December 08, 2010, 09:21:06 pm
This is may first test with a Complex Architectural model with complete interior furniture setup and everything. The project is designed in Archicad then imported in Lumion via 3ds Max.
Some test Renders: Render Times (3840*2160 resolution) = 5-6 seconds
Same buildlng model rendered in vray & 3ds Max; Render Time (2880*2160 Resolution) = 25 Minutes
and here is the animation:
There are plenty of positive things about Lumion: Amazing real time engine, easy, intuitive, stable, nice libraries, quality shaders, fast rendering output etc. The most impressive thing to me was the ability to import very high poly models that many softwares (like Twinmotion even with the update!!)have failed to import and handle properly.
During my test, i have encountered a few limitations:
1. The cars in the animation remains nonanimated because it was very frustrating to move the cars one by one (the slow panning also wasn't helping the cause). In the road junction what the cars will doâ€¦just crash with each other in the corner or in the road junctions rather turning to left or right. There should be a path tracking sytem where the cars would follow a path and loop. Another related matter, i didn't try it yet but do i have to animate cars for each movies sequence that i record? That will just ruin the magical experience with Lumion if you decide to do a busy urban animation.
2. A paint brush is a must especially for the small plants and grass. The "alt" + Dragging and "Ctrl" + Select are fine commands, but very irritating when you have to again individually select and reposition every misplaced small plants groups both vertically and horizontally.For a large landscape scene, these commands do a ok job but
is a must when you have designed planter box, designed landscape area with curvilinear shapes etc.
3. May be i am mistaken but it seems the walking character's axis may be rotated. As a result when i create a walk sequence they seem to move to designated direction but looking at other direction. No matter what or how i try, it remains the same in the movie window.
Thank you for an outstanding job though. My best wishes for future development.