Make Realistic Cities in Blender Under 10 Minutes



Make Realistic Cities in Blender Under 10 Minutes

We will learn to export real maps from Google Earth into our Blender scene

Step 1: Install RenderDoc

Use this link to Download it: https://renderdoc.org

 

Step 2: Google Chrome

This trick only works with Google chrome so make sure it’s installed then follow these steps:

  • Create a copy
  • Go to Properties and change the Target to the following command

C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe /c “SET RENDERDOC_HOOK_EGL=0 && START “” ^”C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe^” –disable-gpu-sandbox –gpu-startup-dialog”

 

 

Then go ahead and run the new copy of Google Chrome. You will get a popup window with a code “Gpu starting with pid: 11440”

Remember this code, we will use it later

Step 3: Use RenderDoc

Now it’s time to play with RenderDoc, so run it, go to ‘File’ and choose ‘Inject into Process’

Then write the code we were given by Google Chrome here and double click on ‘chrome.exe’

Now the connection is established

Alright, now let’s jump into Google Earth and pick the map portion you want to import

Make sure it supports 3D, most 1st world countries do

 

 

Then go back to RenderDoc and press ‘Capture Frame Immediately’ to capture the map

For me personally I prefer to use ‘Triger after Delay’ just to give me some time (5 seconds works best)

  • Next wiggle a little bit your mouse ‘I know it seems weird but I found it in the documentation’

Once the countdown finishes, the map will be captured. And this is the result

 

 

 

We’re almost done, Now we need to export our map. So go to “File” -> “Save Capture As”. The map will be saved as ‘.rdc’ format

 

Our last step is to import it into Blender, but first we have to download and install the add-on that will allow us to do it. It’s called ‘MapsModelsImporter’

Btw, I want to give a shoutout to ‘elimichel’ for making this awesome plugin

Download Blender Addon ‘MapsModelsImporter’: https://github.com/eliemichel/MapsModelsImporter

To install addons in Blender, go to Edit -> Preferences -> Add-ons -> Install (Make sure to keep the add-on as ‘ZIP’ file otherwise it won’t gonna work)

Now if you go to File -> Import. You will find a new format that we can import into Blender, it’s called ”Google Maps Capture (.rdc)”

Go ahead and import the map we made with RenderDoc

 

Congratulations, you built your own city



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