Join Paul F. Aubin for an in-depth discussion in this video Preparing a cloud render, part of Revit: Rendering.
- So when you wanna generate a cloud rendering, all of the initial setup is the same as creating a rendering end product. You're still gonna wanna work on your model, and make adjustments to the objects within the file, and add materials, and compose your scene. So all of the initial legwork will be the same. The only difference is, instead of using the Render button, which would render directly end product, you're gonna use the Render in Cloud instead. Now this is available in the View tab of the ribbon. So when I click Render in Cloud, if I haven't yet signed in to my Autodesk account, it will ask me to do so.
Now Revit has an internal username that's actually used by the Worksharing feature. Worksharing isn't really terribly important for rendering, but what it's telling me here is that it's now using my Autodesk 360 username as my Revit username. So I'm just simply gonna close this dialogue box to confirm that. So next, it'll display a message that gives me the steps to rendering in cloud. And they've tried to keep this as simple as possible. So basically we're just gonna click Continue here, and choose our options.
Okay so let's just work our way down the options that are here. Now because I'm in the view called 3D Lobby, it will default to that view, but you can open this drop down list and actually check other views as well. So what's really a nice feature of the cloud rendering service is that you can actually batch process several renderings at once. So by just checking all the boxes of the views you wanna generate, you can send them all to Render in a single step. For now, I'll just do the 3D Lobby. You can output in a couple different choices: either a Still Image, which is what I'm gonna choose here, or we'll look at Interactive Panoramas and Illuminance in the next movie.
The Render Quality can either be Standard or Final. So this is similar to the concept that we were talking about where you wanna do test renders first. Standard quality is free, so if you look down at your Cloud Credits, it'll tell you how many credits you have available and how many are required to generate this rendering. So depending on the choices you pick here, it might actually cost some of your Cloud Credits. Now, the number of credits you have is tied to the level of subscription that you have with Autodesk, so you can talk with your Autodesk reseller, or whoever's in charge of your Autodesk account to kinda figure that out.
A Standard render quality is gonna be free. Also, a Medium image size is also gonna be free, but if you start to increase the image size, or you start to increase the quality, then it will start to charge credits. So I'm gonna do a Final quality, just to show you, that will require one credit. And I'm gonna do maybe a Large image; 2.2 megapixels. Now for the exposure, you can either choose Advanced or Native. It defaulted to Advanced, and it's gonna use some advanced features on the cloud rendering service.
Basically you can just try both of them and see; Native would use the settings built into Revit. And then finally the file format that you want. By now you probably recall that I prefer PNG, so that's what I'm gonna select, but you could of course do a JPEG or a TIF as well if you want to. Now when you do a PNG directly end product, it automatically makes the background transparent. Well here, if you want that feature, you would check this box. Now because my rendering actually is showing the trees and stuff there in the background, I'm gonna actually just leave that unchecked and let it render the background setting that's built into the file.
If I don't like that, I can come back later and generate another one with a transparent background and then post-process that later. I like this feature here; check the box, and Autodesk will send you an email when the rendering is complete. And all that remains is for me to click Start Rendering. It'll take a few minutes while it queues up the rendering. And then when it's done, you'll be able to click the Continue in Background button to keep working and let it do its work up in the cloud. And then I can click Continue in Background. And that's it. So now I'll just wait for an email to arrive, and it will continue to process rendering.
Now as the rendering is generating up in the cloud, you'll see the little spinning wheel right here, and if you click, there's a drop down, and you can choose Render Progress, and that will take you out to your web browser, and it will show you the progress of that rendering. So it'll give you kind of a little rough thumbnail, and you'll see a small progress bar down below, and it'll give you some indication of how far along it is. So you can see I'm about halfway there. Okay, so let's head back to Revit and continue working. So when the rendering's complete, you'll know it in a couple of ways.
First of all, the progress spinner on your status bar at the top will disappear. You'll also get an email in your inbox, so if your email's running, you'll get the message that tells you that your rendering is complete and you can go pick it up. And at any time, you can click the Render Gallery button right here on the View tab, and that will take you out to the 360 website, and you can check the progress there. So you can see here that my Cloud Render is listed right here, and there's a small little drop down menu associated with it, so there's actually several different things that you can do.
You could re-render it; you could render it in a different way; you could show the preview; you can download the image, right? So let's show the preview image here and take a look at it. And there's the rendering; looks quite nice. Okay, so, because we chose the Final quality, it actually did a pretty good job there. You can see through the window the background. That might be slightly distracting, the fact that we're seeing that little bit of a horizon there, but we talked about that in a previous movie, so if you want, you can render it again with the transparency in the PNG file, and then drop in a different background image right there.
But otherwise, your rending is all set and ready to go, and if you want to save it, you can just simply click the drop down here and choose Download Image, and it will download it to your web browser, and then you can use that file anywhere that you need to.
- Creating 3D views and 3D cutaway views
- Adding details to the model
- Creating and editing materials
- Working with the sun system
- Working with lighting groups
- Configuring render settings
- Preparing a cloud render
- Creating a walkthrough
- Rendering a plan