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iClone & Indigo make an excellent combination when it comes to rendering your architectural models. By importing any Sketchup model to iClone via 3DXchange, you can make endless modifications to the lighting, materials, and scene setup, and then send your scene to render in Indigo.
In this 2-part tutorial, you'll learn how to prepare and optimize free Sketchup models from 3D Warehouse, and then use some various tools and techniques to create all sorts of unique render results.
This video is Part 1, and covers the optimization and preparation of your newly downloaded model so that it can easily be customized in iClone. This includes grouping props into organized groups, setting pivot points, and merging meshes with identical materials in order to reduce the draw call of your model.
2:00 Excluding Back Faces
5:02 Smoothing Normals
6:04 Quick Export & Render
9:54 Creating Sub-props
14:34 Merge Identical
18:52 Setting Pivot Points