Converting to Lumion – MMF House Revisited

Converting to Lumion the MMF House to Lumion was among the most engaging articles this year and the starting point for my Lumion review “Visualize at the Speed of Mind” that was published yesterday. I decided to freshen things up a bit here, add some new images like the pool shot you see as the header, and link it to a Talk thread so the discussion can keep on going. Reading this can help set the stage for the review I made.

I Lumion 8.0 (and in this case 8.3) for a good spin. First, using one of the example scenes it comes bundled with and then with the MMF House project we completed at The Craft the usual way with Corona Renderer.

This article is more of a log of converting to lumion procees of the MMf House during a work week after hours. Overall time spent on this was probably two working days. I’ll just show the images, without diving into the actual Lumion UI. I’m getting in-depth about it in my “Visualize at the Speed of Mind” – Lumion Review.

Revisiting Farnsworth House

The Farnsworth House is the first image shown on the Lumion website and it also comes bundled with Lumion 8. My aim was to dive in straight away and see what I can get out of the box.

Say hello to the first frame…

This was done using the Realistic Style preset. Far better than the output in previous versions I tested, but not there yet. I took this image to Photoshop for some adjustments and got this one below.

With that in mind and sight, I went back to adjust the preset so I get something similar.

Much better! While it is still hard to gauge the final look based on what you see in the viewport, the speed of render compensates for it, and I could get the settings I wanted and save it for reuse.

Here are a few more shots from this scene.

For that one on the right, I was not happy about the background look & feel as well as how the trees looked. I focused on the tree line and played with the sky, clouds and fog settings to get this image below.

After locking this in, I went back to the house and saved this frame and then did some post-production on it too!

The Raw Output :

And after Post-Production :

And as usual… a black and white version!

This is a crop I like!

Converting to Lumion – The MMF House Gets new Treatment!

The MMF House is a project we finished at The Craft – Architectural Visualization Studio using Corona Renderer and all the usual things. A one-story private house with a large garden and pool, ideal for a spin with Lumion. Below is one image from the original set.

First thing was to get the MMF House into an FBX file. Clean model. Just the architecture. The furniture was saved separately to be imported alongside the house. I skipped the vegetation completely as this was going to be done inside Lumion.

Below is a quick check render!

Converting to Lumion Step 1 - Import the FBX export into Lumion

And then with furniture added. NO MATERIALS! I did not address that issue yet.

Converting to Lumion Step 2 is adding the Furniture as a 2nd import to Lumion

Dropping some trees and fog and I got this…

Jumping a bit further (minutes further), and this is the result of gardening.

At this point, I started to explore the water material so I can get a bluish clear pool and also adjust the overall lighting and color.

From this point on I just kept exploring view and fine tune the settings of the rendering so things look better in my eyes. Most of you have seen the following images on the Blog’s Facebook Group.

RAW Lumion Renders

Very good results I think, straight out of Lumion.

Lumion Animation

And you can animate that too!

Here is a more complete animation I did a bit later, as I learn about how to set this up.

Doing Postwork on Lumion Output

And for the stills, I just had to do some post to get them up to par and style.

Here is the HERO image which I did a bit later with some changes… CLAY, RAW and Postwork versions.

MMF House Lumion Clay

MMF House Clay


MMF House Lumion Output + Postwrok

MMF House Lumion Output + Postwork

What do I think about Converting to Lumion?

One thing I’m 100% sure about – I had lots of FUN doing this test 😉

For all else, you should jump to my in-depth Lumion Review – Visualize at the Speed of Mind, in it, I took my initial conclusion from the MMF House exercise to much bigger scope.

What do you think?

Let me know in the comments section, ok?

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27 replies
  1. Abu Haitham
    Abu Haitham says:

    he takes lumion shots that does focus on vegetation rather than the villa and glass doors
    wich make the difference between the ordinary render and lumion

  2. Rasmus Møller
    Rasmus Møller says:

    Super interesting! And nice results. Some images are very grainy – is it possible to have clean renders?

    • ronenbekerman
      ronenbekerman says:

      Sure! The grainy ones are like that due to me loving to add grain in post. See the RAW images in the post for how clean they come out.

  3. Nawras Ryhan
    Nawras Ryhan says:

    That’s interesting …Thanks for sharing !
    What was the average time for rendering and what is your rig ?

  4. Jose Manuel Martin Amate
    Jose Manuel Martin Amate says:

    Lumion is definetly becoming something… Did you use the pro or the regular version?

  5. JayMike
    JayMike says:

    I love Lumion. Its ease of use and intuitive IU and functionality makes this some accessible for people who render efficiently and quickly. Hands down the greatest tool I’ve ever used.

  6. Paulo Beck
    Paulo Beck says:

    Ronen when are you going back to actually share something? or are you always going to just sell softs and plugins? I really miss it when it does not matter just to advertise

    • ronenbekerman
      ronenbekerman says:

      Funny you mention this in a post about me sharing revisiting Lumion after a long time not touching it and how it might be something you all should look at. I have nothing going on with the Lumion company, other than becoming their client recently as we started to use Lumion in the studio.

  7. Ekaterina
    Ekaterina says:

    That’s incredible! Your work is always stunning.
    Can you tell – did
    you set up everything in lumion or is it at all possible to match specific
    camera locations/fov from max to lumion and back so background can be swapped to photographs of specific places in postproduction?

    • ronenbekerman
      ronenbekerman says:

      I don’t see how you can sync cameras from 3dsmax to Lumion. I would assume that once you import the model, all is done in Lumion. You can refresh the model as you update it while keeping materials assignments (it is material name based).

  8. Dēmo Sthénēs
    Dēmo Sthénēs says:

    Excellent work in Lumion! Never seen anything like it before and your post processing is phenomenal. How can I get my hands on your photoshop files? Do you sell them as reference?

    • ronenbekerman
      ronenbekerman says:

      Thanks @@dmosthns:disqus

      No 😉 Not yet anyway. I am still learning and exploring how I can push Lumion to output images and videos the way I like them to be.

  9. Iman Ashar
    Iman Ashar says:

    Hi Ronen, What an excellent work !
    From what I knew, that Lumion “true” reflection could only be applied up to 10 planar surfaces.
    It will be a bit challenging to have this “true” reflection on the building with a curve glass facade, since the curve glass will become segmented in Lumion. And we know that the speedray reflection option will not give you the same reflection depth and realism to the reflective surface. Sure we could done something with PS, but I think this will become some limitation if we’re doing the animation.

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