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Hi everybody. Just saw AlphaCentaurus offer his help building 3D models, and thought I could do the same. If you're interested in checking your future theater in 3D, test different color schemes, lighting, seating arrangements, layouts, and so on, perhaps I can help. I’ve been using Sketchup and other 3D software quite extensively for quite a few years, and this experience proved to be invaluable to plan my home theater, so maybe it’s also useful to others.

If it’s a complex project involving riser/columns/other details, and/or requires 3D rendering and lighting I’d need to charge, but if it’s a simple Sketchup model with the basic room’s shape I’d be happy to build it, time permitting. Of course, the more info you can give, the better the final result. Please provide accurate dimensions, and a clear explanation of what you need.
If you already have the 3D model of your room, even better, it's easier to just add lighting and make a few renders.


I’ll post a few examples below.

ddigler's theater, "making of" starting HERE, renders HERE.


Moebius theater, renders HERE, short walk-through anim HERE.


Dizzy49's theater, "making of" starting HERE, renders HERE.


Dizzy49's office, "making of" starting HERE, renders starting HERE.



TheaterFreak360 theater, renders HERE



TheaterFreak360 game room, renders HERE


small subwoofer project HERE

 

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Besides the dimensions, I'd need as much detail as possible regarding the layout and furniture's placement, speakers (also of their type and size), screen format and size, colors, and everything else that is considered important, in a clear explanation. Having 2D drawings would be a nice plus, but I guess not everyone has them.


Actually, thinking about it and how my home-theater project evolved, it’d be nice to know the main doubts (if any) that the person has regarding the room: “I’m trying to find out if a 2.35 screen would look good so near the walls”, or “if a 2nd row of seats is visually pleasing”, or “if this color scheme is pleasant looking”, this way I could focus more in certain points.


My time is limited, so the best method to make this is probably to build a simple model as a start, basically just the walls and main features, and from there through PM or mail I'd change and add details according to the person's feedback.
 

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Long time since my previous post here, kmhvball’s room kept me quite busy, it turned out to be more complex than anticipated with lots of stuff to model, and also many adjustments and changes that we made during this process. Modeling all the lights and the Palliser chairs was probably the hardest part, but in the end I was able to make them very accurate.

Anyway, still some work to do regarding the columns and a few other things, but in any case I’ll leave here a few renders.





 

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There are a few more renders Silva741 did on my thread. He ran a couple of different colors for me which I have posted.

He also did renderings of some patterned fabrics as well, which, helped me eliminate those all together based on how 'busy' they looked to me.

Some other things not shown on my thread which were rendered included, placements of the lights on the fabric panels vs the columns, a few height locations of the Sconces, and a few different locations/ lay outs of the columns.

The biggest help for me was that this process made me really think through my room lay-out, and where things would be... I had to move my door into the AVS closet to achieve the final column design look I wanted. This also helps nail down where I need to run all my electric & speaker wiring, knowing what I want the end product to look like. Some of the early 3d work helped me 'visualize' how I wanted my Riser to work as well.
 

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Yeah this is a really nice service. I really wanted to do this while I was designing my theater. You can instead view my amazing freestyle pencil sketch lol (overhead stick figure drawing for the most part)
 

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That looks really good. What software package do you use?
Just sketchup and an old version of v ray. Well, and Photoshop to treat the floor carpet texture sent by kmhvball, and a few others.

I really need to learn how to render... I wish that's something I could do
It’s not that hard, really. To get good results it’s necessary time, for sure, but it’s worth it. The trick to make it look realistic is modeling ALL the lights, in this case there are many, all different, and from there we can test and adjust everything till it looks right. It's very cool to see the room come to life. I’ve a few renders with different lighting, tomorrow I’ll make an animated gif.

But I think everyone should learn basic modeling, at least. Actually, when I started this room I thought about making a few pics showing the behind the scenes process of modeling and rendering, but forgot about it. I have some images of the 3D modeling portion, but probably it wouldn’t make sense to post only those.
 

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I may be hitting you up later to help with mine. My wife is nervous how things will look and she is VERY visual whereas I am the polar opposite. If the math works out and says we will fit, then damnit, we will fit, even if we have to stack on top of each other! :D
 

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All these replies and no mention of McDonald's and Jack Daniels in the theater? :p
Funny you say that, my 4yr old daughter was on my lap asking what I was going, and I said I was looking at theaters. She said, "Oh daddy I see your theater, and you left your McDonalds in it!" I about fell out of my chair laughing. *I* noticed the JD and chuckled, but didn't want to say anything :D
 

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Here are two more images...




I was debating these patterned images, and seeing them Rendered made me (and in a particular my wife), think they were too busy.

Part of this fabric selection also influenced 'column lay-out'. You'll see columns in the very back corner of the theater in this image, which was somewhat dictated by the 'width' of Fabric Panels and lay-out of the room. The 'solid colors' come in wider widths, so, this let me space the columns differently.
 

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I like the pattern...the top 'zig-zag' one especially. Adds a lot of flair to the room over plain 'ol solid fabric.
I was hoping to get reinforcement that it was too busy... I like the Zig-Zag one too, as it does at least look a little different. Hmmmm... I may need to think about my column lay-out again... although, wiring electric this weekend hopefully, so, will need to decide soon.
 

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I second the zig-zag over the other pattern.

I didn't think I'd the pattern over the solid (I'm a bit OCD and tend to prefer solids), but I like the zig zag over the solid.
 

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Funny you say that, my 4yr old daughter was on my lap asking what I was going, and I said I was looking at theaters. She said, "Oh daddy I see your theater, and you left your McDonalds in it!" I about fell out of my chair laughing. *I* noticed the JD and chuckled, but didn't want to say anything :D
That’s really cool. :D My nephew is also easy to fool when I show him some of my 3D stuff. :)

Regarding the fabric I think the patterns look nice, but personally I side with Kevin’s wife. :)
My preference would probably go to black on black, but I think even the other color schemes look very cool (check animated gif below). But black-black, hmm, I’d love to have that in my theater. SWMBO wouldn’t, though.


 
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