Getting started with SU Podium

This sequence of videos is meant to provide a comprehensive introduction to rendering with SU Podium for SketchUp. The learning track was created with beginners in mind and is the intended starting point for anyone installing SU Podium for the first time.

Beginning users are recommended to watch in the order presented below, though videos numbered 8 and 9 could be considered supplemental.

Introduction and setup
1. Toolbar overview

7 min 59 sec

Basic render settings
2. Basic render setup

11 min 13 sec

Intensity and exposure
3. Intensity/Exposure

5 min 11 sec

Physical sky options
4. Sky options

4 min 58 sec

Material Properties
5. HDRI Lighting

11 min 49 sec

Material Properties
6. Material Properties

25 min 35 sec

Artificial Lights
7. Artificial lights

13 min 13 sec

Podium LEM examples
8. LEM examples

10 min 29 sec

Managing artificial lights
9. Managing artificial lights

9 min 41 sec

Podium preset selection
10. Preset selection

19 min 34 sec

  Quick Tips

Shorter, stand-alone videos that present useful tips to improve efficiency or solve specific rendering challenges.

Sun direction tutorial
Change sun direction with Solar North

4 min 52 sec

Depth of field tutorial
Depth of field post-processing tutorial

13 min 30 sec

Importing images tutorial
Why don't some images show in renders?

4 min 56 sec

  Full project demonstrations

The videos in this section are detailed project breakdowns where we take an existing SketchUp model and prepare it for rendering with Podium. These are structured less like an introductory lecture, and more like a practical demonstration for someone who already understands the basics.

Bathroom visualization tutorial
Bathroom visualization with ProWalker

1hr 39min (timestamped)


We are working on filling out this section with some quick solutions to common problems. Your first troubleshooting step should always be the Analyze tool mentioned below. Visit the support page for additional troubleshooting links, or to upload a problematic model for support to look at.

Introduction and setup
Analyse Model tool (gear icon)

6 min 26 sec

Introduction and setup
Exporting mat slow or crashes

9 min 03 sec

 Additional videos can be found here.

Related pages and articles:

SU Podium written tutorials

Tutorials Page - Written Podium tutorials and other documentation.

SU Podium video tutorials

Additional videos - Videos that aren't part of the getting started series.

Upgrade to SU Podium V2.6

Upgrading to V2.6 - What's new in V2.6? Download the update here.

Exterior residential render

Intro to Rendering - A written introduction to Podium rendering, with step by step images.

Podium troubleshooting thumbnail

Support hub - Click here if you are having trouble getting started