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    ArchViz Tutorial - What would you like to see?

    So I am currently in the process of creating a set of tutorials on doing real-time ArchViz for VR. The first part is currently rendering, which is an introduction to modelling, setting up world-space units, and the concepts of box modelling and the importance of 1:1 scale. After this one is finished, I'll be doing a "adding clutter, optimizing, and uvw mapping" part.

    This part (the 2nd in the tutorial set) will include:

    Adding Clutter Assets
    Asset Scaling
    Triangulation
    Tessellation
    LOD Setup
    UVW Mapping
    Physics-based Morph Target / BlendShape animations Animations

    (I may end up splitting this up into 2 parts, depending on what the community is looking for)


    What would you guys like to see in an ArchViz tutorial set?

    So far, I am trying to be as general as possible in explaining the tools, since people use different modelling tools (Blender, 3dsMax, Cinema4D), so I'm trying to explain concepts - at least, in the first couple of parts. The tools that I am currently using, and will be using in the creation of the tutorials, are:

    3dsMax with Greg's Tools
    Allegorithmic's Substance Designer and Substance Painter
    Unreal Engine 4
    Last edited by SaviorNT; 10-25-2014, 11:20 AM.
    WIP: Science Project - A collection of middle school through advanced college level science theory and formula-based functions for use in your own projects
    World Machine to UE4 Export Macro
    WM Folder Generator - Creates a folder that you name with HeightMap, NormalMap, SplatMap, and Tile sub-folders

    #2
    Nice one Savior, I would personally like to see a tut on lighting a scene as well as the above. Good of you to be doing this. Well done.

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      #3
      I think most people coming to UE4 from archviz already have knowledge of basic concepts like UV mapping, box modeling, etc and would probably prefer to model as much of the scene as possible in their preferred 3d application.
      Shaders are also easy to figure out, I've already made a master material to give me the most functionality of vray material (i think it's even better than vray mat heh).

      I'd be more interested in how to add some interactivity to the scene - make a nice popup to replace a piece of furniture, change color or texture of an object (not in editor, but in play mode) as well as correctly setting up reflection captures, working with cameras/cutscenes, instancing a bunch of lights or objects so they can all be adjusted with a single parameter change, optimization for different platforsm (general poly count and texture size guidelines, tips for avoiding slowdowns) etc - stuff that is new if coming from a regular 3d package.

      That's just my 5 cents as someone who's been doing archviz for the last 10 years or so.

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        #4
        I think a "beginners guide" would be nice. A complete process from importing, placing the objects, manage collision, setting up skylight and additional lights, adding materials and render a movie or image up to the integration of an oculus rift headset.

        In addition I like the suggestions from viscorbel. How to add interactivity to the model, opening doors, switching on or off lights, changing models and materials from a menu, day to night sequence, optimizing and publishing scenes for pc/mac/ios/android.

        For sure I would read that
        Tim Bonnke / Owner
        build | Architektur-Visualisierung
        3d Visualization + Interactive Content
        architektur-visualisierung.build

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          #5
          I would like to see a dense vegetation setup to be played back on a DK2. Also seeing a vray3 baking with maya for ue4.5 would be great.
          I currently am working on the two and would love to compare processes.
          Applying PBR materials to vray baked textures, creates amazing demos. Its just tricky, adding the dynamic lights for shadows and vegetation and maintaining a min 75fps.
          I guess its mostly efficiency workflows, that I am interested in most.

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            #6
            Hi all,

            Just an update on the status and "feature requests":

            I am still working out how I want to show off the 2nd part and explain it.. my workflow for part 1 was.. way too long. I have a horrible "On-Air" voice, so I decided to go with a scripted voice and added some enhancements to it to make my voice "normal".. I should probably get a new mic one of these days. For the next part and probably beyond, I am sorry to say, that you may be stuck with horrible voice

            I'll also start up a blog somewhere so that I can list different tools and takeaways in a text format as well.

            Anyways, for part 2:

            Clutter workflow:

            3ds Max
            - Re-iterate importance of scale - using Greg's Tools
            - Optimizing assets
            - Creating LOD's
            - Creating collision model
            - UVW Mapping for texturing and lightmapping
            - Setting up the asset for texturing in Substance Designer + Painter
            - Exporting from 3dsMax

            Part 3: Texturing

            - Working with Substance Designer
            - Using the materials from Designer to texture the asset(s) in Substance Painter

            Part 4 and beyond:

            - Importing assets into UE4
            - Scene setup (lights, reflections)
            - Creating materials
            - Blueprints for VR support and interactivity
            - Putting it all together
            Last edited by SaviorNT; 10-25-2014, 12:26 PM.
            WIP: Science Project - A collection of middle school through advanced college level science theory and formula-based functions for use in your own projects
            World Machine to UE4 Export Macro
            WM Folder Generator - Creates a folder that you name with HeightMap, NormalMap, SplatMap, and Tile sub-folders

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              #7
              And when and where are you going to publish those tuts? can you give any info?
              Thanks

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                #8
                UV and lighting would be great

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                  #9
                  Hi manu3d.

                  Ran into a slight issue with my hardware after installing a new GFX card :\ Gotta get a couple of DVI to HDMI cables, but that shouldn't be long. The first (and most basic) tutorial will be up at some point this weekend. Once that's up, I can start working on part 2, and the more interesting stuff, this weekend.

                  PS: Working on 1 monitor sucks.
                  WIP: Science Project - A collection of middle school through advanced college level science theory and formula-based functions for use in your own projects
                  World Machine to UE4 Export Macro
                  WM Folder Generator - Creates a folder that you name with HeightMap, NormalMap, SplatMap, and Tile sub-folders

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                    #10
                    Thanks for the info, we'll wait for them. Hope you solve your hardware issues asap.
                    Cheers

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                      #11
                      This will be very helpful to see. Can't wait.

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                        #12
                        I really liked the interactivity stuff posted by a user on an ArchViz project, which allows him to switch texure on a mesh, have the object highlighted with an outline ( custom depth if I'm not wrong ) and be able to switch between day time and night time...
                        Something like that related to the interactivity side would be great!
                        Theoretically I know how all this stuff works but I don't have time ( unfortunately ) to create everything in UE4, so a tutorial to save time will be highly appreciated
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                          #13
                          I Would like to see how to export simple animations from Max to UE4
                          how parenting is handled
                          how relationships or bindings between objects are maintained during the export process.

                          regards

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                            #14
                            I myself would appreciate a beginner level approach who is completely new to the ideas of UV/lightmaps. I'm trying to go from Revit>UE4 (which gives many 'uv overlapping errors')
                            I want to be able to insert a scene and create a simple clay material walkthough (so I don't have to worry about fully texturing/material a model which can/will likely get changes through the design process). My goal for the walkthroughs VR.

                            Another thing: is UV/lightmaps necessary if I don't care about dynamic lighting/shadows? Whats the easiest/quickest approach for a decent looking walkthrough?

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                              #15
                              I would like to see tutorials on

                              1. Camera set-up
                              2. Creating quality videos
                              3. Creating high res still shots from a camera (not the perspective view).

                              thanks

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