To keep SketchUp model sizes small and still produce very high-quality renderings, export the heaviest components (trees, cars, etc.) into external .mod.thea files and replace them with simplified ‘proxy’ versions in SketchUp.
There are several ways to create Thea Proxy Models from existing geometry.
SketchUp components can be easily converter to Thea Proxies using the Model tab.
This will bring up the CREATE EXTERNAL MODEL window with display options for the Thea Proxy.
From SketchUp: Create a preview image based on the SketchUp View.
From Thea: Create a preview image using Thea Render. Clicking on the button will start Interactive Rendering.
Detailed Proxy: Enable this to create a reduced mesh for the proxy and control the quality by adjusting the value.
Triangles / Points: Defines the type of the reduced mesh. The amount of triangles or points depends on the Detailed Proxy value defined above.
Save proxy as .mod.skp: Creates a .mod.skp file with the same file as the Thea Model. This file represents the reduced mesh of the proxy and will be displayed in the viewport instead.
Add bounding box: Adds a bounding box to the Thea Proxy model.
Replace the instance: This option will replace only the selected model in the scene.
Replace all instances: This option will replace all the instances of the selected model in the scene.
Finally, click on the Save button and select the location of the Thea Proxy model (.mod.thea).
There are two ways to create Thea Proxies from external files (3ds, obj, fbx, …) using the Thea Content Browser.
Using the IMPORT MODEL button
SUPPORTED FILE FORMATS
The following file formats are supported by Thea for SketchUp: 3ds, obj, dae, fbx, thea.xml
Using Custom Folders
Double click on supported files to generate Thea Proxies with the same name.
You can create or update Proxy Components by right clicking on them in the Thea Content Browser.
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