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    Question Suggested Rendering Plug-in(?)_Opinions/Recommendations/Advice

    I am a junior in undergrad, in Interior Architecture/Design, working as an Interiors Intern. The firm I work for, just started working for about a month ago rather, renders right out of Revit's rendering engine, as most people do. But, I made the inquiry about what the possibility would be of introducing a new rendering method if I was proficient enough in the program to make them look more than presentable - we do primarily healthcare and education, and I would like to breathe new life into our renderings rather than leaving them render in the cloud and post-process heavily.

    So, my question is, what are efficient rendering plug-ins for Revit that would instill more of a different and presentable quality instead of the generic feel of Revit renderings. I've worked with Maya before, but that would require more time than desired to become more proficient than the knowledge I have of it as of now. (Not saying that I would invest the time to learn it, but Maya is just one of those programs on a completely different level.) I've looked into the Maxwell plug-in, and I have experimented with Blender. But, I am looking for solid advice and recommendations.

    Let me know if I haven't been clear in what I'm stating, it's the end of the work day here and I'm down on my coffee intake, thank you!

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    Which program to use depends a lot on what your desired output is. Do you want photorealistic images or is something a little sketchy and cartoony OK? Are you doing schematic renderings or final presentation images?

    There is some talk here about different third party programs: http://www.revitforum.org/rendering-...-programs.html

    IMO - if you have the Building Design Suite take a few days to get the basics in 3DS Max and you will be good.

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    I'm looking at putting out more photorealistic images, but not hyper-realistic, something that will be convincing enough in hand with post-process work. I noticed we have 3DS Max in our program suites, and I may starting going over that again considering it's readily available in the office and through educational licensing for "out of office" refining and practice, but I will take a look at the thread you linked.

    Thanks!

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    Unfortunately, Revit is not friendly to "rendering plugins"... The ones that exist as direct plugins are not very good and need a ton of work.

    Dude, you're a student! You get unlimited cloud rendering credits!!! Use them!!! For the type of images you are explaining above it is perfect!

    For example, all of the images you see in the links below were created using Revit and Autodesk 360 cloud rendering:

    BIM After Dark - Ultimate Gallery (Part 2) | TheRevitKid.com! - Tutorials, Tips, Products, and Information on all things Revit / BIM
    BIM After Dark - Ultimate Gallery | TheRevitKid.com! - Tutorials, Tips, Products, and Information on all things Revit / BIM

    Additionally, I explain how I create all of those images in my BIM After Dark series (Volume 1). Feel free to shoot me an email and I will hook you up with a student discount!

    Cheers!
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    I think rendering out of Revit can work and will give good results. The problem is that most people hit the render button with out taking the time to understand lighting and materials. Then complain about the look and want to go to a different software. I have found the time users take to export into other software remap materials and then render takes longer than learning the tools in the native software.

    I will add Steve C Shells website here as all of his renderings are done in Revit since that is the only software he owns. He has also spoken at many conferences on how to accomplish some of the looks in his site.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BD Mackey View Post
    I think rendering out of Revit can work and will give good results. The problem is that most people hit the render button with out taking the time to understand lighting and materials. Then complain about the look and want to go to a different software. I have found the time users take to export into other software remap materials and then render takes longer than learning the tools in the native software.

    I will add Steve C Shells website here as all of his renderings are done in Revit since that is the only software he owns. He has also spoken at many conferences on how to accomplish some of the looks in his site.
    Steven C. Shell, Architect - Current Projects
    Couldn't have said it better myself, Mr. or Mrs. Mackey?

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    Realized that might be the case so I added a signature line...

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    From my experiences lighting is the largest factor for Rendering using Revit. Build yourself a few good lighting families and you are golden.

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    Been playing with Revizto....the only issue I have had though is if I tweaked the lighting for Revit renders they are way too bright in Revizto...

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    Quote Originally Posted by BD Mackey View Post
    Realized that might be the case so I added a signature line...
    Haha good call. I didn't want to say Mister and offend anyone

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