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Lumion plugin within FormZ using Lumion's Live feature.

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As new options to render within FormZ come along, I have tried quite a few of them. One of them, which I think can be very powerful and convenient, is rendering in Lumion. While the software is expensive, it makes rendering and doing walkthroughs painless. Since it's so fast and intuitive (once you get the hang of it) it's virtually stress free.

To use Lumion now I export my model via Sketchup. Once in Sketchup, using the Live feature, I am able to update my Lumion model by updating parts of my sketchup model. Having the Live feature incorporated straight into FormZ would be great!

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Forgot to mention. Lumion's renderings are almost as good as Vray's, except they take a couple of minutes at most. Even when they are over 7k pixels wide. The advantage of Lumion is its large library of assets. In my case, trees, shrubs, flowers, cars, and people make Lumion very attractive. Files can get large though. I have a model of a five acre project. Complete with three buildings, parking, planting, cars and people. Some of planting has heavy geometry, yet it is still easy to navigate (must have a higher end video card). My project is 1.1 GB.

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Hey Allan,

I haven't tried Lumion, but I have used TwinMotion which is similar, but built on the Unreal engine.  Similar to you, built and textured in FormZ then I exported into Rhino and used the FREE TwinMotion Live Link to create a quick presentation.  The cool thing about TwinMotion was that it translated all my VRay materials, so I didn't have to redo them in Twinmotion.  Enscape is lacking in that area among others.  I'm curious if you have VRAY for Sketchup and can test if Lumion does this as well?  

Lumion was the king of this real time type presentation, but much more affordable options like TwinMotion have me testing those.  Maybe you could download Twinmotion and give us a comparison?

I agree a Live link in FormZ would be amazing too.

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Hi Alan 

We work actually with twinmotion 

It's really a great software with a very dynamic développement and communauty 

I've already ask for a direct link with formz 

Actually we export Ou models in. Fbx

À direct link could be a real p'us 

You can submit this idea 

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New to this thread, I currently model in formZ and render using the Vray plugin. I'm definitely interested in other animation software options as formZ seems to be lacking & not very intuitive (I probably need to just schedule a class for it). But I had a big presentation recently that definitely could've used some animation and I just wasn't able to pull it off due to timing, also not being confident in even attempting it. I did some research and came across Lumion and it simply looks amazing! I'm going to look into twinmotion now as well, but definitely want to keep this thread going. I'm interested in how everyone exports their formZ files with vray materials into these other programs, or if you just have to use the materials in these programs? With image maps, etc. already all done in formZ it would be great if you didn't need to redo everything.

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Timgarner-10,

You don't need to redo everything. Bringing your formZ models to Lumion via sketchup retains the textures. Now, Vray materials are a different matter. Once in Lumion you can tweak the materials as you want, but at least you already objects texture mapped and the materials just need a little tweaking. Also, Lumion comes with it's own library of materials. like glass, wood, metal, etc.

 

Animation is very easy. Just a matter of creating snap shots by moving the camera where you want it. Lumion creates a path based on this. You can edit them after the fact and refine them.

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I'm rendering with Octane for a few years right now and very happy with it. Workflow currently is to export into Cinema 4D where i setup scenes and render via the plugin. A direct connection would be cool, of course. Rhino has it, btw.

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