November 19, 2013 1 Comment
October 14, 2013 Leave a comment
Watermarking RPC Entourage allows users to test out content before they buy. If you plan on using RPC Content with Revit 2014 you will need to purchase an ArchVision Software License to remove watermarks. However, there are some common configuration errors that can often result in licensed users still getting watermarks. To prevent and eliminate these issues, our support team has created a document of these common issues for Revit users.
Discover the keys to a successful deployment with Revit here:
ArchVision Software Licenses can be purchased here.
September 23, 2013 3 Comments
Team ArchVision has been working to make RPCs easier to use than ever before. We’ve moved the licensing to the cloud and put path configuration right at your fingertips.
I have created two easy-to-follow videos that show you how to configure paths in ArchVision Dashboard and configure RPC Plug-ins to connect to it.
First, lets start with path configuration.
Next, let me show you how to configure the RPC Plug-in to connect to the Dashboard
Piece of cake. So what are you waiting for? Get your ArchVision Dashboard here.
August 29, 2013 1 Comment
When you see a great blog post, you have to share it! Everyone enjoys learning Tips & Tricks to improve their workflow and they become more valuable when they improve your presentation. Daniel Hughes, of Bradley BIM, storyboards architect Steven Shell’s tips to show you how to make your Revit presentations “POP” for consultants, contractors and facility owners — without using Revit rendering or Adobe Photoshop. Hughes summarizes the 5 basic tips:
1) Turn On Ambient Shadows in Hidden Line View
2) Add Background Image to Hidden Line View
3) Apply Graphic Override to Individual Element
4) Apply Graphic Override to Category
5) Switch Hidden Line View to Realistic View
See Hughes’ complete storyboard that starts with a standard, Revit hidden-line Camera View and goes to a Revit Realistic View: Revit Presentation Tips.
Like Daniel Hughes, we highly recommend you sign up for Steven Shell’s class at Autodesk University 2013. Registration opens September 12, 2013.
July 3, 2013 Leave a comment
Mental ray daylight systems are popular with Autodesk 3ds Max users because it is a single click source of light. However, without proper configuration, the RPCs can look to dark or to bright, or just not match the coloration of the rest of the scene. In an effort to reduce some of the difficulty users experience I wanted to provide some settings I use to get good results.
First, we will take a look at a rendering created with the default settings and a mental ray daylight system. Looks pretty dull. Definitely not what we would expect to see in daylight. The color is poorly saturated (caused by the gamma settings), the RPCs are dark (caused by the exposure settings) and the RPCs don’t have the correct contrast (caused by the physical scale of the scene).
With only 3 changes we are going to make this look completely different without greatly affecting the red, blue and green spheres (representative of other objects in the scene). This will affect the way that the mental ray sky looks, but it should look more realistic in a scene lit by daylight.
First, let’s change the Gamma to 2.2. Gamma for RPC objects is accessed by clicking on the Utilities panel and then selecting More followed by RPC Mass Utility. Instructions for this are available here. The results will look like this. Not an overly noticeable change, but the color is now more saturated.
Next, we need to brighten the RPCs. To do this, go into the Exposure Settings (Rendering–>Exposure Control) and change the Exposure Value for the mr Photographic Exposure Control to 14. This will make a great difference in the brightness of the RPCs.
Lighting is the key to realism in 3D rendering. There are many different variables that can be modified to achieve different results, but I have found that when users are experiencing difficulty changing these few settings usually yields much better results. If you ever have difficulty with anything RPC related, ArchVision’s Customer Service is just a click away at support.archvision.com.
October 11, 2012 Leave a comment
ArchVision currently offers two annual licenses that give users access to all RPCs and plug-ins for 3ds Max, AutoCAD and Photoshop. The ArchVision Software License Floating (sold for $499/year) is portable and can be hosted on a network server to be shared among multiple users (one user concurrently). We also offer the ArchVision Software License Node-Lock version ($249/year) that enables RPC usage on a single computer. I have created a new video to show an overview of purchasing and activating either of these license types.
April 26, 2012 7 Comments
Things to know:
*Unfortunately, Autodesk Revit 2013 did not enable RPC Content Drag & Drop. However, ArchVision’s development team is working on an alternative to enable Drag & Drop from ArchVision Dashboard into Revit scenes. This will behave similarly to the Drag & Drop behaviors available to 3ds Max and AutoCAD users. We will continue to keep you updated on the progress of this feature.
April 11, 2012 Leave a comment
Just when I think I know everything there is to know about RPCs, I learn something new. My latest nugget of knowledge came from long time user Steve Phong, of Overland Partners in San Antonio Texas. Steve taught me a super easy way to change the opacity of RPCs using Mental Ray. I had always thought that the only way to do this was via the material editor or via scripts available for the Scanline renderer.
To change opacity in Mental Ray:
1) Right click on an RPC and select Object Properties.
2) Change Visibility to a value between 0 and 1. A value of one is completely opaque. A value of 0 is completely transparent.
Thanks to Steve for this excellent tip. If you you have a tip or trick to share, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 13, 2012 Leave a comment
Many users have noted unexpected results when using the RPC Environment with a Mental Ray Daylight System. This is primarily because of the way that Mental Ray blends colors. There is a large sky texture that is some shade of blue and a ground plane that is brown or green. The effect of the blending of these two becomes a murky brown/green where blue should be. Through a little trial and error I have created a settings formula that works nicely with most scene configurations.
When the RPC Environment is added to a scene with a Mental Ray Daylight System it will render something like this:
This looks nothing at all like the rendering results with the scanline rendering. I will show you how to fix this.
We will start by changing the Physical Scale values under the Environment and Effects panel. I have changed from Physical Units to Unitless and changed the value from 1500 to 90,000.
This gives us the following results:
There isn’t much change shown, but when we make the next modification it will be apparent. Go into the RPC Mass Edit Dialog and change the Self-Illumination value from 0 to 55.
Now the RPC Environment’s color will render much better.
Finally the sky looks more blue than green. To make it look even better I will brighten the scene by boosting the exposure value from 15 to 14 (lower values increase brightness). This will give us a rendering that looks like this:
Utilize the exposure controls to tweak your rendering even further.
I hope this tip helps and good luck with your next rendering.
November 18, 2011 Leave a comment
Many users refer to our video tutorials for tips and tricks using RPC Content in Revit Architecture. Another great resource is Autodesk. Autodesk provides a great series of Revit Architecture User Assistance documents.
- Creating an RPC Family
- Specify a Render Appearance for an RPC Family
- Create an Entourage Family
- Using the ArchVision Content Manager
- Using Additional RPC Content
- Placing Plants and Entourage in a Project view
- Changing the Size of Plants
We encourage you to check them out. Happy rendering!