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  1. DavidJames

    FOR THE EXPERTS - Lumion Vs TwinMotion Vs Thea Vs Vray?

    Congrats on the purchase! You're going to love the software for arch viz. Here are the specs of the system that I custom built roughly 3 years ago that still works incredibly well with all of today's software: OS: Windows 10 Pro CPU: Intel i7 7820x (8 Cores, 16 Threads) Cooling: Noctua NH-D15 Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 1070 X 8G Motherboard: MSI X299 Tomahawk RAM: 32 GB Corsair Vengeance (2400mhz) Hard Drive (Main): Samsung Evo 850 1TB (Solid State) Hard Drive (Storage): Western Digital Blue 64MB 2TB Power Supply: EVGA 750W GQ 80+ Gold Case: Fractal Design Define R5 (Black) If I were to build a system today, I would probably build one that looks something like this: CPU: Ryzen 5900X (12 Core - 24 Threads) Cooling: Noctua NH-D15 Video Card: GeForce RTX 3070 (I prefer MSI branded, but any should be fine) Motherboard: MSI MAG B550M RAM: 32GB @ 3600MHz (Brand of your choosing) Hard Drive (Main): Samsung Evo Pro 860 1TB (Solid State) Hard Drive (Storage): Western Digital Blue 2TB (Or any of your choosing) Power Supply: Corsair RM750 Gold (Or equivalent) That should bring you to around $1900 USD which should leave you enough room for a case of your choosing and windows 10 pro.
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    FOR THE EXPERTS - Lumion Vs TwinMotion Vs Thea Vs Vray?

    There's a boat-load of assets within Lumion 10 PRO so you should be able to produce something similar. One thing to keep in mind is that one of the reasons your sample interior image looks so realistic is that the assets are 100% custom/Third Party. There also seems to be some post production work that went into it (photoshop etc).
  3. DavidJames

    FOR THE EXPERTS - Lumion Vs TwinMotion Vs Thea Vs Vray?

    At the moment I'm strictly using Lumion Pro (version 10). I decided to skip Lumion 11 as the added features didn't justify the cost in my opinion. At the moment, I think D5 only supports FBX and SKP imports. Once they add .DAE to that list, I think I'll make the switch over. Here's a quick sample of a render I did in Lumion:
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    FOR THE EXPERTS - Lumion Vs TwinMotion Vs Thea Vs Vray?

    If you have upcoming projects that can justify the cost of Lumion, I would probably pull the trigger on it. What it lacks in render quality vs V-Ray, Thea etc, it more than makes up for it in regards to the easy learning curve and the quick rendering times. As an alternative, I would look into D5 Render. It's a fraction of the cost, and is capable of producing some pretty impressive renders. The only thing that's holding me back from switching over from Lumion is the short list of supported file formats. However, they are currently working on increasing that list and should be implemented in the next release (1.9?).
  5. Revit has this feature. You can essentially unlock the siding and the exterior plywood layers which then allows you extend just those items in either direction on the Z-axis. It would be great if Chief was able to adopt the same ability. Base Extension.webm
  6. Shane, Unfortunately auto-building the roof raises up the roof planes over the garage which is a different scenario from what Michael has (lowered roof planes w/ an inset exterior wall).
  7. DavidJames

    Real Time Ray Tracing in X13

    Well worth it in my opinion. A 2 year subscription for Revit (full) is paid for with one project. Also, most people can get away with Revit LT which is $450 / year... which is extremely reasonable if you ask me.
  8. DavidJames

    Real Time Ray Tracing in X13

    This is exactly what it is. It seems like since X9, the company has shifted the focus mostly to making things look pretty all in an effort to sell more copies to new users while neglecting the productivity features that matter to the long-term user. Sure the 3D view may look pretty (which is does), but the road to getting there can be hours upon hours of frustration. My business is 99% clients reaching out and asking me to quote on permit packages for city permit. At absolutely no point am I trying to "wow" clients with 3D images in the hopes to land a project. When I secure projects, what I need is software that will get the job done correctly, efficiently, and without the need to fight/trick it into doing what I want it to do, all of which produce a final product that looks professional. I've been using Chief since X3 and unfortunately there are just far too many frustrations/quirks/issues/missing features that the guys over at Chief keep deciding to ignore... and the list keeps growing. Last year I decided to make the switch to Revit for all my construction drawings and honestly, I wish I would have done it sooner. Sure it takes longer initially as you have to create a lot of your own families (windows, doors, trims etc), but once you get that out of the way, you'll find the whole design experience monumentally more enjoyable w/ minimal to no headaches. Revit is light years ahead of Chief in terms of: Terrain design/manipulation Object snapping Custom object generation Smart 3D models Generic 3D modeling (imagine polyline solids that can host windows, doors etc) Auto-linked sections Auto-linked callouts CAD tools CAD Exporting Level adjustments (adjusting ceiling heights, roof heights, b/o concrete heights is a breeze) Phasing (absolutely incredible feature for renovations!) Layouts Drafting options like duplicating views/layouts Temporary Hide/Isolate options 2D Detailing Sloping slabs Masking features Alignment options/behaviour Draw distance in elevation views Speed of operation Overall quality of drawings ... and many more Over the last year, I've been closely watching what would come out with X13 and... yet again, another disappointment. At this point the only things that Chief does well (and I'm talking really well) is to quickly create floor plans, and provide 3D views of said floor plans/simple spaces and/or the exterior of simple structures. If a client reached out and asked me to create a 3D render of an interior space, I wouldn't even think twice to do the design in Chief as there isn't anything out there that's faster (though I would still export everything into Lumion for rendering) Anything beyond that, no thanks. I'll pass.
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    Cheif compatible 3D software

    I'm using Lumion for both interior and exterior rendering and animations.
  10. DavidJames

    3D Solids Webinar Today 12 PM PST.

    Just tried and it worked! Thank you very much
  11. DavidJames

    3D Solids Webinar Today 12 PM PST.

    Is there a link where we can re-watch it?
  12. DavidJames

    Cut Line

    I usually just use the "Cad detail from view" command, change the foundation lines to dashed, and then copy and paste in place over an earth fill:
  13. DavidJames

    Adding watermark to render?

    What about converting all the images to a PDF and then doing it in Adobe?
  14. DavidJames

    LIVE VIEW or PLOT LINES, which one do you use?

    I only use Plot Lines. I'm not sure if it's just me, but I find that when it comes to printing, Plot Lines appears to be cleaner than Live Views. Another nice benefit of using Plot Lines is being able to use the Edit Linework tool.
  15. You're correct - it should definitely be a negative number. I just randomly put a numerical value in there 1. I don't believe this can be done automatically - although I could be wrong! 2. In the defaults, you can highlight "grade level" and then select the remove button. See below. All was auto except for the average grade marker which I put in manually.