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Render trees with SolidRocks
show user profile  vin5ce

Hello all, we are architecture students and for a school project we have made a tree (a rubber tree) on a program called speed tree to make good 3DS Max renderings. ( we are using iToo forest to make the forest ) The problem is that we have very little experience on 3DS and we are having trouble making nice looking renderings, probably because we are setting up the cameras incorrectly, VRay lights etc... We have been playing with the parameters and settings for almost 2 weeks, have watched many tutorials but we still cannot achieve the quality of renderings we are looking for...
I don't know if my explanation makes sense, we just don't get the realistic renderings some other stutents are getting... (the problem isn't the floating leaves that you can see on the picture, we can clean that up easily on photoshop) not only are the renderings not esthetically pleasing, they also take a very long time to render... The attached image shows a rendering that took more than an hour, even though the computer used to render has a good processor and graphics card, people around us, other students and teachers tell us that it shouldn't be taking this long, the attached image's resolution is 640x360 so medium quality...
In our distress qnd dispair, we got solidrocks, which is supposed to improve render quality and speed easily even if we don't know VRay perfectly... ( this 640x360 rendering would've taken 3 hours before solidrocks... )
We are wondering if anyone has ever had a similar problem (ugly image that takes a long time to render?) using the same or a similar path as us ( SpeedTree > iToo forest pack > Vray > SolidRocks )
We have been using Vray 3 and 3DS 2015 with SolidRocks version 1.9.5.
Thanks, i will follow this topic/thread closely, please let me know if you need any more information. We are not in a crazy hurry but we need to present our project early december so we are trying to anticipate just in case (in the worst case scenario we can use VRay for Rhino, but we would rather stick to 3DS as we did last time a few hours before the presentation ^^)
Thank you all
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11/21/2016 7:04:54 PM (last edit: 11/21/2016 7:04:54 PM)
show user profile  vin5ce
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11/21/2016 7:05:53 PM (last edit: 11/21/2016 7:05:53 PM)
show user profile  Nik Clark

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11/21/2016 8:28:52 PM (last edit: 11/21/2016 8:28:52 PM)
show user profile  FX
Put Solidrocks away, you don't need it.

Two videos:

That's all you need.
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11/21/2016 8:49:32 PM (last edit: 11/21/2016 8:51:47 PM)
show user profile  nemac
What are your system specs?

If you want a realistic result, then you would try and make a more accurate tree model, and have some variation in the scene. At least rotate the trees randomly. Work on a shader for the tree too

For the render settings, you have some basic vray preset options on the left hand side bar, third button down. Try a region render at different settings until you get what you want.
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11/22/2016 7:15:55 AM (last edit: 11/22/2016 7:15:55 AM)
show user profile  FX
Alpha transparency has a big impact on render times in Vray, but at 640x360 you shouldn't need to wait longer than a few minutes at most.

I used to use SolidRocks religiously but since Vray 3.3 never had a need for it, like in the video I posted, you only need to worry about a few settings.

I totally forgot about the Quick Settings as well, having rarely used them...simple "solidRocks" style sliders to set the quality.

Post system specs and screenshots...not the entire project folder ;)
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11/22/2016 2:41:34 PM (last edit: 11/22/2016 2:41:34 PM)
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