How to create a VR walkthrough using Lumion?
When it comes to sharing photorealistic designs, thousands of Architecture & Design firms globally use Lumion to create walkthroughs to share with clients during the design process using images, videos & now 360 panoramas. In the previous post, we talked about how Architects can get started with Virtual Reality. With the launch of Oculus Quest 2 & the increasing need for cloud-based collaboration in the design process between different stakeholders, architects and designers are looking at new ways of communicating beyond static renders, videos, and floor plans - with a shift towards the cloud & immersive tools.
In this article, you will find all answers you need for Lumion to VR walkthroughs - on the web and VR headsets like Oculus Quest 2. First, let us quickly answer the most common question asked by Lumion users.
Does Lumion work with VR?
There is no direct integration between Lumion’s software & popular VR headsets like Oculus Quest 2. So, if you are looking for a feature in Lumion or an extension to export your model for viewing in VR headsets, the answer is there isn’t any as of today. However, there are indirect ways of getting your Lumion 3D content to VR headsets which we explore in detail in this tutorial.
How do I export from Lumion to VR?
The most popular (and easier ) method to get your Lumion content to VR is through 360 panoramas, which we recommend based on our experience with thousands of users. In summary, as of today, 2 options can be used to export from Lumion to VR.
1. The recommended option from Lumion is to use Sketchfab, a 3D model-sharing website. This tutorial from Lumion shares their recommended way in detail. From our own experience, this process needs quite many steps which can be cumbersome - especially if you are looking for a simple 3D to VR workflow.
2. The alternative is to export 360 panoramas from Lumion to your desktop & use virtual tour software to upload panoramas, edit tours & share on web & VR headsets.
How to create a 360 panorama from Lumion?
They are images. JPG o PNG files that can be rendered as an output file from Lumion in a few clicks. Once you have imported the model, applied the materials and objects, you can export an image to your desktop by clicking on the ‘360 panorama’ icon. Ideally, you will need to export multiple images for a walkthrough — think of each image as a separate view you would use for your client presentation.
To create a panorama in Lumion, you need to:
1. Set up your Scene & choose effects
2. Click on the "Panorama Rendering” Button
3. Set Your Render Configuration