Join Paul F. Aubin for an in-depth discussion in this video Sending renderings to the cloud, part of Revit: Rendering.
- So Cloud Rendering is great to generate high-quality renderings and free up your computer while it works, and leverage the full power of the Autodesk Cloud. But, it's also useful for a couple of other reasons. Looking at our Render Gallery here, and I've just accessed this through the product, and just remind you how we do that. Back in Revit on the View tab, you can click the Render Gallery button, and when you do that, it will just simply open your default web browser and take you right to the Render Gallery. And I've got the Cloud Render selected here of the file that we've generated, and of course the preview is currently visible because I've clicked on it.
Well, if we click the small menu here, if you go under Render as, there's actually some other choices that we can use here. So, it's actually got a copy of my model that it uploaded and so it's capable of re-rendering it in a few different ways. So, we could do a Panorama, for example, or a Solar Study, an Illuminance, or this one here called Turn Table. So, let's try a couple of these. I'm going to try Illuminance. Now that will display a dialogue, and ask for us to confirm some settings, and I'm gonna kind of except all of these defaults here.
But, what Units do you want to use, do you want to use Footcandles or Lux, what's your Minimum, Maximum, and do you want to input any of these other things on the Legend, what time of day do you want to use, these Sky maps. I'm just going to accept all of the defaults here. And again say, "Email me when this is complete". And let it Start that Rendering. And similar to the other renderings, after a little bit of processing time, you'll see a small progress bar will appear here, and a Preview Image. Now, if you decide you need to Cancel the Rendering, then that option is available.
But, I'm going to let it continue to process. And you can see the progress listed here, as well. And it does record that we actually have two renderings now from this model. When the Illuminance rendering is finished, it will show the thumbnail, just like the other rendering did, and there'll be the small little menu here. So, I'll do Show Preview Image again, and you could see that obviously this rendering is more about showing you the intensity of light within the space. So, they've got this little legend, over on the side, that tells you the measurements in footcandles of the various areas.
You see it's kind of dark here in these corners, and it's obviously very bright over here where the sun is coming in. So you can use this to start analyzing the lighting in your space and making adjustments accordingly. Now, when you've generated multiple renderings from the same model, so you could see here that it says Cloud Render.rvt, that's the name of my model here. And then there's these little icons across the top, and at the moment, it's only showing the Illuminance rendering. But if I click this small little icon, we still have the Still Image that we generated earlier. So that one's still available, there. So as you create these different renderings, they're all going to be stored here in your Render Gallery for you to access later.
And in fact, you can see down below that I've got several other renderings that I've generated in the past, and they're all stored here. If at some point you decide you no longer want the renderings in your gallery, you can actually use this drop-down here to start deleting them. You can use this drop-down here to share them with the Autodesk Gallery or with Autodesk 360. And let's look at one more version of the rendering that we can do here. So, I'm going to go to the Menu on this, and I'm going to say Render as, and let's do a Panorama. I'll accept all the defaults here. And so once again, we can check the box to Email me when the rendering is finished, and then we'll click Start the Rendering, and that will generate the Panorama.
So after you get the notification that the rendering is ready, you can once again click the Render Gallery button, that will take you back out to your web browser, it will load your Render Gallery, and you'll see that the most recent rendering, the Panorama, in this case, will be listed here. Now, this can be sometimes a little bit confusing as to how to get all of the renderings to display. So, what you actually have to do here, you can see it says Latest Renderings on this little drop-down. You actually want to go to All Renderings first, and then it will show you all the renderings that are associated with this model.
Now at this point, you can click and unclick these icons to Hide and Show certain ones. So, if I didn't want to see the Illuminance, I could Hide it, or I could Show it. But let's go ahead and click on the Panorama here that we generated. And the way that this works is now I can just sort of click in this window and drag, and it's actually an interactive 360 degree panoramic view of the space. Now my camera is right here up against the back wall so it's not very exciting from the back side.
But, you can see that if you wanted to kind of look around, look down, look up in this space, that it does render the full thing and allow you interactive access to it. I'm not aware of a program that would allow you to view this offline. So, if you say Download Panorama, I guess it could either be its own embedded HTML Viewer, which would still run in a web browser, I suppose, or we could do as An Image Strip in which case it would just do a series of images.
So, it's gonna work best if you actually view it in the browser so that you can view it interactively like we've seen there. So, the Cloud Render feature is not only just a way that you can offload a rendering to these cloud servers and free up the processing power of your computer while the rendering is performing elsewhere, it's also a way to generate these other very specialized renderings, as you can see, whether it's an Illuminance or a Panorama. So there's a lot of really nice features in this Cloud Render feature, and it's included with your Autodesk subscription if you're a subscription member.
So, definitely something you want to check out. And as I mentioned at the start, if you're an LT user, then this is the way that you do rendering because you don't have the built-in end product render.
- 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