To Work with Autodesk® Rendering in Revit

Before You Start

Set up 3D views, lighting, and other parameters in Revit before using Autodesk® Rendering.

3D views
Autodesk® Rendering relies on 3D views created in Revit. You can render any or all 3D views found in your project. The service does not work with 2D views.
Autodesk® Rendering is a highly optimized engine. It is not the same as the rendering engine used in Revit. You may find minor differences in the appearance of materials.
Autodesk® Rendering automatically applies advanced exposure controls to simulate real-world lighting conditions. You can adjust these settings in the Render in Cloud dialog box.

Render from Autodesk Revit 2018.2 and Earlier

Effective July 15th 2022, Render in Cloud from Autodesk Revit 2018.2 and earlier no longer functions. This impacts customers who use Autodesk Cloud Rendering for Revit. After clicking 'Render' in the 'Render in Cloud' dialog, the following message will pop up as uploading failure by saying, 'The rendering service could not complete your request. The file could not be uploaded.'

We recommend that customers transition to later Revit versions (2018.3 and later) or in-product rendering for alternatives. For Revit LT, we recommend that customers use the realistic view or export to FBX for downstream render workflows.

The change does not impact existing render results. Existing render results inRender Gallery are still accessible and can be re-rendered via the 'My Renderings' portal on the page.

Render from Autodesk Revit 2018.3 and Later

  1. Open a 3D view in a Revit project, and click View tabGraphics panelRender in Cloud. If prompted, sign in to your Autodesk account.
  2. Select views, adjust settings, and click Start Rendering.

    Revit creates a version of your project containing just the information necessary to render then transmits it to the rendering service. Revit displays a notification at the top of window when transmission finishes. You can continue to work in Revit or exit the program.

  3. To monitor rendering progress from Revit, click View tabGraphics panelRender Gallery.

Light Analysis for Revit

The Light Analysis Revit (LA/R) plug-in uses the Autodesk® Rendering service to perform very fast and physically accurate daylighting analyses from within Revit. See the Autodesk Building Performance Analysis Help for more information.