Top Architectural Rendering Services

Top Architectural Rendering Services

6 Best Services for Architectural Rendering

When creating an architectural render there are some must-have programs to help you put together the best 3d rendering scene you possibly can.  They make the work easier, faster and higher quality.

  1. Xfrog Vegetation packs are premade, gorgeous 3d models of trees, shrubs, and flowers, although they are very realistic, they present a problem of computing resources.  Architectural Rendering Studio, RealSpace 3d utilizes premade, high-quality 3D models with their high-end architectural rendering services.  They are able to put a high number of models into their scene because of an auto distribution tool which saves them time.  In addition to time savings from not having to individually place single trees, RealSpace is able to save computing resources by instancing the models.  Because of RealSpace’s use of Octane, they are able to instance hundreds of trees and not impact the rendering time greatly.  Most architectural rendering companies are forced to cheat their images with 2D tree images photoshopped on top of their render, this typically works reasonably well; however, when moving to animation projects this technique falls flat.  Because RealSpace uses 3-dimensional trees in their scenes animations can occur fluidly and are created with relative ease.Architectural 3d rendering
  2. Octane Render provides a fantastic unbiased, physically correct 3d rendering engine.  They were the first company who utilized graphic card’s untapped potential in the rendering world.  Up to 50 times faster than conventional CPU-based rendering software.  In addition to providing a fast, realistic, rendering engine Octane is easy to learn and easy to use.  Despite these benefits I have found that it’s integration into Maya is less than ideal.  I believe the initial architecture of Octane was wonderful, especially the standalone.  They then hired another company to work on creating the plugins for programs like 3Ds Max, Blender, and Maya.  I’ve personally only used the Max and Maya versions, in my experience they are not logically setup and riddled with bugs, the quality and speed of the backbone of the rendering engine keeps me around though.
  3. realspace3d renderingRender Farm Services one of the struggles with 3D rendering is the render time.  A single image can take days to render.  If you are working on an animation project with a deadline the solution may lie in render farm services.  Imagine a service which allows the speed of your render to only be limited by the size of your checkbook.   Cloud computing is becoming increasingly viable and it makes sense as data transferring improves.
  4. 3D Warehouse if you’re in need of a quick model which doesn’t need to be overly detailed 3d warehouse provides a huge library of 3d models.  The models are created using SketchUp and are typically not the cleanest meshes to work with, especially if moving to another program like Maya or 3ds Max; however, I tend to use them as filler meshes when creating a scene.  There is a large amount of appliances which, when textured and lit properly, are more than sufficient for background pieces in an architectural rendering.  The 3d mesh isn’t overly clean though so don’t expect to be able to do too much modification.
  5. Turbo Squid if it is high-quality 3d models which you’re after but on too tight of a time constraint to model it yourself, purchasing models from turbo squid are a great solution.  I’ve bought high-quality architectural visualization packages which allowed me to quickly populate a scene with extremely detailed models which fit the scene perfectly.  It is important to choose models which are compatible with your personal 3D software as it makes editing significantly easier.
  6. Textures Creating high-quality textures is arguably one of the biggest keys to creating realistic 3d renders.  Creating each texture from scratch or searching through google can be time-consuming.  Textures.com offers high quality, seamless textures ready to use.

5 of the Biggest Tech Advances for the Month of November

Tech News for the Month of November 2016

  1. Microsoft has reached human parity for speech recognition.  Speech recognition has been around since the 1970’s but this is the first time speech recognition has been on par with that of humans.  This does not mean that the recognition is perfect but it is a monumental step.  Microsoft says their next step in this development will be to pursue speech understanding.  Microsoft already uses the somewhat creepy “Cortana” as  their robot listening device.  Their goal is to develop Cortana into a more effective assistant, and likely a better robot at understanding what your advertisements should look like.
  2. Edward Snowden is growing increasingly concerned about the number of people who rely solely on facebook for news.  The main concern isn’t the plethora of fake news which consumes facebook, but rather, the limited alternative sources people are seeking.  Many people are beginning to exist in an echo chamber politically, it is easy to tailer your google searches and article titles to suit your political views with no regards for facts.  Snowden’s greatest concern seems to be the monopoly companies like Facebook, Google and Twitter have on providing people with new, especially news which contains misleading headlines.  People were inundated with politcal content leading up to the election, lots of which was untrue or mis represented at the least “To have one company that has enough power to reshape the way we think, I don’t think I need to describe how dangerous that is,” Snowden said.
  3. Elon Musk unveiled the new Tesla Solar Roofs this month.  This complete’s the 3 step plan to generate (solar roof) store, (powerwall) and transport (motors).  As per usual, Elon Musk’s company has present an obvious solution to a very apparent problem.  There is no doubt Elon is one of the greatest minds of our generation, but this is not a terribly complicated problem.  The obvious question is why hasn’t this been done for decades.  There have been a number of examples of electric cars being squashed by big oil companies, for example, those features in “who killed the electric car”
  4. Finland could become the first country to ban coal use for energy.  Finland is looking to put forth a ban on all coal usage for energy.  The country has been working towards this goal for years now and it seems it is finally taking shape.  In addition, France has said they are planning to go coal free by 2023.  Canada has said it will aim to be coal free by 2030. The chips are starting to fall with regards to archaic, polluting fossil fuels but is it too little too late.  The earth has crossed 400 parts per million for CO2 recently, Toby from the office seems to think it’s already hopeless.

4 Advantages of Modern Graphic Technology

Never more than now has technology been an intricate assimilation into the day to day lives of humans.  Today we set out to explore the modern advances in graphic technology and note the biggest advantages they provide.

#4.  Oculus rift– This new technology goes beyond just playing video games.  It engages more of our senses and provide a window into the future of interacting with media.  The implications with this technology are endless.

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#3.  Sketchup– This program brings basic modeling to the main stream allowing everyone the ability to visualize what their 3D creation.  Although still popular today some of the industry standard modeling programs are extremely pricey, and difficult to learn.  Sketchup does not quite provide the same level of freedom as these other bigger programs such as 3ds Max however the simplicity of it makes it very approachable for someone with some existing computer skills.

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#2. Youtube/ Facebook 360 degree video–  The release 3D panoramic images is nothing new however the integration of it in video allows the average person with a smart phone the ability to create their own VR headset with no additional hardware.  The level of immersiveness in this type of video is unmatched.  You can walk down a street and look at every sight and sound  as though you are right there.  In our opinion we think movies could start to incorporate this sort of experience where you become “there”

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#1. 3D rendering– Due to advancements in graphic cards and 3d software the quality, accuracy and speed at which 3D renders can be created at a relatively low cost continue to create a shift in Real Estate to showing architectural visualizations rather than creating expensive show rooms or real life models

Top 5 Must Have Technologies in 2016

 

What are we without our cellphones these days.  They provide us with the ability to communicate, learn and be entertained. But which apps can we no longer live without?

#5. Camera: The next generation of phone users has become obsessed with their own vanity and humble brags.  The single most used function on a phone seems to be the camera.  The number of selfies taken each year seems to grow exponentially with no sign of slowing down.  Beyond vanity there are some really beneficial uses to this.  From photographing prospective real estate to keeping important paper work in one place, the camera is one of the most critical aspects of a phone.

#4. Games: We have all become so consumed by modern technology that we can no longer sit still and enjoy a break.  Now when we are left alone to our own thoughts we go a little nutty.  As a result that awkward silence of sitting alone is now consumed by playing simple, mindless cellphone games.  They generally require very little skill or attention however we are addicted to it and we’re not afraid to admit it by posting it on social media.  Can we live without them? Maybe… but do we prefer to use our “brain break” to check if our farm is still thriving? Absolutely.

#3 Email, Text, Phones:  Coming in at a meager number 3, those features our old “dumb” phones were capable almost seem like a feature that is often glossed over. There are so many ways to get into touch with someone these days the idea of not having the “big three” at our disposal doesn’t seem quite so daunting to me.

#2. Google Maps: I’m a little biased with this subject.  Without google maps I personally would probably be stuck somewhere in the middle of the city right now spinning in circles weeping.  The concept of heading somewhere new without the reassurance of a constantly updating, ever directing map is terrifying.  Are we losing our ability to navigate and go through that moment of intense focus when the music is muted so you can put all brain power to use beginning to abandon us, I never had it so I can’t speak to that.

#1. Social Media: Depending who you are chances are you are completely intertwined with the use of social media.  Facebook, twitter, instagram, snapchat… the evolution of how we communicate and interact with each other is constantly evolving.