adding caustic lighting and occlusion effects
Subjects:
Architecture Rendering CAD
Software:
SketchUp V-Ray
Author:
Brian Bradley

Installing V-Ray

As V-Ray is a plug-in render engine for SketchUp and not a part of the SketchUp installation process itself, we thought it would be a good idea to start this course by quickly walking you through the installation of the V-Ray plug-in. Of course, the first thing we need to do is download the appropriate version of the V-Ray plug-in from the Chaos Group website. This can be found www.chaosgroup.com. To save time, I've already downloaded the V-Ray for SketchUp plug-in to my desktop.

So let's click or double-click to begin the installation process. The first thing we need to do is confirm that we want to Install the application by clicking Next in the initial Setup window. Then of course we need to read the end user license agreement and check the appropriate box to say that we have accepted those terms. Next we see a list of components that will be installed. Chance are if this is the first time we've installed V-Ray, we will want all of these checked, which they general add up by default.

Now we need to locate the root folder of our SketchUp installation. If, however, we are installing to the MacIntosh operating system, we will need to locate our Google SketchUp application support folder. If we know the address for this by heart, we can simply type it in, or if we need to browse for it, we can use to Browse button, locate the appropriate drive, and then th appropriate folder. Once that is done and and everything has been confirmed, we can click Next and we're off and running with the installation process.

Now, depending upon your computer speed and operating system, this may take a while, so do be patient. The final part of the installation process walks us through setting up our licensing of the V-Ray for SketchUp plug-in. Which of the four options available we choose will depend upon a number of factors, but essentially, if we are licensing a purchased version of the V-Ray plug-in, we have three options opened to us. Or it may just be that we want to demo the application, and so that is the option that we would choose.

The final step is to run through the activation process itself. V-Ray for SketchUp uses a software licensing approach that is completely flexible and can be handled both on or offline. And that is it. We've installed the V-Ray SketchUp plug-in, and it is now ready to be used inside the SketchUp application.

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