Command: StartEnscape, CloseEnscape, EnscapeExportSettings, EnscapeImportSettings, EnscapeBatchScreenshot, EnscapeLoadVideoPath, EnscapePanorama, EnscapeSaveVideoPath, EnscapeScreenshot, EnscapeSettings, EnscapeStartVideo, EnscapeStopVideo, EnscapeToggleLiveUpdate, EnscapeCreateStandalone
Overview: In BricsCAD BIM, you can use the Enscape plug-in to render realistic images and videos of your 3D model.
Enscape is a real-time rendering plugin for BricsCAD. With a single click, you can start Enscape in seconds and walk through your fully rendered 3D model. There is no need to export to other programs. All changes in BricsCAD are immediately available for display and evaluation in Enscape.
You can quickly explore different materials and design options to present to clients. With the option to create output renders, videos, and panoramas of your project, you can send the output files to your clients or colleagues, which allows for quick demonstrations. You can edit the changes in BricsCAD, and Enscape will immediately show the changes you have made to the project, even in VR.
Enscape System Requirements
The minimum requirements to run Enscape:
- Windows 7 64 Bit or higher
- Intel i5 CPU or higher
- NVIDIA or AMD GPU with 2GB VRAM
Supports OpenGL 4.3
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660/Quadro K2000 and newer
AMD Radeon R9 260/FirePro W5100 and newer
- 4 GB RAM (8 GB recommended)
- 2 GB Video-RAM (4 GB recommended)
For more information about Enscape system requirements, visit https://enscape3d.com/knowledgebase/system-requirements/.
For more information about Enscape specific features, you can visit their knowledge-base on their website.
How to install/uninstall Enscape
Download the Enscape-BricsCAD Connection from the Application Store, see start page BricsCAD V20 that redirects to the correct webpage (https://www.bricsys.com/applications/a/?enscape-for-bricscad-real-time-rendering-a1358-al2367).
The installer copies the necessary files to the ‘Program Files\Bricsys\Enscape’-folder.
Restart BricsCAD V20.
You now have a new tab in the ribbon. Use this to launch Enscape.
Note: The first time you will start the Enscape-plugin, you will be asked to provide a license key. If you don’t have a license key yet, you can start by choosing the trial option.
How to uninstall Enscape
- Uninstall the connector from ‘Add or Remove Programs’ in Windows, by searching on ‘Enscape’ and click ‘Uninstall’.
Navigate your model in Enscape
Click on Start Enscape in the ribbon or type in STARTENSCAPE in the commandline.
Changes made in BricsCAD (e.g. deleted furniture, new material, a new section, etc.) can be seen instantly in Enscape.
Follow the instructions to navigate through your model.
You can switch between Walk mode and Fly mode by pressing the Space bar.
Type H to hide the instructions.
Settings in Enscape
Open the Enscape Settings dialog by clicking Settings in the ribbon or type in ENSCAPESETTINGS in the commandline. When you change the settings, they will be automatically saved for the user, not in the drawing. There is also an option to create and import presets for the Enscape settings.
You can find more information about saving and importing presets in the following link: https://enscape3d.com/community/blog/knowledgebase/settings-presets/
The Enscape Settings consists of 7 tabs:
- General: general Rendering style options, Depth of field and Exposure settings. You can find a more in-depth explanation in the following tutorial link: https://youtu.be/0PqtiBoDxEY
- Image: Contrast and Color settings. You can find a more in-depth explanation in the following tutorial link: https://youtu.be/mbZ7wKBF0zE
- Atmosphere: Horizon/background options, Fog, Clouds and Sky orbs. You can find a more in-depth explanation in the following tutorial link: https://youtu.be/PkcHJeV3lMM
- Input: Mouse navigation settings.
- Advanced: Spectator options. You can find a more in-depth explanation in the following tutorial link: https://youtu.be/bZtQfkCVdP4
- Capture: Image, Video and Panorama options. You can find a more in-depth explanation in the following tutorial link: https://youtu.be/MrY8DuNx3v0
- Customization: Interface options.
Render materials in BricsCAD
In BricsCAD BIM, there are two methods to add render materials to your model.
- Directly apply to render materials (without compositions) to the solids/surfaces in your model, using the Render materials Panel.
- Apply render materials via compositions, using the Compositions Panel.
Note: When Render materials are attached to an entity both applied directly with the Render materials Panel and compositions attached, the composition materials will be shown (when Level of detail = 2).
Thus, if an entity already has a composition and you want to change the render material, don't try to 'overrule' it with the Render materials Panel, but change the composition plies instead.
Render materials with the Render materials Panel
To assign a material to a single entity
Select the material in the Render Materials panel.
Click on the entity or press and hold the left mouse button, then drag the material onto the entity
To assign a material to multiple entities
Select the entities.
Search the material in the Render Materials panel.
Click on the material.
For more information about render materials, click here.
Render materials with Compositions
- Click on Level of detail. The materials of the composition plies will display.
Figure 1: Level of detail = 0 , Figure 2: Level of detail = 2
Open the Composition panel.
For more information about compositions, click here.
Double-click on the composition Cavity Wall, Brick. The Composition dialog will display.
Double-click the material Facing Bricks, Hand-formed to edit the ply material. The window for Physical Materials display.
Click on the material image under tab Appearance>3D to change render material for the ply.
Editing render materials in BricsCAD
To edit all the render materials used in your drawing, type in MATERIALS in the commandline.
Keywords in Enscape
Any time the word ‘Grass’ is used in a material name, grass will be rendered in Enscape. You can use diffuse colors to choose options of green, but also texture maps can be used as well.
Go to the Materials dialog.
Click to Add New Material.
Give the new material a name that includes the name 'Grass', for example, ‘Grass_ground’.
Close the Materials dialog.
Select the solid that you want to render in grass.
Open the Properties Panel
Change the property 3D Visualization>Material from 'ByLayer' to 'Grass_ground'.
Any time the word ‘Water’ is used in a material name, water will be rendered in Enscape. You can also create your own water material by including the word ‘Water’ in the material name and give it a diffuse color in a shade of blue.
Select the solid that you want to render in water.
Open the Render materials Panel and choose the folder named ‘Water’.
Drag and drop material ‘Water Blue Two’ into the drawing.
Saved Views in Enscape
Navigate in the BricsCAD drawing until you get a view that you want to safe.
Note: Make sure your viewing style is in Perspective to have a more accurate saved view in Enscape. You can check this in the Properties Panel>View>Perspective>ON. And close the Properties Panel afterward.
Click on Create View in the ribbon.
You are prompted: View [? to list/Delete/Orthographic/Restore/Save/Window]:
Type S en press Enter to save the view.
You are prompted: Save view as:
Name the view and press Enter to confirm.
You can delete or adjust existing views by clicking View in the ribbon or type in VIEW in the commandline.
In the Enscape window: On the right-hand side of the window, you can find all the saved views in the drawing.
Click on the view wanted to switch between views.
Render images with Enscape
Navigate through the Enscape window.
Or you can choose a Saved View on the right side of the Enscape window, click a saved. The saved view will display.
Go back to BricsCAD and select Render Image in the ribbon to render the current view or type in ENSCAPESCREENSHOT in the commandline.
Select Batch Rendering in the ribbon, or type in ENSCAPEBATCHSCREENSHOT in the commandline, to render all the saved views to a folder.
Specify a destination file to save the rendered image and click Save.
The rendered image is now created.
Render a video with Enscape
Click on Start Enscape in the ribbon or type in STARTENSCAPE in the commandline.
In the Enscape window: type K to open the video editor.
Click Add Keyframe (2) to add the first keyframe.
Click on the triangle to open the keyframe settings (3).
Change the parameters as required.
Click Apply (4).
Click Insert (5) to add a second keyframe.
Change the time of day to 7 pm (6) and the timestamp to 8 seconds (7).
Click Confirm (8).
Click Back (9).
Note: Before you click Leave to exit the Video Editor, your video path will not be automatically saved. So. Before you exit your Video Editor, you should save your video path using the command EnscapeSaveVideoPath.
Go back to BricsCAD and click on Render Video (10). Specify a destination file and click Save (11). The video is now rendered and saved.
Export a standalone .exe
The Executable export function provides the same experience and quality that Enscape does, but does not require Enscape and BricsCAD to run.
- Click Export Standalone in the ribbon or type in ENSCAPECREATESTANDALONE in the commandline.
- A new dialog will pop up asking you where to save your standalone file. Choose your destination file, name your standalone and click Save.