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Monday, February 24, 2014

Autodesk Cloud Rendering and Light Sources


If you have followed this blog over the year you would know how much if a proponent of Autodesk's 360 Cloud Rendering service.  In fact, there is quite a bit of talk and information on cloud rendering in BIM After Dark, too.


Well, there has been a pet peeve of mine when it comes to using the cloud for renderings that include artificial lights...


Here is a rendering with 2 light sources rendering using native in Revit 2014:



And here is the exact same rendering using Autodesk 360 Cloud Rendering:


Besides the obvious difference in exposure and brightness, which is an easy fix, notice the the light sources show!  This can get very frustrating.  My fix for the moment is to decrease the actual source plane size to something like 1" x 1" while keeping the other light parameters larger.

With the continuing dependence on Autodesk's cloud rendering service from many of us Revit users I hope little things like this will be fixed.  I also tested older version of Revit (2012 and 2013) with their respective cloud exporters and the same results were found...