What Do All Those Settings Do?

 In Phil Read - Read|Thomas

Enscape (www.enscape3d.com) has lots of settings that are probably very familiar to someone that uses a prosumer /DSLR camera and Photoshop. But for everyone else it may be kind of confusing (at first).

Here’s a link to a series of slides in PDF format that presents some important best practices for using Enscape™ with Revit as well step by step illustrations for all of the settings you’ll encounter with Enscape.

When it comes to improving performance in Enscape, it’s a good idea to keep the following in mind:

  • Hardware: Using a faster SSD will decrease start times. Enscape is GPU-bound, so you’ll want to invest in a faster GPU, e.g. an NVIDIA GTX 980 for a free-flowing experience – particularly for full screen walkthroughs.
  • Project Size: It’s not just about project size, it has more to do with the amount of detail (e.g. pipes, cables, furniture, etc.) in the Enscape window. Hiding elements in your project, especially those things which are small yet highly detailed can really help. Or better yet, setting the view to Coarse or Medium (vs. Fine) will also help when displaying the overall project.
  • Enscape Window: You can speed up your rendering speed simply by dragging the corner of the Enscape window to make it smaller. This reduces the amount of rendered pixels, increasing rendering speed. While full screen may work great for high-end workstations, keep the window about the size of the Revit project window on laptops. Overall, reducing the screen resolution will help increase performance during presentations.
  • Section Box: Use the Selection Box / Section Box to quickly select and isolate a cross section of your project. Did you know if you export a standalone EXE while the Section Box is active in, only that part of your project will export? This is really great for helping someone focus on a particular part of the project (and keeps the file size down).
  • Keep It Fresh: Use the newest version of Enscape! The Enscape team is continuously working on improving the loading time and performance.

Other than being resized, none of the images in this guide were manipulated in post-production. 100% Revit and 100% Enscape.


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