January 11, 2012, 11:32:44 am
Was doing a 3 Star but something happended overnight so will have to try again, but 3 Star on my system at 720p estimate was for 13hrs v. 2 Star 720p took < 4hrs.
Last week, Ferry mentioned that they would like to reduce render times when you're using IES lights. At the moment, the lights are updated every frame while rendering. Obviously this makes sense if the models/lights are animated, but in most cases, you don't really need to update all the IES lights all the time. So what he might add is a "Dynamic?" tickbox in the Light properties
window for each light, so that you can tell Lumion to update that light every frame (The default setting would be "Dynamic?" = Off). This should make it a lot faster to render scenes with IES lights.
Also, he might change the F8 function in Build mode, so that you'd need to press it manually, eg, Shift + F8 to update all the shadows from the lights once.
P.S. By the way, the problem with white flashes at the beginning of night-time clips has been fixed in the upcoming Build 3.