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August 15 2019

See ancient Rome brought to life through SketchUp and Lumion

Prof. Matthew C. Nicholls of the University of Reading spent 10 years building a massive, beautifully detailed 3D model of ancient Rome. Now, you can explore the splendor of ancient Roman architecture like never before.


Theatre of Marcellus. Credit: Prof. Matthew Nicholls and the University of Reading.

Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither was the 3D model of the Eternal City that was created by Matthew C. Nicholls, Professor of Classics at the University of Reading.

Constructed over the course of 10 years in SketchUp, and based on a variety of archeological, literary and other sources, the model of Rome brings students and enthusiasts to the street level of the ancient city. With rich colors, historically accurate details and the sensation of traveling through time, students are able to view ancient Rome’s incomparable architecture in a truly compelling and educational way.

The Digital Model. Credit: Prof. Matthew Nicholls and the University of Reading.

Whether for classes at the University of Reading, or for the free online course on the website, titled “Rome: A Virtual Tour of the Ancient City,” the SketchUp model and the Lumion animations and images pull students right into the heart of the city, allowing them to explore and learn from an intimate point-of-view.

“One of the goals for making this model and using it in my courses is to paint as accurate a picture as possible of the ancient city,” said Prof. Nicholls.


Digital Recreation of the Temple of Saturn. Credit: Prof. Matthew Nicholls and the University of Reading.

From the Colosseum to the Roman forum, the baths of Caracalla to the Pantheon and more, the renders of ancient Rome help students view the ancient city as it once was, full of color, texture and life.

“Rendering is like having a digital SLR camera with all the different buttons to help you get a better photograph, and Lumion is almost like turning it to auto mode and pressing “snap” and you get a nice picture. Most of the time it’s good enough. [Lumion] is such a nice workflow tool like with the sliders to control lighting and the such that you can get better results quicker. I love being in the building environment in Lumion with live navigation driven by the graphics card, and I can fly around in real-time in that.”

In this blog post, we’ll take a look at Prof. Nicholls’ renderings of Rome as it was in the 4th century AD (the model includes buildings from other time periods as well). You will also discover how 3D rendering tools like Lumion can bring ancient cities to life and serve as an integral learning tool.

August 1 2019

What do you do if Lumion does not respond to mouse clicks?

To achieve a smoother rendering experience in Lumion, your computer needs a fast graphics card with plenty of memory. If your rendering experience feels sluggish, then you can boost performance with these easy-to-apply tips.


Lumion is a powerful program when it comes to 3D rendering. You can work on massive scenes with hundreds of trees, people, furniture and other context for beautiful rural and urban digital representations. 

You can accurately illuminate your models with accurate environmental and artificial lighting fixtures, all while producing incredible interplays of shadows and light. And you can infuse beauty and artistic appeal into your renders with a wide range of effects, including Real Skies, customizable 3D grass, reflections, Hyperlight, precipitation, Print Poster Enhancer, etc. 

With the right graphics card and other system hardware, Lumion is designed to handle a great deal. If you can dream it, Lumion can render it.


Compared to a few years ago, expectations in architectural rendering have increased and many architects are modeling with an impressive level of skill, especially with regards to the amount of detail and complexity in their 3D models. 

Then, after importing the heavy model into Lumion and building a scene with a large number of objects, such as thousands of trees and vast planes of customizable 3D grass, for instance, your computer may begin to struggle to display everything in real-time.


Fortunately, there are a few ways to boost real-time performance when Lumion isn’t responding to mouse clicks. In this blog article, we’ll go through a couple of techniques for quickly boosting Lumion performance.

July 25 2019

How to connect people and architecture with your Lumion 3D animations

Property advertising agency, TEN OVER MEDIA, recently won two creative advertising awards with their Lumion videos. Creative Director Mathieu Anfosso sat down with the Lumion team to discuss how he and his twin brother implement a people-first design philosophy and bring out the emotion in property animations.


It was their first animation together, and when twin brothers Remi and Mathieu Anfosso were discussing strategies for how to best show a building, they came across an interesting insight.

“Dude, they all look the same,” said Remi Anfosso, a young film director with a successful background in making videos for the film and TV industry.

“They’re completely different! What are you talking about?“ responded Mathieu, Creative Director of TEN OVER MEDIA.

Remi shook his head. “To everyone involved in the project, and especially the architects and clients, it may look different. But to the general public, it looks the same.”

This brief conversation between Mathieu and Remi would go on to form their ideas about communicating architecture and why so many 3D animations seem to fall flat.


Pool shot from the Carolina Pines project, by TEN OVER MEDIA.

“Emotion is really missing from 3D marketing videos,” Remi stated on the TEN OVER MEDIA website, “and it is the one thing the audience is interested in.”

From specific shots meant to incite memories to overall themes designed to immerse viewers into a story-driven, emotional world, the entire team at TEN OVER MEDIA have made it a point to put people and personal experience at the heart of architectural animations. The goal is to help audiences connect with property on a close, personal level. When the property is finally built, they hope a person will already feel at home; they hope people will already know what it feels like to enter the space.

“Carolina Pines - There’s Room At The Pines,” by TEN OVER MEDIA.

As Mathieu explains, “That’s how we know we’ve hit the mark.”

July 15 2019

How to create 3D environmental context from drone images

With the tutorial video and our new e-book, you can learn how to combine drones, photogrammetry software and Lumion to create beautiful, realistic 3D environmental context for your designs.

When creating and rendering a 3D planned environment, there are many ways to go about it, from modeling it yourself to using features such as OpenStreetMap (OSM) in Lumion. The method you choose, however, will affect the final look and feel of the renders you’re presenting, and one method may be more suitable than another.

Using OSM directly in Lumion, for example, creates white blocks depicting actual building locations, height and volume, but the buildings don’t show any textures and are, for that reason, not very realistic looking.

When you need realistic 3D environmental context to serve as the backdrop of your design, you can combine drone footage with photogrammetry software and then render everything together right in Lumion. Whether you are capturing an infrastructure asset, a planned site location or another environment, using a drone is fast and cost-effective (especially compared to some other methods).

In a new e-book based on the video at the top of this post, we’ll guide you through this process of capturing 3D environmental context. With only a drone, photogrammetry software and Lumion, you can create fairly accurate 3D models of the environment surrounding a planned building location.

You can download the e-book PDF here.

June 25 2019

Capture a cozy feeling with 150+ new objects and materials in Lumion 9.5

With the new library models and materials in Lumion 9.5, it’s now easier than ever to quickly create cozy, enthralling renders for exterior and interior designs.


Lumion 9.5 was released one week ago as a free update for all Lumion 9 and Lumion 9.3 users (including Lumion 9.0.2 and 9.3.1). In this update, you can find over 150+ new materials and models to help bring an attractive, familiar sense of nature into 3D designs. With these additions, Lumion’s ever-growing content library now contains over 5,300+ objects and 1,150+ HD materials.

For interior scenes, the new wood and brick materials and potted plants elicit a welcoming, home-sweet-home feeling. For exterior scenes, the new leafless trees, leafless shrubs, and forest objects create richly detailed, enchanting compositions.


No matter the type of scene you are creating, the new objects and materials in Lumion 9.5 can help furnish your designs with the right mood and connect with your audience on an intimate, emotional level.

In this blog post, we’ll go through the new materials and objects that you can find in Lumion 9.5 Pro. Click here for the complete release notes.