Our favorite scene so far this year was quite a while in the making. As far as we are aware, this is the first time this model has been rendered NATIVELY from WITHIN SKETCHUP! The original scene was created and shared by Alvaro Luna Bautista and Joel Anderson.
It took weeks to convert this model so that it will work quickly and easily in SketchUp. Converting, copying, and deleting component per component, cleaning up all residual model conversion junk, etc. But Twilight Render now processes the architecture in 15s with Twilight. Twilight process models very quickly in comparison to exporters or most plugins for SketchUp (much more quickly when they utilize components properly). An exporter that uses Ruby can take more than 15 minutes just to export this scene when the dinosaur bones are included. With Twilight, the architecture, bones, and all takes about 37s to process the geometry before starting to render. That's 25x faster! Which means you render more, and wait less. Plus, while it renders in the background, you can keep on working adding lights, new textures, and more.
The 2 dinosaur skeletons combined as a standalone .skp file are 3x the size of the architecture alone. The scene currently stands at ~80Mb with textures as shown above. Most renderings of this scene do not incorporate the original ornamentation of the actual building. But as one can take a virtual tour of the Natural History Museum in London online, it's fairly easy to add some little things like the ceiling paintings and ornaments in the arches. You can get more information and see many great renderings of the building in the forum here. You can also read more information about creating a spherical image with Twilight Render and embedding it in your website.
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