Fast Animation Rendering with Allura

 

Animations – (Plus version) more information

Animation is typically a short movie you create to communicate your vision and creativity to your customers.  A picture is worth a thousand words, imagine how much clarity you can share with a short, rendered animation.

Why use animations?
  • Share your design vision and creativity with your clients to confirm requirements or reduce the sale cycle
  • Highlight your products in short movies on the web
  • Use for customer or employee training
  • Present your capabilities at trade shows
What can you create?
  • Fly over your design
  • Walk through your room design
  • Orbit around your new exhibit booth design
How simple is it?
  • Create your scenes and sequence them in SketchUp
  • Setup your lighting and materials (you probably already have this from your base renderings)
  • Quickly configure animation settings, quality, frame size, frame rate and more
  • Render your animation
  • Save to your favorite video format for the web, computer or other common formats (.avi, .mp4, .webm, or .ogv)
  • Present to your customers

 

Materials

Your SketchUp materials will automatically work with Allura. Allura gets the color, texture, transparency, etc. directly from SketchUp.

Then you add special rendering properties, such as reflection, or refraction by selecting one of our Material Presets. Each of the Presets selects a base material type, and presets values for a good rendering of the material. You can then change the amount of reflection, Sharpness, or Index of Refraction to find tune the materials.

Right click on a SketchUp material to load the: Allura Material Wizard

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Advanced Material Editor (Plus version)

  • You can now take one of the base Allura materials or a material in your model and fine tune it to the exact color, opacity and many other fine tuning options to get the exact material you want to share with your customers
  • You can save this new material and reuse it in other 3D designs

 

Allura for SketchUp – Powered by NVIDIA Iray® – is a new GPU based renderer which utilizes the power of you NVIDIA video card to create faster renderings.. – is the latest, GPU based rendering engine for SketchUp.

Using your video board GPU lets us achieve amazing rendering speeds, a high quality rendering image  and a satisfying rendering experience.

Allura comes with a 30-day free trial. Anybody can test drive it! Stop reading and go play with it!

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NVIDIA Iray is a physically based 3D renderer which uses the power of your GPU – Graphics Processor to perform the rendering. Iray is physically based in that it relies on computing light paths. Quite simply, most of the pretty settings are automatic: E.g., Indirect illumination, color bleeding, reflections, refractions, soft shadows, blurry reflections, reflective and refractive caustics, volume scattering, etc. You just assign materials, add lights, and click render. All the rest pretty much takes care of itself.

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Image courtesy Nvidia.

Download and Installation

Download Allura

Download a the latest version of Allura from this page: Allura Downloads

After downloading the .ZIP file, click on the file name inside to install Allura.

Start SketchUp

Download SketchUp if you don’t have it yet. (Allura works with both the free, make version of SketchUp and the professional version of SketchUp.)

Start Allura

Select Allura Load from the SketchUp Extensions menu.

Allura offers two rendering modes: Interactive Mode for fast, high quality, rendering of your scene, and Photoreal Mode for even better rendering when you have time to let them fully converge. See: Allura Render Modes
Download a 30-day Trial Version

We would love to have you test Allura and see if it will work for you.

You can Download a full-version for trial here: Download Allura

If you have any problems or other questions, Contact Us – Send an email to Render Plus Support

What is NVIDIA Iray+?

NVIDIA Iray+ is a physically based 3D renderer which uses the power of your GPU – Graphics Processor – to perform the rendering. Iray+ is quickly computes light paths and reflections.

Quite simply, most of the rendering settings are automatic: E.g., Indirect illumination, reflections, refractions, soft shadows, blurry reflections, reflective and refractive caustics, etc.

You just assign material properties in SketchUp by right clicking on the material, and click render. All the rest pretty much takes care of itself.

 

 

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