Project Alpha: Green Building Doha, Qatar Leverages RPC Content in Animation

Project Alpha is an approximated 160,000 square meter development surrounded by 11 hectares of landscaping. It is comprised of a resort hotel, multi-residential condos, business center, commercial shops, museum, university, and exposition centers. Project Alpha promises to be one of the most advanced high rise development of its kind in the world.

Submitted into a global competition for consideration by the Kingdom of Qatar, Project Alpha was selected as a to-be-built project in Doha, Qatar. CIVE, XV Studio (Xavier Vilalta i Sabart├ęs) and fco3d collaborated on this project.

ArchVision RPC Content user, Francisco J Penaloza, fco3d , produced the models, renderings and video animation. Francisco shared the video submission with us recently to discuss his use of RPC Content within the presentation. Thanks for sharing this project with us Francisco!

ArchVision RPC Content: December Plants Additions

December_5_thumbnailDecember brings with it four new flowering shrubs additions. This collection includes flowering shrub [4], a small yellow flowering shrub, flowering shrub [6], a dainty pink flowered shrub, flowering shrub [8], a tropical yellow flowered shrub and flowering shrub [10], a pastel blend of pinks and yellows. These beautiful hi-res flowering shrubs are ready for download via the ArchVision Dashboard.

ArchVision Software License plan customers have access to these and thousands more.

Check out all of the latest RPC Content added to the RPC Content exchange by clicking recently added from ArchVision Dashboard.

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ArchVision RPC Content: November Trees Additions

ArchVision proudly introduces four new hi-res RPC tree additions. This collection includes ginkgo [5], a small but hardy tree, deciduous tree [16], a dense narrow tree, deciduous tree [10], a nice round-topped tree and deciduous tree [17] with wide reaching branches. These trees are ready for download via the ArchVision Dashboard.

ArchVision Software License plan customers have access to these and thousands more.

Check out all of the latest RPC Content added to the RPC Content exchange by clicking recently added from ArchVision Dashboard.

Download the ArchVision Dashboard to try these now.

ArchVision RPC Content: September Plants Additions

ArchVision is pleased to announce the addition of three new hi-res outdoor plants to the RPC Content Exchange. This collection of plants includes the feathery pink outdoor plant [5], outdoor plant [2] a short leafy green plant, and the silver-grey santolina plant. Each of these hi-res plants are a perfect addition to your next landscaping project.

ArchVision Software License plan customers have access to these and thousands more.

Check out all of the latest RPC Content added to the RPC Content exchange by clicking recently added from ArchVision Dashboard.

Download the ArchVision Dashboard to test these out now.

ArchVision RPC Content: April Hi-Res Trees Additions

ArchVision proudly welcomes April 2012 Hi-Res Trees Additions to the All Access Exchange. This all new collection features the giant 30′ Deciduous [11} RPC tree, the great for any scene 14′ Deciduous [14] tree, and the subtle 7′ Deciduous [12] tree. ArchVision’s RPC trees come in all shapes and sizes. Amidst the hundreds of RPC trees you’re bound to find a tree that will complement your scene. These can be scaled to any desired height.

If you don’t find that special tree you’re looking for in All Access, create your own with RPC Creator. You can download the RPC Creator here:
http://www.archvision.com/products/plugin#rpc-creator-pro

RPC All Access plan customers now have access to this new library of Rich Photorealistic Content (RPC) from ArchVision.

Check out all of the latest RPC Content added to the RPC Content exchange by clicking recently added from ArchVision Dashboard. ArchVision Dashboard is available as a free download and provides users a free trial.

Rendering the RPC Environment with a Mental Ray Daylight System

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:

RPC Environment with Mental Ray - Default Settings

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.


Physical Scale set to Unitless 90,000

This gives us the following results:


Rendering results with new Physical Scale

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.


Mass Edit Dialog Self Illumination

Now the RPC Environment’s color will render much better.


Rendering with New Values Applied

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:


Rendering with New Exposure Control Value

Utilize the exposure controls to tweak your rendering even further.
I hope this tip helps and good luck with your next rendering.

ArchVision RPC Content: February Hi-Res Plant Additions

As February draws to a close, we at ArchVision make way for Spring with the addition of 4 vivacious new plants. This RPC collection features Outdoor Plant, Outdoor Plant [3], Outdoor Plant [4] and Shrub [8]. These are a perfect addition to any outdoor rendering.

RPC All Access plan customers now have access to this new library of Rich Photorealistic Content (RPC) from ArchVision.

Check out all of the latest RPC Content added to the RPC Content exchange by clicking recently added from ArchVision Dashboard. ArchVision Dashboard is available as a free download and provides users a free trial.

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