Gert-Jan van der Wel

Hey! My name is Gert-Jan van der Wel. I'm 41 years old, Dutch, married and have three little kids. I co-founded Floorplanner and I'm currently transitioning from running the technology dept to the sales dept. In between family and work, I like to ride my road bike whenever I can.

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Fly Through Movies

work - 22 Jun 2019

At Floorplanner, one of our biggest goals over the last few years has been to give users the ability to present real estate and interior design in amazing ways. About a year ago we added the camera to the floorplan, so creators could develop interior images and panoramas. A few months later, we added the multi-camera feature, which made it simpler to create interior renderings from different angles. Additionally, it made it possible to create a “fly-through” - where you could quickly move through a 3D plan, “flying” from camera to camera. Now, we are running a few tests to see if we can render these fly-throughs into captivating movies.

That being said, rendering movies requires a lot of rendering power. Luckily NVIDIA is helping us out. At their GTC event in March of 2018, they announced a new technology called RTX. This technology makes it possible to do ray-tracing on the GPU. A GPU is much faster than a CPU, so it makes that this new hardware can render images much faster. Currently, we use Google’s cloud, which recently offers the latest of NVIDIA’s GPU, called the T4. Now that NVIDIA’s renderer Iray also supports RTX, we will hopefully be able to render images and movies that much quicker.

Now we have to think about how we want to integrate this feature into Floorplanner, and how it will be priced out. With the new version of Floorplanner, we introduced project levels, and each level up offers more rendering capabilities - so, adding this feature to the project levels will probably be ideal. Perhaps we’d offer it in different qualities; SH or HD - maybe even Photorealistic. We have plenty of time to think about it, as it will take some time until we are able to offer the fly-through feature to all users, but I do hope our creators enjoy it!