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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Tutorial - Revit Render Farm (The Revit Clinic)

I recieve countless numbers of emails asking about lowering rendering times... Here is one little tutorial. With home servers and cloud drives who knows what else the possibilities are:

Rendered Walkthroughs & Dividing up the Rendering Process
Creating a walkthrough in Revit set to a rendering model graphics style is a very system resource intensive process. Revit needs to render back to back images without fully clearing out the memory in use.

In most cases a single workstation will be unable to render the hundreds or thousands of still rendered images for a typical walkthrough. Even if the workstation could, the rendering process would take days to complete in most cases.

One approach which typically works well is to divide up the frame range of a walkthrough. This allows the rendered walkthrough to complete in most cases and allows for multiple workstations to divide up the rendering process.

For example say you have a 200 frame rendered walkthrough. And you have 5 workstations which can be used for rendering.

In a walkthrough view, when you export the walkthrough under R > Export > Images and Animations > Walkthrough, you have an option for Frame Range:

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