Exporting 360 spherical renders from Sketchup

Before we get into the options for exporting the spherical renders it is worth noting that you can now export your Sketchup models (as a glTF file using this free plugin) directly into SuperViz to view them in 360 degrees on your smartphone in window or VR mode . You can also invite others to enter the model with you so you can have a collaborative presentation inside your model.

We often get asked how to create 360 renders from 3D design software so these words can be added as a 360 image to a Gallery in SuperViz. There is no single answer to this question. Each software tool has it’s own method. All options involve either purchasing a render plugin or using a built in tool in pro software.

There are two great options that we recommend for rendering equirectangular images:

V-Ray
https://www.chaosgroup.com/vray/sketchup
V-Ray for Sketchup (about $700). It is a very good tool for creating realistic renders from Sketchup. It also lets you export equirectangular 360 renders that are perfect for SuperViz.

Basically, once you have your scene set up with lighting and materials and the camera placed in a central location, you need to change the settings in the camera area to use a spherical camera and set the field of view to 360 degrees. Then change the settings in the output area to the correct aspect ratio of 2.0 to 1.0 and the resolution to 3000 pixels by 1500 pixels.

SU Podium
http://suplugins.com/podium/v2-features-page.php
SU Podium (about $200) is a little less powerful than V-Ray, however it does a great job at exporting equirectangular renders from Sketchup.

Basically, once you have your scene set up with lighting and materials and the camera placed in a central location, you need to change the output settings to Panorama and the resolution to 3000 pixels by 1500 pixels.

What format should you export for best results in SuperViz?

SuperViz uses equirectangular 360 renders. Equirectangular images have a ratio of width:height of 2:1. A good resolution for the best result vs performance is 3000 pixels by 1500 pixels.

Example of an equirectangular image: