No doubt it is the time of the GPU in Architectural Visualization. First Twinmotion and now please take a look at LUMION. Developed by ACT-3D, the makers of Quest3D, it is said to be a new & easy tool for architects and their clients to explore their designs. No doubt they follow the footsteps of Ka-Ra as far as their way to present it… and it is a nice way to do it. First preview is about Lumions capability to handle large landscapes. Huge amounts of trees and plants in an dream-like setting. Shows how you can enhance your movies using freely available models combined with the standard Lumion object library.
I am personally very excited by this outbreak of GPU Realtime based solutions. It all depends on the ‘how’ you get to build and edit the scene… so far the ‘looks’ is very good as far as I’m concerned for such a tool. It isn’t any threat to the other render engines as it is now, but rather the right tool for a different set of tasks that did not have a very suitable solution till now – One that looks very good and yet outputs visuals very fast… very very fast.
Fast is crucial for 3d design exploration to be viable. I’ll be very interested to know what you think about this too, so please do comment about it below
Still Screen Captures from Episode 1
Lumion Key Functions
- Reduces both rendering and scene creation to several minutes.
- Import 3D content from Google SketchUp®, Autodesk® products and many other 3D packages.
- Add 3D models and materials from the included Lumion content library.
- Edit 3D scenes in real-time using lightning fast GPU rendering technology.
- Create appealing videos using the built-in video editor.
- Outputs HD MP4 files, stereoscopic videos and print resolution images.
- Allows for live fly-through demonstrations.
Pricing and Availability
Lumion is due for release in November 2010 priced at 749 Euros (Excl. VAT)