Friday, 30 March 2012

Tutorial: How to set up Distributed Rendering in Vray for Sketchup

What is Distributed Rendering (DR) Spawner?

Distributed Rendering is the capability to render a single image across multiple computers. This has the possibility of utilizing multiple computers which can greatly increase rendering speed. VRay can use up to ten computers with just one license.

Tutorial: How to set up the DR Spawner in Vray for Sketchup by Edgar Navas Via Sketchup Vray Resources Blog

Firs of all, you have to connect yours PCs in a LAN (Local Area Network) and know each IP address. By default, Windows OS come with DHCP activated, which is the hub that assigns the IP addresses of each pc.
In my case, for practical reason I made my LAN with static IPs. The default IP address is 192.168.xx.xx. I use another because I manually assign IP address to a specific PC. I use 172.16.25.xx

Ok, going back to IPs issue, to know what is the IP address of each PC, in the windows star menu, choose run and then CMD. A window like this should appear.


Inside the DOS windows, you have to type ipconfig and then key enter o intro and the screen will look like this.


In my case, my IP address is this can be done in each PC that you want to connect whit DR Spawner.

Second an important thing to know, probably you have installed V-ray without Distributed Rendering Spawner, again run the installer an choose only the DR Spawner option.


Once the DR Spawner is installed in each PC you have to run, it. It can  be accessed using Windows start->Programs->V-ray for Sketchup->Distributed Rendering Spawner. When you run the DR Spawner a window like this should appear.


Don`t close that window.

The third important thing to know is the Window Firewall. You  need to set up permissions to the Windows Firewall.


Ok, almost done, to make sure that the Master is connecting to other PCs run CMD again and type (in my LAN is) ping 172.16.25.xx -t where xx is the number or numbers assign to each PCs


Now the LAN is ready to make a Distributed render

In V-ray Options->System check box ON and then click to the button with 3 points


Here is for config the hosts (slaves) add server write the IP address and OK


Enter all hosts or servers, click on the button resolve servers and check the IP addresses that we have entered.


Check the box for each server


And done, Distributed Rendering Spawner it's configured.

Distributed Rendering Spawner Off


Distributed Rendering Spawner On. Starting


Distributed Rendering Spawner On. Processing.


Distributed Rendering Spawner On. Almost finished


Thursday, 29 March 2012

Product Connect for Google SketchUp

 Product Connect for Google SketchUp helps designers document there product choices made in their SketchUp models. New version of Product Connect is now available for download from the Igloo Studios website.

This video provides a nice overview of the new release:

Via Google Sketchup Blog

Saturday, 24 March 2012

Quick intro to iray in 3ds Max 2012

here’s a quick video: intro to iray in 3ds Max 2012 thanks to Jeff Patton:

iray renderer comes built in within 3dsmax 2012 however,you need a Subscription Advantage Pack for ActiveShade for iray. Via Jeff Patton Blog

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

How to Install Wordpress on your Website

Heres a great video tutorial on the process of installing wordpress on you website:

LINKS: - Download Wordpress from here - A Excellent free FTP Client , FTP Clients are needed to install Wordpress - Free Web Host, A Web Host is needed to install Wordpress

Monday, 19 March 2012

Training Course: Interior 3D Architectural Visualization in Blender 2.6

Blender Cookie have just announced there new Blender Training Course on Interior 3D Architectural Visualization using Blender 2.6. For those who don't know, Blender is a Free open source 3D animation and rendering software. Details of the training course can be found HERE.

Saturday, 10 March 2012

Vray for Sketchup Resources: Links to Tutorials and Blogs


Link to: The Complete V-Ray for Sketchup Rendering Process - From Start to Finish HERE

Link to: How to Use Vray for Sketchup to create an Animation HERE and More Video tutorials from Arzi3d HERE

More tutorial videos visit youtube chanel HERE

Online Blogs on Vray for Sketchup:

Sketchup Vray Resources: HERE

Sketchup Vray Materials: HERE

Groups on Facebook:

Join Vray Sketchup Group HERE for further resources and discuss any issues

Join sketchup-vray artists Group HERE for further resources and discuss any issues

Join Sketchup Texture HERE

Friday, 9 March 2012

Sketchup to Revit with Materials

There have been many posts about how you can control Sketchup materials in Revit using Object Styles. However, this relies on the existence of different layers for each distinct material in the original file. If you have an SKP file and would like to create the layers you need (without using Sketchup itself), you can use this method:
  1. Import Sketchup SKP file in to 3ds Max Design
  2. Export as FBX file
  3. Use Import command in AutoCAD, choose the FBX file - choose to have a layer for each material (Assign Objects to Layers - By Material)
  4. For some reason, I had to untick the Block option - otherwise the file would not import at all.
  5. Save the DWG file
  6. Import to Revit - you now have granular control over each Material / Layer combination through Object Styles...

An alternative way can be found HERE by Revit TotD which may be helpful.

Via What Revit Wants