June 09, 2011, 09:01:14 pm
You asked what's new in "Lumion Basic" with Service Pack 2...
Well, apart from bug fixes and the new plug-ins, here's a brief list of changes/improvements:
The selection and transform system have received a major overhaul so that it's a lot easier to select and move/rotate/scale objects, even if they're close together.
The water material (which you can apply to your imported objects) now also lets you adjust the foam amount near the edges/shores.
You can also use a colour picker to make the cars any colour you want (Modify object -> Options), and you can turn the 2D billboard people into silhouettes (Modify object -> Options).
The flare from the sun has been improved and there are also new tone mapping options in the Weather section which should help you achieve a more realistic/less-game-like look.
You can now animate some of the movie effects with keyframes which should make it straightforward to make more complex video sequences.
Ferry has also made sure you can load saved camera viewpoints in both the Photo and the Movie sections (CTRL + 1, 2, 3... to save them, and 1, 2, 3... to load them).
After animating objects with the "Move Item" effect, the objects will now move while you edit the camera animation for the clip, so that it's easier to synchronise the movement of the camera with the animated objects.
The ColorGrading effect in the Movie section has also been overhauled, so that it takes the new tonemapping into account.
I'm pretty sure there's stuff I've forgotten to add to this list - we'll see