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    DJAB got a reaction from Spacer in Please sort out the component system   
    Generally speaking, I'm of the opinion that the components system needs a complete overhall top to bottom. To be blunt, a lot of the models are ugly and very basic. Too basic to be of any real use. The whole thing needs to be modernised.
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    DJAB reacted to Andrew West in Render Performance Test Thread revisited (Vray)   
    12 minute test render with 5 minutes of Photoshop post process. 

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    DJAB got a reaction from Jaakko in Interior   
    Hi Andrew,
     
    Yeah Im familiar with 3DS Max, I typically use either Max or Z but I really hate going between programmes. Blender is way too complicated for me, Iv tried multipe times to learn it but I just cant get into it. Saying that I unerstand that the next release of blender, (is it 2.9?) will have a whole new interface, so perhaps Ill re-visit it. Not being able to import DWG is such a huge drawback for me, but then there's the new EVEE rendering engine, so who knows what the pros and cons will be.
     
    Back to Z, I agree, some tools for cloth would be great. Collide A with B and freeze at any point at which you become happy with the result. Perhaps in Z 9?  
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    DJAB got a reaction from Jaakko in Vray for Form Z Webinar (14th Nov 2017)   
    Jaakko,
     
    Nice!
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    DJAB reacted to Andrew West in Render Performance Test Thread revisited (Vray)   
    Rob
    I have tried repeatedly to use the Denoiser effect in Maxwell but it destroys my image.  In particular it blurs my wood texture maps on my furniture and turns the stone pattern to something resembling melted plastic.  So that effect only really works on smooth objects without maps.  In Vray the denoiser works as expected and it helps the image a lot.  You are correct that the Maxwell image is warmer and has more atmosphere.  As stated previously the environment light in Vray is  not quite working as expected.   I hope they get that figured out since I use it a lot. 
    The lack of images on this site is due to the fact that they have been working out a lot of issues with the software.  No one has been producing finished renderings en mass yet.  I aim to correct that shortly as I have 12 images that I have set up in Vray and can output a few tests soon. Just need to work out a few issues first.   I will keep you posted.
    Andrew
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    DJAB reacted to Tech in Vray for Form Z Webinar (14th Nov 2017)   
    Sorry all. There was a problem with the webinar recording and we are unable to post this. We have been trying to salvage it, but it looks like a lost cause. We will be hosting a similar webinar with the final product. Look for an announcement on this soon!
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    DJAB reacted to Jaakko in Vray for Form Z Webinar (14th Nov 2017)   
    V-Ray is already put to work in my projects too. I'm not looking back to renderzone, which served me well for many years though.
    What I need is fast, reliable and well integrated renderer for showing constructions and design ideas. No need for hyper realism in daily basis but
    it's a good to keep that possibility in your back pocket.  

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    DJAB reacted to Des in Maxwell Render   
    About 50% of the entourage in that kitchen is modelled by me and the rest are a combination from Antons https://www.formz.xyz site and other stuff I picked up over the years.
    Some jobs are 95% modelled as it's not always possible to get 3d models of other parts like in this one where everything apart from the people are modelled from photo references. If 3d models are available online, I would suggest not using them directly, but rather using them to "trace" or build another from it to get a nice clean model.
     
    Des
     
    Sorry..... the plant is a Vizpark Maxwell reference file (mxs)



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    DJAB reacted to Andrew West in Render Performance Test Thread revisited (Vray)   
    I had no interest in comparing Vray to Renderzone any more than I would compare a new Tesla to an old Ford wagon.  Sorry for the bad analogy.  However, I am currently comparing Maxwell to Vray as that makes a lot more sense.   I have been using Maxwell for about 3 years now so I am pretty familiar with it.  There was a pretty steep learning curve at first and a lot of watching tutorials about secret tips and tricks that were less than obvious.  Maxwell is a fantastic program if you know what you are doing and have A LOT OF TIME to wait for a decent render.  I might add that the investment in hardware and render farms can be a bit steep as well.  Over the last few years it has become faster and easier to use.  So now that Vray is almost here I thought I would put the two side by side on a decent size project and then check results. 
    First off I find that once you know Maxwell or another stand alone engine it is always easier to learn another one if they approach lighting and materials in the same manner.  Vray is somewhat similar so it was only a few hours of poking around before I got up to speed.  If you are unfamiliar with how these programs work it might take quite a bit longer.
    Next off is how well integrated the two programs are within Form.z.  They both have a tendency to crash the program from time to time but I have yet to really figure out whether it is Form.z that is causing the issue or the engines.  Clicking on lights too quickly or moving too fast in general can lead all sorts of problems.  So save often and get a good SSD to speed things up.  The material palette in Maxwell is better integrated and more intuitive but Vray is still a work in progress at this point.  There are a lot of little glitches in Vrays materials and some of the settings make no sense and have no real reference in the real world that I can determine.  However, the real strength of an integrated render engine is how well it takes the materials you set up in Form.z and converts them over.  Both programs do an excellent job with a slight advantage to Maxwell as they have had more time to work out the bugs and interface.  One big difference in the future will be the fact that there are so many materials that are already created for Vray.  Maxwell has a fair number of materials on the Next Limit website but every year that list gets smaller and smaller for some bizarre reason.  For me I tend to create my own materials so it doesn't matter as much.  I did read recently that using old materials from previous versions of Vray can cause a lot of performance issues but I have not yet tested that out. 
    As for lighting that is where things get interesting.  Maxwell has never been quite as easy as they claim when it comes to converting native Form.z lights.  In fact it has never worked for  me so I always create my own Maxwell lights.  The best features of both programs is the ability to use HDRI images for scene lighting as that adds the most realism.  In fact that is what I have spent the last two days exploring with Vray.  For some reason Maxwell just handles HDRI illumination much better and I have yet to find out why.  I know that Vray users use this technique all the time so maybe I am still missing something important.  The other great lighting feature is the ability to use emitters.  Here Maxwell has a distinct advantage as emitters work wonderfully whereas in Vray they don't seem to have much of an effect at all.  The settings are way off of real world values and the sliders make no sense (to me). Both programs allow you to create hidden box or mesh lights that can add illumination in areas in the same way photographers bounce light around a room to evenly illuminate it.  One thing that Vray needs badly is some sort of shadow control for its sun light.  It only creates hard shadows at this time which is unfortunate since the sun renders faster. Perhaps they are working on that.
     
    Now for the kicker: TIME vs QUALITY.  I did a test render on both programs and while the images are both acceptable they are both very different.  I find that the Maxwell image has more atmosphere due to the better use of the HDRI light and it was easier to control.  However, the Vray image rendered out to a similar quality took 14 minutes.  The Maxwell image took 8 hours and 7 minutes.  These were both at fairly low res by my standards.  Both are attached to compare. Neither of them are close to what I would consider finished pieces.
     
    So here is my take on this so far:
    Maxwell has been around a lot longer within Form.z and has most of the bugs worked out.  It has a slightly better material editor once you know how to use it and better control over certain types of lighting for now. It is also impossibly slow but getting a little better.
    Vray is a work in progress still and has some issues to work out before I would consider it for a mission critical project.  It gives very acceptable results in a fraction of the time.  I am sure that once I spend more time with it I could get very similar results to Maxwell.
     
    Final conclusion: I personally have been waiting for Vray for over ten years since it was first suggested as an addition to Form.z.  It looks like the wait is almost over.  There is no such thing as a perfect piece of software and I know they will work this out over time. The time savings and acceptable results of Vray are well worth it in order to stay competitive in this field. 
     
    I will post more as I more familiar with Vray.
    AW
     


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    DJAB got a reaction from Jaakko in Another Maxwell Render   
    Hi guys,
     
    I really like Maxwell so far, this is my 2nd render. Far from perfect but its pretty nice I think.
     
    The multilight feature is really cool. I have avoided the GPU render engine though as its crashed during the night on many occasions and besides, it does not support multilight. Disappointing, but it is a LOT faster than CPU though.
     
    I am still getting a LOT of noise which has been amplified after I have uploaded it...
     
    Andy
     
     
     
     


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    DJAB got a reaction from Des in Vray for Form Z Webinar (14th Nov 2017)   
    Guys,
     
    Anyone tune in to the webinar yesterday? I had to cancel at the last minute. Iv had a quick look on youtube but so far it doesn't look like its been uploaded. Any ideas? I'm keen to see it having just got hold of the beta.
     
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    DJAB got a reaction from DeanAmbiree in render "finishes" instantly - but screen is black   
    by the way, when I export to studio it renders fine... 
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    DJAB got a reaction from Allysonbop in render "finishes" instantly - but screen is black   
    Hi guys,
     
    What could be causing this? it was working fine an hour ago, now fire renders a black image and when I use maxwell it renders instantly but the screen is black... It shoots to 100% in 0 time and 0 SL level but says that the render is complete. I have not changed anything from an hour ago when it worked okay...
     
    Same problem with the backup file. One thing i did notice was that a file is no longer created on my desktop (where the fmz file is saved), just an mxs file. Previously a folder was being created which had the png image in it and some other files too.
     
    Really hope someone can help.
     
    File is too big to upload here, (12mb) see we transfer link below...
     
    https://www.wetransfer.com/downloads/4fa62999734d9dd53211857280a06cc720161020223133/ee926a8ccbd4545ab4a72bb07b4ef88120161020223133/69a9d1
     
     
     
     
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    DJAB got a reaction from Allysonbop in render "finishes" instantly - but screen is black   
    Hi guys,
     
    What could be causing this? it was working fine an hour ago, now fire renders a black image and when I use maxwell it renders instantly but the screen is black... It shoots to 100% in 0 time and 0 SL level but says that the render is complete. I have not changed anything from an hour ago when it worked okay...
     
    Same problem with the backup file. One thing i did notice was that a file is no longer created on my desktop (where the fmz file is saved), just an mxs file. Previously a folder was being created which had the png image in it and some other files too.
     
    Really hope someone can help.
     
    File is too big to upload here, (12mb) see we transfer link below...
     
    https://www.wetransfer.com/downloads/4fa62999734d9dd53211857280a06cc720161020223133/ee926a8ccbd4545ab4a72bb07b4ef88120161020223133/69a9d1
     
     
     
     
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    DJAB got a reaction from Allysonbop in render "finishes" instantly - but screen is black   
    Hi guys,
     
    What could be causing this? it was working fine an hour ago, now fire renders a black image and when I use maxwell it renders instantly but the screen is black... It shoots to 100% in 0 time and 0 SL level but says that the render is complete. I have not changed anything from an hour ago when it worked okay...
     
    Same problem with the backup file. One thing i did notice was that a file is no longer created on my desktop (where the fmz file is saved), just an mxs file. Previously a folder was being created which had the png image in it and some other files too.
     
    Really hope someone can help.
     
    File is too big to upload here, (12mb) see we transfer link below...
     
    https://www.wetransfer.com/downloads/4fa62999734d9dd53211857280a06cc720161020223133/ee926a8ccbd4545ab4a72bb07b4ef88120161020223133/69a9d1
     
     
     
     
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    DJAB got a reaction from Allysonbop in render "finishes" instantly - but screen is black   
    Hi guys,
     
    What could be causing this? it was working fine an hour ago, now fire renders a black image and when I use maxwell it renders instantly but the screen is black... It shoots to 100% in 0 time and 0 SL level but says that the render is complete. I have not changed anything from an hour ago when it worked okay...
     
    Same problem with the backup file. One thing i did notice was that a file is no longer created on my desktop (where the fmz file is saved), just an mxs file. Previously a folder was being created which had the png image in it and some other files too.
     
    Really hope someone can help.
     
    File is too big to upload here, (12mb) see we transfer link below...
     
    https://www.wetransfer.com/downloads/4fa62999734d9dd53211857280a06cc720161020223133/ee926a8ccbd4545ab4a72bb07b4ef88120161020223133/69a9d1
     
     
     
     
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    DJAB got a reaction from Minaabilk in License stuck in demo mode   
    Anyone else experiencing this? 
     
    I will submit a ticket with NL but thats going to take a week before I get a response judging by other tickets I have with them, so I'm curious to see if anyone else is struggling? (Mac OS X)
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    DJAB got a reaction from Allysonbop in render "finishes" instantly - but screen is black   
    Hi guys,
     
    What could be causing this? it was working fine an hour ago, now fire renders a black image and when I use maxwell it renders instantly but the screen is black... It shoots to 100% in 0 time and 0 SL level but says that the render is complete. I have not changed anything from an hour ago when it worked okay...
     
    Same problem with the backup file. One thing i did notice was that a file is no longer created on my desktop (where the fmz file is saved), just an mxs file. Previously a folder was being created which had the png image in it and some other files too.
     
    Really hope someone can help.
     
    File is too big to upload here, (12mb) see we transfer link below...
     
    https://www.wetransfer.com/downloads/4fa62999734d9dd53211857280a06cc720161020223133/ee926a8ccbd4545ab4a72bb07b4ef88120161020223133/69a9d1
     
     
     
     
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    DJAB got a reaction from Minaabilk in License stuck in demo mode   
    Anyone else experiencing this? 
     
    I will submit a ticket with NL but thats going to take a week before I get a response judging by other tickets I have with them, so I'm curious to see if anyone else is struggling? (Mac OS X)
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    DJAB got a reaction from Minaabilk in maxwell can't use forms sunlight?   
    So,
     
    (new user here so please forgive this question, I'm sure its simple.)
     
    I have a form z model and maxwell, i hit render and it tells me there are no lights in the scene. Cant maxwell simply use the formz sunlight I have? If not, I basically need to replicate the sunlight via an emitter - that doesn't seem right to me...
     
    Or am I missing something here...
     
    cheers
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    DJAB got a reaction from Minaabilk in License stuck in demo mode   
    Anyone else experiencing this? 
     
    I will submit a ticket with NL but thats going to take a week before I get a response judging by other tickets I have with them, so I'm curious to see if anyone else is struggling? (Mac OS X)
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    DJAB got a reaction from DeanAmbiree in render "finishes" instantly - but screen is black   
    by the way, when I export to studio it renders fine... 
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    DJAB got a reaction from AllieAlape in "Demo mode enabled"   
    Hi,
     
     Plase see attached regards to my Fire settings
     
    Demo mode enabled and the resolution is locked to 720x720 - My fire previews are pretty poor and I'm wondering if this is why...
     
    Any ideas what this is about, I do have a full licence.
     
    Andy
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    DJAB got a reaction from AllieAlape in cant create new mxm file   
    Guys,
     
    Everytime I try to create a new material its being saved as form z layout autosave instead of a mxm file... see screen shot, its driving me mad!
     
    Any ideas. (win 10)
     
    Andy
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    DJAB got a reaction from AllieAlape in GPU wont render   
    Hi Guys,
     
    I cant get the GPU render to work at all, unless I use a demo scene file and turn off multilight.
     
    From Form Z (display options) I have changed the setting to GPU. When I hit render it vozolizes but then nothing happens and it just hangs at 0SL saying "computing".
     
    if I turn it back to CPU it works fine.
     
    If I open the file in Studio the GPU fire will work but when hitting render, it hangs again and nothing happens.
     
    Any ideas?
     
    Windows 10
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB
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