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    Maxwell for Revit

    Maxwell just released a plugin for Revit. I can't get it to work, but I am very interested. Anyone else use Maxwell for 3dsmax rendering of revit objects?

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    It works... but it's a little odd. You have to be in a default 3D view to get the ribbon to work. You choose the view you want to render from the Camera tab in Render Parameters.

    My issue with it, so far, is how long it takes to export and start rendering an average (somewhere in the 500,000 face range according to a SketchUp export) size model. Right now I'm waiting about 15 minutes for the rendering to start.

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    I get an error when I click render. Did it work for you ootb or did you have to monkey with it?

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    Once I read about the oddity I mentioned it worked fine.

    It's a painfully slow export, and if it can't find IES files it will error out but it seems to work as expected.

    I still think going through SketchUp or Max is going to be a better workflow.

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    What's the point with current Revit vegetation system?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cerb0z View Post
    What's the point with current Revit vegetation system?
    Exactly!!!

    I use Revit and Maxwell and Octane through Max Design 2012... and ForestPack for vegetation... I think this is the best combination ever!!!
    I can't even think of rendering inside Revit... No UV maps, no Sub-objects, no viewport preview, no way to use millions of models for people, cars, plants, furniture etc... For me, rendering in Revit is simply a waste of time.

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    I have performed some initial testing which I am finding not quite up to scratch when you compare having a container model in Studio max (directly linked) to the Revit model as with the design suite all this requires is a few environment changes and the rendering comes up well for work in progress. Will look further into it - but have also had a series of crashes during the testing and its frustrating you cannot go to the camera view and render direct without setting it up first.

    Any further developments would be appreciated.

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    I can't get an actual project model to render at all. Whether it's complexity, size, worksharing, or whatever, I don't have the time to narrow it down.

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    It works fine for me except i can't open eported .MXS and struggle to find how to control camera once i'm in MW enviroment. No/bad vegetation probably isn't that much of a problem since we mostly do photo montages instead of modelling (even revit renders looking good that way) so building with HDR enviroment in reflectins is all i need.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JTB View Post
    Exactly!!!

    I use Revit and Maxwell and Octane through Max Design 2012... and ForestPack for vegetation... I think this is the best combination ever!!!
    I can't even think of rendering inside Revit... No UV maps, no Sub-objects, no viewport preview, no way to use millions of models for people, cars, plants, furniture etc... For me, rendering in Revit is simply a waste of time.
    While I respectfully disagree that rendering in Revit is a waste of time, for there are still times we do so, I totally agree with what you're saying here. If you want to produce renderings from Revit models using anything but the built-in Mental Ray (and it's vast limitations) then your best bet really is to link the Revit file into Max.

    The new model linking in Max 2013 works very well, so we simply link our models, continue to do the 'real work' in Revit while we simply swap materials / plants / lights in Max and then use Octane Render to produce the images.

    We've tried just exporting OBJs out of Revit or Max & bringing those into Octane Render, and the lack of control over UVs, instancing, entourage, etc. drove us back to using Max.

    Just to be clear, I HATE Max. The UI drives me crazy, and it's so crash-tastic that it's a wonder we get work done sometimes. I'd much rather work with another program, but the Revit linking works so well, and the Octane Render plugin works so well, that well, I just suck it up. ;-)

    I've tried several rendering plugins for Revit, and run into the same problems. Even if there were a Octane Render plugin for Revit, I don't know if we'd use it, unless it was as well integrated as the Mental Ray one is...
    Last edited by JeffreyMcGrew; February 20th, 2013 at 06:36 PM.
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