ArchiCAD's Best Features - CineRender

CineRender is a rendering engine developed by Maxon, the company behind Cinema 4D, a 3D modeling, animation, and rendering software. This tool allows ArchiCAD users to create architectural renderings without the need to export their models to a separate rendering tool while maintaining a high quality output.

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Characteristics of CineRender

Physically-Based Rendering (PBR): CineRender employs a physically-based rendering approach, which means it simulates the behavior of light in a physically accurate manner. This results in more realistic lighting, materials, and overall scene appearance.

Texture Mapping: CineRender supports various texture mapping techniques, including UV mapping, cubic mapping, and procedural textures. This enables users to apply detailed textures to objects in their scenes, enhancing realism and visual interest.

Reflections and Refractions: CineRender accurately simulates reflections and refractions of light rays on reflective and transparent surfaces. This adds to the realism of materials such as glass, water, and metal.

Post-processing effects: Just like any software, CineRender also offers post-processing effects to enhance your renderings. They offer bloom, glare, and color corrections. These settings can contribute to the realism of the rendered image. 

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How to use CineRender

Open your ArchiCAD project and prepare your ArchiCAD model. Make sure that your model is complete and ready for rendering. 
Once everything is already set, arrange your model in the desired composition and adjust the camera view to capture the scene you want to render. 
Assign materials to the surfaces of your model. You can define this by using the ‘Attribute Manager’ or the ‘Material Editor’. 
You can then experiment with lighting for your scenes to achieve the desired mood and ambiance. You can adjust its natural lighting, artificial lightings and the overall lighting of your scene. 
Adjust your image resolution, render quality and any other post-processing effects after or you can start your rendering process and adjust the effects right after, whichever works for you. This will launch the CineRender engine.
Review your rendered image after and once you’re satisfied with your rendering, you can Save and Export. 
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By following these steps, you can effectively use CineRender in ArchiCAD to create high-quality renderings for your architectural designs. Experiment with different techniques and settings to achieve the best results for your specific project requirements.

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