As we have posted before, we like iClone, the 3D creation program that allows avatars to be lip synced and placed in 3d scenes, its perfect for story telling, presentations and pre-visualisation. Indeed we have recently used it in a grant bid, sometimes 3D avatars are better at communicating to an audience than 6 sides of A4 paper.
One of its major benefits of iClone is its integration with the free version of SketchUp - 3d models can be imported and used within iClone with the addition of various realtime lighting and shadow effects. The two tutorials below provide a look at using SketchUp and iClone together for interior design:
Part 2 focuses on lighting and textures:
If you are new to iClone it is well worth downloading the demo and looking through the examples at http://www.reallusion.com/iclone/