September 25, 2012, 12:43:29 pm
To answer your question, yes, I have basically used a very large photo and applied it as a texture in Sketchup. The photos were taken by 'Nearmaps' using a plane.
'Nearmaps' also offers some very clever (free) software called 'HyperTiles' which allows you to select large areas of photographic data, then stitches it all together for you in high resolution. No Photoshop required!
You simply import the image into Sketchup and align it (from above) with your Google Earth terrain model. You then 'explode' your image (this creates a projected texture) and apply it to the terrain.
The images always look sharper in Lumion than in Sketchup. Don't ask me why, but I have posted examples below.
And Truls, my clients are always super impressed with anything done in Lumion. They haven't seen the movie yet, just the stills shots.
I hope this helps.