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LDD models rendering tutorial
The quick tutorial of how to render .lxf models.
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Okay, here's a simple steps:

1. Download programs that are listed below:
a) Lego Digital Designer (obvious)
b) LDD to POV-Ray converter (Converts .lxf files to .pov files)
    32bit version:
    64bit version:
c) POV-Ray for Windows RC6

2. Install these programs. If it will ask you to reboot - do it.
   P.S. In the end of 'LDD to POV-Ray' it will ask you to install additional EldoS         libraries. This lets the app read db.lif located in your %AppData% without         revealing its contents. Be sure to click “Install”!
 P.P.S. Be sure, that the directory that you've installed all this are read/write'able.

3. Open 'LDD to Pov-Ray' for the first time. It will create folder "LDDIncludes". If not -     do it by yourself.
    "C:\Program Files\LDD Tools\LDD To POV-Ray Converter\LDDIncludes"

4. Open 'POV-Ray RC6', then click on 'Tools' -> 'Edit master POVRAY.INI”.
   You will need to add the following string to the end of the .ini file:

5. Thats it. You are all set up. Now for the real thing.

Make your model in Lego Digital designer and save it. It will be in .lxf format.
Open 'LDD to POV-Ray converter', browse your .lxf file and push 'Convert'.

After converting 'LDD to POV-Ray converter' will ask you to start rendering immediatly. Press 'No' if you want to change some render settings.
!BUT! Do not close 'LDD to POV-Ray converter'. Just minimize the window.

Next, open 'POV-Ray RC6', push 'Open', choose your fresh converted .pov file.

The main settings are the resolution (width and height) and 'Quality'.
The higher the resolution and the quality, the longer it will take to render models.
I prefer 800x600 and Quality=9.
Click 'Run' to start converting.

When its done, you will have something like this.


Anthony Izumi
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Dr. PetrolHead
  December 13, 2014
Same here Hashtag, and on their website, they really aren't clear about whether it works on Mac or not, it just simply says Windows XP as a minimum requirement, but nothing like "This is not compatible with Macintosh computers". Seriously, this is the 21st century! Do people not realize that there is such a thing as a "Mac"?
  October 21, 2014
Hey Anthony, I use a Mac and this isn't supported on Macs, do you know of any way to do this with an Apple computer? Thanks!
  October 7, 2014
Ok, but I have this problem of this unable to generate necessary includes unable to open file File might be in use by LDD Close LDD and retry Could not find File 'C:UnserSierra-505DesktopArmory Arsinaldb.lif can anyone help???
  September 25, 2014
@Rick Charles: Images. @F BR: Try harder, it does work. @Grantas Smith: The bigger and detailed your thing is, the longer it'll take. Trans is a time killer.
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  August 16, 2014
It's working to me. But it takes very long time... Is it normal? And, the renders are pictures or actual creations?
  June 16, 2014
Hello, I need to render a Scene but unfortunately it dosn't work on my computer ( (install problems, permission prob, I did'nt find why !! ) Im wondering if you be so kind to render a scene I've built : I need a 5000x5000 pixel picture with a nice soft lightning ! Ma company could pay for small fee !! any help welcome Thx Emmanuel
  April 2, 2014
I have tried using your tutorial but it still doesn't work. Can you or someone else make a video tutorial. I don't care about the quality as long as I can read and see what your doing. I don't care If you are recording with a phone.
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  March 15, 2014
Hi! This is a really good help for me too. The rendering is running now on my computer.
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  March 15, 2014
Really useful! Thanks!
  January 1, 2014
I give up it does not work and I tried everything. Big waste of time very bad program. I'm using Windows7 64 bits.
  November 15, 2013
HELP!! i tried, but it came up with 'the disk cannot be written to because it is write protected. please remove the write pretection from the volume LDD to POV-Ray Includes in drive Device
  September 13, 2013
Are the renders just images, or actual models?
  September 10, 2013
I don't know why but this didn't work for me. :-( Can you explain more in depth how exactly to do this? I'm not tech savvy so I don't understand tech words. I just want to make lego in ldd and make it look good for presentation.
  September 10, 2013
when i first did the setup it asked for "db.lif location:", which automatically chose. but then it asks for "Output path for includes:" what do i put there?
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  August 29, 2013
Very good tutorial, but where does it save the rendering (picture of the creation)?
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  June 27, 2013
Thank you so very much, i tried this once and i almost snapped because i couldn't figure out what was wrong, thanks to you, it is working. :)
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  February 18, 2013
Very interesting, I've been trying to do this but it won't work, I had to create LDD includes myself and evidently there's nothing in it :/
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  December 26, 2012
Absolutely awesome! As a builder who works heavily in LDD, this totaly rocks my world. You had best believe that I will be going back and redoing a lot of my screenshots. Thanks!
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  December 19, 2012
I've just started to experiment with this software. Here's one of my first attempts, which took over 6 hours to render. I'd like to find some advice on changing the camera angles next. At the moment it's looking like trial and error until I understand the settings!
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  November 6, 2012
This is pretty neat! Going to try this out sometime, just one question. Are all of these programs available for mac?
  November 3, 2012
Another problem: I have done everything, and my file is now ''Mazda Furai.ini'' With what do I need to open it?
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  November 2, 2012
I'm definitly going to try it. But just one question: Does exporting to *.3ds *.blend *.br7 or *.fbx work too? I'm just asking, because it would be nice to import a Lego model to a racing game ;)
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  October 31, 2012
Thanks for pointing me to the LDD to POV Ray converter. I had been using LDView to generate pov files, but I like this method, better. There also appears to be more options with this converter as far as the final look.
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  October 29, 2012
Very helpful. A shame I don't use LDD!
  October 29, 2012
Oh I got it! But I am going to puzzle on tomorrow, I am going to have a sleep :-)
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  October 29, 2012
Quoting Loek Marcus First, thanks for doing this. I only don't get step 4. Because I need to edit it, but if I open Edit Master POVRAY.INI I get a notepad with text. What next?
Thats right, just scroll down the hole text and add Library_Path=".LDDIncludes" on a new line and close the notepad saving the changes.
  October 29, 2012
First, thanks for doing this. I only don't get step 4. Because I need to edit it, but if I open Edit Master POVRAY.INI I get a notepad with text. What next?
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  October 29, 2012
Quoting Alex B Very Useful! I do not have LDD Though... What version of windows are you running?
Sometimes Vista, sometimes 7even. This programs work perfectly on both. But I didnt try to render on XP or W8, so I dont know, how this will work on them.
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  October 29, 2012
Very Useful! I do not have LDD Though... What version of windows are you running?
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