Lumion

Beautiful renders within reach

Top architecture firms use Lumion

Last year 72 of the top 100 architecture firms worldwide are using Lumion, today this is closer to 100%. Lumion is the best tool you can have to communicate town planning, city-scapes, architecture and landscapes.

“Rendering used to be reserved for a few specialist jobs and making animations was completely unrealistic. Lumion changes all that.” Mike Bell, Bellamy’s Ltd.
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Its no wonder Lumion is so successful, it produces amasing results in very little time and has a very short learning curve. Lumion’s methods are both unique and intuitive.

With Lumion you are immersed in an environment that allows you to play with texture, form, colour and light all within a navigable 3D space, and you do it all live, in realtime!…

Then when you’re ready you can capture still scenes from in and around you model for high definition high clarity photorealistic or artistic rendering.

The bottom line of using Lumion in your business is that you sell more ideas more convincingly to your clients every time, whilst staying in complete control of the process.

Easy as playing a game

Lumion® uses the latest in games technology to produce realistic, live 3D presentations based on your architectural models and landscape designs. Import from your favourite BIM / CAD software and build a malleable environment in a virtual world in which you are the master.

“We are really happy we found Lumion because it helps us realize our vision by bringing projects to life.” Michael Bryant, Bryant Design Studios
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Lumion’s approach is all about simplicity, speed and user experience. So whilst your end result is serious and professional, the way to get there is easy and fun.

Bring in your CAD created building or city-scape model then ‘massage’ the environment with trees, people, water, land-forms, and any number of entourage elements, textures, environments, animations, atmospheres and even sound.

3D presentation like never before

Take your clients for a journey in, through and around your model in 360 degrees. Show them on your screen, their mobile device or publish a movie to YouTube®. Even render high resolution stills of your model in photo-realistic or artistic brilliance.

“Lumion is remarkably easy to learn and use. Sometimes software can be frustrating but not with Lumion!”, Erik Varvel, Modeller, Clart Patterson Lee
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Whether you model in SketchUp, Revit, 3ds Max, Rhino or many others, Lumion instantly breathes life into your designs with realistic trees, stylish effects, and thousands of objects and materials from our content library. No training required, and after just 15 minutes, you can learn to create jaw-dropping images, videos and 360 panoramas with lightning-fast speeds.

Some unique features we think you’ll love…

Content rich

A huge and ever expanding library of content exists to embellish your worlds with animated people, trees, cars, animals, and more. Landscape professionals will love the street furniture and materials content and ability to import from vast external libraries.

Do it yourself

Lumion enables anyone to create movies and images without any prior training. It’s a functional tool to make beautiful 3D rendering yourself. You don’t need to outsource visualizations any longer. This saves you time and money. All you need is a 3D model and Lumion will take care of the rest. With Lumion you get years of experience of computer graphics experts presented in a way that’s easy to access. Lumion is compatible with all 3D design software programs.

Very fast result

With Lumion you can edit your work in real-time. Everything is designed to save you time. This means you can set up a visualisation in just a few minutes and make fast alterations as you go. End results are rendered using GPU rendering technology. This ensures that your movies render in a fraction of the time required by other solutions. With the 3D rendering speed of Lumion you don’t need a render farm… But you do need a capable machine. Be sure to meet or better the system requirements for your hardware to get the best results.

Seeing is believing

Lumion® not only lets you see your designs in 360-degree motion it also provides the sort of visual clues that draw you in to the design itself – from the light flickering on the water to the leaves blowing in the wind and falling on the ground!

LiveSync

Model your design in a beautiful environment that’s so realistic, it’s like you’re pushing and pulling real-life buildings into shape.

Lumion® 8.5 is for architects who want a better way to work in SketchUp®, Revit® or ArchiCAD®. With LiveSync, you can immediately set up a live, real-time visualization of your SketchUp®, Revit® or ArchiCAD® model. Change the CAD model’s shape and you’ll see these changes taking place, in real-time, in Lumion’s breathtaking, lifelike environment. Coming soon too is ARCHLinesXP® integration.

Play with others

Lumion® supports ArchiCAD®, Revit®, ARCHLineXP®, SketchUp®, LANDWorksCAD®, RealCAD®, IronCAD®, AutoCAD®, Vectorworks® and file formats such as DAE, FBX, SKP and DWG and more. As changes are made to your model in some CAD software such as Revit®, SketchUp® and ArchiCAD®, the model dynamically updates in Lumion®. Now that’s a huge time saver too.

Big library

To create wonderful visuals you need beautiful skies, water, grass, materials, plants, people, trees and many other objects. Lumion includes a huge content library with tools, materials and artistic effects. Everything is perfectly integrated so you can immediately add trees, people and other content to breathe life, lighting and atmosphere into your visualizations.

Big spaces

A lot of software struggles with large models or large areas. The unique technology of Lumion makes it very suitable for things like landscape and cityscape visualization. Effortlessly, you can edit large areas and add literally tens of thousands of trees, plants or buildings. We get a lot of feedback from our users that Lumion currently is the only software in the world which allows you to effortlessly edit and render such large areas. We’ve even had examples of a whole towns visualized in Lumion!

Big Creativity

Traditionally visualization comes with many restrictions. Rendering takes a long time and software is almost always complex. Lumion completely turns this upside down by providing tools anybody can use. No training in graphics is required. Editing and rendering are almost instantaneous and this opens doors to new ways for your business to use the possibilities that visualization offers. For example, you can customize a video in real-time on the spot or you can add sketch effects to your visualization instantaneously with a click of your mouse, which immediately furnishes your work with a conceptual and artistic feel.

Frequently Asked Questions

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What's the difference between Standard and Pro?

Description Lumion (standard) Lumion Pro
Floating licenses
Real Skies
Real Skies at night
Fine-detail Nature
Aurora Borealis
Photo Matching
OpenStreetMaps (and height maps)
Customizable 3D Grasses
Atmospheric rain and snow
Furry materials
Hand-drawn outline effect
Soften hard edges
Tilt Shift
Model and material
variation options
Measuring tool and grid object
Speedray™ Reflections
PureGlass®
Foliage for materials
OpenStreetMap import
Area lights and line lights
Model library 1,798 models
View library
5,488 models
View library
Animated 3D people and animals, some from AXYZ Design 108 characters 345 characters
Ambient sound effects 123 Sound Effects
In-scene 3D Text effect
Advanced 3D Title effects Limited  27 Title effects
12 built-in fonts
Support for custom fonts
Merge project files
(for projects with multiple users)
Output to real-time
fly-through via Lumion Viewer
Main movie Sound effect
Sound output in MP4

Will Lumion run on my machine?

Lumion requires a Windows PC with a fast NVIDIA or AMD graphics card with at least 2GB memory. If your PC has a slow graphics card with less memory, or, if it only has an Intel HD graphics card, then your PC is unsuitable for Lumion. The result will be graphics errors and driver crashes if you try to use Lumion.

To be certain you are getting the right machine you can purchase Lumion-ready Laptops directly from us or check with us first if you are thinking of buying a desktop elsewhere to confirm it meets the minimum specifications.

Click here to see if you can run Lumion on your current machine.

Which Graphics card do I need?

Click here to find out about our Lumion-Ready Power Laptops with the latest Graphics and CPU’s

Click here to find out which graphics card your PC has.

Click here to see how fast your graphics card is compared to other graphics cards.

Minimum graphics card requirements

  • DirectX 11 compatible.
  • Minimum 2,000 PassMark points.
  • Minimum 2GB dedicated graphics card memory.

Please click here for more information about graphics cards.

Click here for Lumion-Ready Power Laptops with the latest Graphics and CPU’s

What license options are available?

Lumion is available as a lifetime license that will continue to run for as long as your PC and operating system will support it.

You can install it on more than one computer in your organisation and use it on any of those machines, but not at the same time.

You can add more ‘seats’ to your initial license to allow you run multiple sessions at the same time. For example if you have 4 seats you can install on 10 machines but run on 4 machines at the same time.

You need to be connected to the internet in order to run the software as it checks your license when you start the software and releases the license when you close the software.

Does Lumion support remote desktop access?

No, Lumion does not support ‘remote desktop’ access, for example via Windows Remote Desktop, WMWare Fusion, VMWare VDI, Citrix/ZenApp, Teamviewer, Nvidia GRID, XenServer, XenDesktop etc.

There are currently no plans to add support for any of these applications.

Some ‘remote desktop’ applications such as TeamViewer might let you start the rendering procedure but navigating around scenes and moving objects etc won’t work as expected. Other ‘remote desktop’ applications such as Citrix and VMWare products will have trouble running Lumion.

Does Lumion work with my CAD software?

Lumion supports almost all BIM CAD modelling software such as ARCHLine.XP, Rhino3D, SketchUp, ArchiCAD, Revit, Vectorworks, BricsCAD, IronCAD, AutoCAD Architecture and many more. If you’re unsure, download the trial and check it out for yourself or ask us and we’ll check your model files for you.

Why buy from us in Australia?

We’re the official distributor of Lumion so when you purchase directly through us in Australia on this web site you get local support and your license provided in your local time zone. You also get a price guarantee that ensures you always pay less than if you were to purchase from our partners overseas. Including upgrades.

Only when you purchase here can you claim back the GST. If you buy from our Lumion partners in Europe you’ll be charged the extra 10% tax at the checkout but the ATO will not let you claim it back.

In simple terms, buying from us in Australia is between 13% – 20% less expensive and your money stays here.

BTW, if you’re looking for a new computer to run your graphics-intensive Lumion software, we supply the best Lumion-Ready Laptops on the planet.

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System Requirements

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Lumion requires a computer with a fast graphics card with plenty of memory. Make sure you look at the requirements below before you buy or upgrade a computer for Lumion.

In this blog post we recommend some desktop and laptop computers that will guarantee a great Lumion experience.

If you already have a laptop computer, please click here to see if it is suitable for Lumion.

NOTELumion and Lumion Pro require an internet connection.

Recommended System Requirements

  • Graphics card: Minimum 8,000 PassMark points, 6GB memory or more and compatible with DirectX 11 or later. Click here to see how to select a graphics card for Lumion.
  • OS: 64-bit Windows 10
  • CPU: As high a GHz value as possible, ideally 4.0+ GHz. A lower GHz value may act as a bottleneck for fast graphics cards such as the Nvidia GTX 1080 and Nvidia Titan X (Pascal). More CPU cores than 4 will not make a difference. CPUs such as the i7-4790K, the i7-6700K or the i7-7700K with 4.0+ GHz are good choices. Xeon CPUs with GHz values lower than 3.4 GHz are not recommended.
  • System memory: 16GB or more with as high a MHz value as possible.
  • Monitor resolution: 1920×1080 pixels or higher.
  • Hard drive: 20GB of disk space
  • Power supplyClick here to see which power supply you need.

Minimum System Requirements

  • Graphics card: Minimum 2,000 PassMark points, 2GB memory or more and compatible with DirectX 11 or later. Click here to see how to select a graphics card for Lumion.
  • OS: 64-bit Windows 10, 8.1, 7 Sp1 or Vista SP2
  • CPU: As high a GHz value as possible, ideally 3.0+ GHz. Less than 4.0 GHz may act as a bottleneck for fast graphics cards such as the GTX 1080 and Titan X (Pascal). More cores than 4 will not make a difference.
  • System memory: 8GB (for simple scenes) with as high a MHz value as possible.
  • Monitor resolution: Minimum 1600×1080 pixels.
  • Hard drive: 20GB of disk space
  • Power supplyClick here to see which power supply you need.

Will Lumion run on your laptop PC?

Lumion requires a PC with a fast NVIDIA or AMD graphics card with at least 2GB memory. If your laptop PC has a slow graphics card with less memory, or, if it only has an Intel HD graphics card, then your laptop PC is unsuitable for Lumion. The result will be graphics errors and driver crashes if you try to use Lumion. Please click here to see if you can run Lumion on your laptop PC.

Which graphics card do you need?

Click here to find out which graphics card your PC has.

Click here to see how fast your graphics card is compared to other graphics cards.

Minimum graphics card requirements

  • DirectX 11 compatible.
  • Minimum 2,000 PassMark points.
  • Minimum 2GB dedicated graphics card memory.

Please click here for more information about graphics cards.

Does Lumion support ‘remote desktop’ access?

No, Lumion does not officially support ‘remote desktop’ access, for example via Windows Remote Desktop, WMWare Fusion, VMWare VDI, Citrix/ZenApp, Teamviewer, Nvidia GRID, XenServer, XenDesktop etc.

There are currently no plans to add support for any of these applications.

Some ‘remote desktop’ applications such as TeamViewer might let you start the rendering procedure but navigating around scenes and moving objects etc won’t work as expected. Other ‘remote desktop’ applications such as Citrix and VMWare products will have trouble running Lumion.

Mac (not available)

  • Sorry, You’ll need a good Windows PC with a dedicated graphics card to take advantage of Lumion. Mac OS-X is not supported.
 
 

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