6 Details Needed To Successfully Outsource Your 3D Rendering Projects

6 Details Needed To Successfully Outsource Your 3D Rendering Projects

Architects, interior designers, and real estate developers often outsource their 3D visualization and rendering workload to 3D visualization studios. It is the safest way to get high-quality, exceptional 3D visuals for presentations and marketing purposes within a short time and at a low costs. 

At the onset of the outsourcing process, the cgi visualization studio will typically require a set of details about the project in order to determine the costs,  the time needed, give the 3D specialists a basis for the visualization process, and to ensure a smooth collaboration with you. 

Such details may include 2D plans, or visuals from the actual projects. They may also include materials from your previous projects which you would want to include in the current outsourced project. Whether they are from previous projects or just unique requirements for your current project, the details help ensure a smooth collaboration with the team from the rendering studio and may even help you lower the costs of the services you are set to get. 

Different architectural visualization companies or rendering studios may ask for different details depending on how they conduct their rendering and visualization processes, but certain details are common and are required by each rendering studio before they give their 3D specialists a go-ahead. 

So what are the 6 details you need to submit to your selected visualization studio?

      1. Your project’s timeline 

Typically, 3D artists have a  given time frame for completing certain tasks. In a case where your tasks are urgent, such time frames may not work for you and you will need to communicate this to your contact person at the company, who in most cases is the project manager. 

However, time has a major impact on the details included in your final 3D visuals. If you want a task that a 3D artist does in 48hrs to be done in 10hrs, you will still get outstanding and high-quality visuals, but the 3D artists will pay attention to the main details and the minor details may be left out. 

Sometimes you may have a lot of time for a project, it is also wise to inform your project manager so that the 3D artists can have ample time to fine-tune your visuals, pay attention to details, revise, and give you the absolute best visuals. 

3D visualization studios also consider your timeline when determining the cost for your task. For example, an urgent task with similar requirements and specifications to a flexible task will incur more costs than the flexible task. 

Time is imperative in 3D rendering and visualization process. You should analyze your project before hand and determine the amount of time you can give the 3D visualization company for the rendering tasks and inform them at the onset.

      2. Your preferred exterior atmosphere, season, and day time

To ensure you get the best rendering services as per the requirements of your project, when doing initial plans with the project manager, inform them of your preferred day time for your visuals. For example, you may select night time. Equally, inform them of your preferred climate season of the year and the weather pattern. For example, you may select a sunny summer day. 

Such details will have a significant influence on the external mood and atmosphere of your visuals. To ensure more clarity, you can submit an image depiction of your chosen exterior atmosphere, season, and day time or request the project manager to give you images depicting different day times and seasons to chose from.

      3. Your preferred interior atmosphere and lighting 

You also need to inform the project manager the preferred mood of the interior space and lighting. For lighting you can specify whether you need natural or artificial light, and the light fixtures you would like. For example, you can chose a relaxed atmosphere with natural lighting streaming in from the windows and minimal artificial light fixtures. This will depend on the purpose of the space.  

Like with the exterior, to ease the process, you can submit a clear, visual depiction of the atmosphere and lighting you want in the interior, or ask the project manager to give you a range of interior atmospheres and lighting to chose from. If this presents a hurdle, you can inform the 3D artists to make the choice for you and they will select the most suitable lighting pattern for your project. 

      4. The required texture and material 

You can decide to let the 3D artist select the texture and material of your visuals but you can also do it yourself, especially if your required texture and material is unique. In a case where you chose to do the selection yourself, inform the project manager of your chosen material, the colour, and other properties at the beginning. 

Explaining to project managers and 3D artists about your chosen texture and material can be difficult due to differing perceptions, interpretations, and  materials in the industry. To make it easy for both of you, it is better to provide clear images of your chosen material and texture, taken from different angles. 

      5. The drawings and models of the project 

2D models and drawings of the actual project create a good basis for the 3D visualization of a project. While submitting other significant details about the project, you should put together all the 2D plans of the interior and exterior and submit them to the project manager. Such plans include measurements, elevations, layout, and scales. 

As an architect, interior designer, or real estate developer, you may also have  models for other elements such as furniture, which you would want to be included in your visuals. You should submit these models together with the other models of the structure. Such models are usually modeled or remodeled into your visuals and improved into realistic 3D visuals. 

      6. The requirements of previous projects you would like to apply to the new project

If you have worked with a visualization studio before on one or more projects, you may want to use the requirements of the previous tasks they have handled for you in your new project. Ensure you mention this to the project manager, and clearly indicate the name of the previous project or projects. Such requirements may be such as the material type, the texture, or the lighting. 

You are also allowed to request to work with the same team that handled your project or get a different one, all these information should be communicated to the project manager in advance to ensure a smooth working process between you and the visualization studio. 

Now that you have understood the main details you need to submit to a visualization studio, if you want to ease your relationship with the team you outsource your rendering workload to and make the best out of the agreement, it is wise to gather these things in advance and submit them to the visualization studio at the initial stage of your collaboration. 

Remember, when submitting visuals for objects to be used in the 3D visuals such as furniture or lighting fixtures, it is highly imperative to clearly indicate the specific item to be used since the visuals may have different items. It is also imperative to ensure that the visuals are clear, and are not contradicting with the requirements you submitted about the task. This will help you avoid revisions mid project which may delay your work or present extra costs. 

Even if you do not have all the requirements stated, you can still outsource your 3D rendering tasks, but inform your project manager in advance so that you can get a flexible working strategy where you can submit the materials required mid project after each specified step. 

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