November 12, 2016, 10:55:34 pm
OK. Although it is possible to use Lumion on a Mac (with Bootcamp), Lumion is designed for Windows PC as the preferred platform. Please make sure when looking at PC options that they meet at the very least minimum specifications, preferably recommended or above. We can help with some advice in that area.
Here's some information to guide you:
1. Which computer do you need for Lumion?
2. Which graphics card do you need?
3. Passmark: Videocard Benchmarks
Web site Guide: Hardware for Lumion
Now, back to topic
. Adding real place images for backgrounds is quite easy. You have a few options depending on what camera views you are working with. You can simply add a plane and apply the backdrop image to the plane, use a cut cylinder with your backdrop (you need to map that first in a 3d modelling application), or to block out the whole Lumion clouds and sky you can even add a semi-hemisphere model with it's own backdrop and images. The cylinder technique is usually done by clearing any sky in the image so that Lumion's great sky/clouds can be used, and can be mapped so that the backdrop gives a full 360 surround.
Not a one step process as such, but they are straightforward and easy to incorporate in to workflows, plus the options are more flexible that way.
Note that when you are ready to evaluate Lumion you have two options to test Lumion. Refer our Knowledge Base Article
:Is there a Demo or Trial version of Lumion?
. We recommend the Trial version as it is the current release version. Please ensure that, apart from meeting specifications, Windows and graphics drivers are up to date.