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    Revit and Maya

    What has been everyones experience with creating animations from Revit models? We use 3D studio Max for smaller models like to showcase manufacturer families, and we used Navisworks for large model project fly throughs.

    I have been very unhappy with the quality of the Navisworks videos, so we have started making the transition to Maya as our primary animation and rendering software. You can see some of the videos on our blog or the youtube video: http://www.youtube.com/user/bimadvent?feature=mhum

    What has everyone else' experience been with animations of Revit geometry? What software do you recommend?
    Steve Germano

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    Hi,

    I don't use video with Revit models very often, but I agree with you saying Navisworks rendered video sucks.
    I think many of us would say 3ds max, but as a matter of fact it's hard to get in, and the result doesn't worst the time in many cases!(speaking of my experience).
    I've tested NOVA (from a French firm, tada!) for live walkthrough but without rendering.
    You feel like being in Doom 3d.

    For construction time-line purpose, I found easier to deal with unrendered videos in Revit, with post-production like you did, adding music and pictures.

    I'm interested in knowing why you choose Maya?

    :wine:
    Julien
    "Au royaume des aveugles, les borgnes sont mal vus!"
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      #3
      We do a ton of large scale model walkthough rendering in 3DSMax. The two Max guys have the entire offices supply of computers set up to renderfarm at night when we arent there, including our training room, with 13 machines in it. Works great. Some of their work can be seen at http://www.beckbluemedia.com/.
      Aaron "selfish AND petulant" Maller |P A R A L L A X T E A M | Practice Technology Implementation
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        #4
        3ds Max/Vray for us. I do most of the rendering here and using FBX link is a life-saver. Objects come in attached by material. Assign materials, place cameras, render. Couple stills attached.

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        Brett Harris
        BIM Manager
        Erskine Dredge & Associates Architects Inc.

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          #5
          Originally posted by Twiceroadsfool View Post
          We do a ton of large scale model walkthough rendering in 3DSMax. The two Max guys have the entire offices supply of computers set up to renderfarm at night when we arent there, including our training room, with 13 machines in it. Works great. Some of their work can be seen at http://www.beckbluemedia.com/.
          Now thats impressive. We thought about networking machines together also, but ended up sending the scene up to a render farm in Texas called RenderTitan if I remember correctly. Great videos thanks for sharing!
          Steve Germano

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            #6
            One of the challenges we face is that our videos are all focused on the MEP systems. I have found that utilizing transparencies for the exterior walls create a flickering effect. We have been experimenting with some non reflective glass materials for the architectural model but it is still a work in progress. I see most firms that are really dialed in for rendering are definetely the arch firms. Have any of you seen any great renderings from a MEP firm?
            Steve Germano

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              #7
              I would assume the flickering has something to do with your GI. With Vray, you can go into the element properties of your walls and set it invisible to GI. I believe Mental Ray has the same thing somewhere. Depending on your rendering engine there is a few ways to accomplish transparent walls - with visibility, IOR and refraction values, etc. Head on over to some rendering forums and they could probably help you out.
              Brett Harris
              BIM Manager
              Erskine Dredge & Associates Architects Inc.

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                #8
                Originally posted by Brett View Post
                3ds Max/Vray for us. I do most of the rendering here and using FBX link is a life-saver. Objects come in attached by material. Assign materials, place cameras, render. Couple stills attached.
                They look pretty good to me Brett.

                I'm also starting to get into using FBX into Max Design, and am getting the hang of it slowly.

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                  #9
                  Will RAC2012 have better FBX export options? You can see that FBX import to MAX has many options, however there is only one way to export from REVIT.
                  Revit Architecture - 3ds MAX Design - Octane Render - and many working hours...

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                    #10
                    Not sure what else you need as far as FBX exporting? Within Max, If you use the LINK instead of IMPORT things will be much smoother for you. The linking enables the attachment of objects of by material, category, etc. I personally use attach by materials.
                    Brett Harris
                    BIM Manager
                    Erskine Dredge & Associates Architects Inc.

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