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LUMION 9.5 comes with a bunch of new features that make it a valuable 3D Real Time Rendering Software

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On our pages 3D interactive rendering engines have been reviewed many times, but only few of them have massively affirmed their presence on the market thanks their operational stability, usability and compatibility with the most relevant CAD software on the market.

LUMION for sure deserves to be mentioned in the category above for some of his peculiarities that make it easy to use for professionals that are not technically skilled about rendering engines, but only have the need to manage a software that speaks their language, despite the fact that they are architects, interior designers, industrial designers, landscape architects, BIM experts, students or professional visualizers!

Actually LUMION is fully compatible with SketchUp, Bentley Micro Station, Revit, Allplan, Rhinoceros, Archicad, 3D Studio Max, Autocad and Vectorworks, making it easy to integrate into production pipelines, where the huge amount of data to visualize is a common denominator to quite standard productions.


Live Sync

With the new LiveSync in Lumion 9, you can simultaneously model and render, visualizing changes in real-time. Sync camera perspectives and materials while continuing to develop the shape and form of the model, and experience your design in a whole new way as you’re creating it.

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LUMION 9 NEW FEATURES

From adding thousands of trees and texturing buildings to rendering a poster-size, high-resolution image, everything in LUMION enables faster workflows.

Top new features in LUMION 9.5 are:

  • Sky Light 2 and Real Skies (Pro)
  • Customizable 3D Grasses (Pro)
  • Atmospheric Rain and Snow (Pro)
  • Furry materials (Pro)
  • New materials
  • New objects
  • LiveSync for Rhino and Vectorworks
  • Updated OpenStreetMap
  • Lean scene-building workflow
  • Save groups
  • Intuitive object placement
  • Instant object focus
  • Import edges
  • Automatic file recovery

PRICING

LUMION is really impressive for the amount of specs and contents that his libraries support and the main choice to do is between the PRO and the STANDARD version, where there is a meaningful difference in pricing: £2550+VAT for the PRO and £1275+VAT for the STANDARD , but for sure the amount of features included in the PRO give value to “well” spent money!


TECH SPECS

Here a quick comparison table between the two available versions, but much more can be found on the official web site.

 

Overview

Description Lumion Lumion Pro
Description Standard version of Lumion with limited library content and features. Ideal for smaller architecture and design businesses. Professional version of Lumion with all content and features. Ideal for all professional architecture and 3D visualization studios.
Perpetual floating licence A single Lumion licence is yours to keep. You can install it on any number of computers, by any number of people. Simultaneous use (running Lumion on multiple computers at the same time) is only limited by the number of seats you have. A single Lumion licence is yours to keep. You can install it on any number of computers, by any number of people. Simultaneous use (running Lumion on multiple computers at the same time) is only limited by the number of seats you have.
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Import

Description Lumion Lumion Pro
3D model import Collada (.DAE)
SketchUp® (.SKP)
Autodesk® (.FBX)
Autodesk® (.DWG)
Autodesk® (.DXF)
3DS Max® (.MAX)
3DS Max® (.3DS)
Wavefront (.OBJ)
Collada (.DAE)
SketchUp® (.SKP)
Autodesk® (.FBX)
Autodesk® (.DWG)
Autodesk® (.DXF)
3DS Max® (.MAX)
3DS Max® (.3DS)
Wavefront (.OBJ)
Image import TGA
DDS
PSD
JPG
BMP
PNG
TGA
DDS
PSD
JPG
BMP
PNG
Lightmap import: E.g. from AutoDesk®
3D Studio Max
x x
2D background sound/music (WAV)   x
Model and material variation options   x

 

Output

Description Lumion Lumion Pro
Output image formats TGA
DDS
JPG
BMP
PNG
TGA
DDS
JPG
BMP
PNG
Output image resolution 1280×720 (0.9 Megapixel)
1920×1080 (2.1 Megapixel)
3840×2160 (8.4 Megapixel)
7680×4320 (33.2 Megapixel)
1280×720 (0.9 Megapixel)
1920×1080 (2.1 Megapixel)
3840×2160 (8.4 Megapixel)
7680×4320 (33.2 Megapixel)
Output video formats MP4 (AVC codec)
JPG
TGA
BMP
DDS
PNG
MP4 (AVC codec)
JPG
TGA
BMP
DDS
PNG
Output video resolution 640×360 (480p)
1280×720 (720p)
1920×1080 (1080p)
2560×1440 (1440p)
3840×2160 (4K)
640×360 (480p)
1280×720 (720p)
1920×1080 (1080p)
2560×1440 (1440p)
3840×2160 (4K)
Output video frame rates 25/30/60/200 25/30/60/200
Output to image sequence Max 3840 x 2160p Max 3840 x 2160p
Output to MyLumion® 360 Panoramas X X
Output 360 panoramas for the Samsung Gear VR and Oculus Rift X X
Output of Depth Maps, Normal Maps, Lighting Maps, Sky Alpha Maps, Reflection Maps and Material ID Maps X X
Output of sound in MP4 X X
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Content library

Description Lumion Lumion Pro
Object library

  • Plants and trees (affected by wind)
  • Transport models (cars, buses, boats etc)
  • Exterior models (street furniture, buildings etc)
  • Interior models (furniture, decoration etc)
  • Animated 3D people
  • Animated animals (birds, farm animals, pets, fish)
  • Children (not animated)
  • 3D people & animal silhouettes
  • 3D animal silhouettes
  • 2D people silhouettes
1,796 models View library 5,259 models View library
High-quality animated 3D people, some of which are from aXYZ Design   143 characters
3D sound effects

  • Ambient sounds (nature, locations, etc)
  • People
  • Things (Cars, machines, etc)
  123 sound effects
Title effect styles 14 basic styles 27 styles
Text-in-3D-Scene   X
Area/Line lights   X
Material library

  •  50 terrain materials
  •  8 customizable material types (water, glass, billboard, lightmap etc)
  •   Materials favorites
X X
81 PureGlass® stock materials   X
14 customizable 3D grass materials   X
10 furry materials X X
9 leaf stock materials   X
20 water presets X X
Materials 1,017 materials 1,120 materials
HD Materials from Poliigon 252 Poliigon materials 252 Poliigon materials
Environment & weather

  •  2 landscape types
  •  6 water types
  •  Customizable weather (cloud cover, sun position etc)
  •  Ocean with waves slider, turbidity, colour etc
  •  Waterfall material
X
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Effects

Description Lumion Lumion Pro
Movie and photo effects Styles Button, Sky Light 2, 2-Point perspective, Time warp, Sun study, Titles, Cartoon, GlobalIllumination, Smart sharpen, Painting, Depth of field, Lens flare, Watercolor, Sketch, Manga, Handheldcamera, Contrail, Fisheye, Chromatic Aberrations, White Balance, Selective Saturation, Analog color lab, Oil painting, Pastel sketch, Blueprint, Material highlight, Autumn Generator effect, Animate Spotlight, Colors effect, Styrofoam effect, Color correction Styles Button, Sky Light 2, 2-Point perspective, Time warp, Sun study, Titles, Cartoon, GlobalIllumination, Smart sharpen, Painting, Depth of field, Lens flare, Watercolor, Sketch, Manga, Handheldcamera, Contrail, Fisheye, Chromatic Aberrations, White Balance, Selective Saturation, Analog color lab, Oil painting, Pastel sketch, Blueprint, Material highlight, Autumn Generator effect, Animate Spotlight, Colors effect, Styrofoam effect, Color correction
Movie effects Move, Advanced Move, Sky Drop, Mass Move (curved), Motion blur, Fade in/out, Titles, Wind Move, Advanced Move, Sky Drop, Mass Move (curved), Motion blur, Fade in/out, Titles, Wind
Pro only effects   Real Skies, 3d Grass, Atmospheric rain and snow, Fur materials, Outline effect, Soften hard edges, Tilt shift, Variation control, Measuring tools,(including Grid object), Speedray® Reflections
Hyperlight® 2
in Photo and Video as an effect
X X
OmniShadow® X X
Materials
Physically based rendering
X X
Weathering for materials X X
Transparency for materials X X
PureGlass®   X
Foliage for materials   X
Special effects: 104 effects   3 types of falling leaves, 48 types of fountains and “water walls”, 16 types of fire effects, 20 types of smoke effects, 5 types of dust effects, 6 types of fog effects, 6 types of steam effects
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Raffaele Schiavullo
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ADMINISTRATOR - Senior 3D/Virtual Reality Specialist and Automotive HMI developer - Working in London and "insanely" passionate about technology and its creative applications

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