Revit to Lumion

Rendering on Revit has been always challenging for many of my students as applying materials to objects in Revit is not as simple as the paint bucket tool of SketchUp. So I see many opting other methods of rendering or choosing to work on another platform altogether. One such popular platform for rendering and animation is Lumion , among the students especially as it’s easy to use, quick to render, large library of foliage and other components, handles large area with ease, adds realism easily.

The struggle of doing all that’s mentioned above in 3dsMax or Maya is saved when Lumion is used. All that camera paths, rendering frame by frame overnight, having to depend on 3rd party plugins for trees and people like RPC, made these applications fit for professionals only, but Lumion has won the hearts of millions with its ease of use and realistic scenes that makes the presentations appealing.

Revit to Lumion is the way to go for rendering without stress. The plugin to export to Lumion is available here. 

More on it next post

Did you know?…in Revit….


Some less known facts about Revit that may be interesting…

Q1. What is the shortest way to input only inches value (e.g. 10”) in Revit?

A. Hit feet symbol 2 times instead of holding shift + inches symbol.

(This happens only in Revit…not in AutoCAD!)



Q2. No Quick Calc like CAD?

A. No but input parameters in commands or Properties can support calculations.

Start with = sign & put the formula with mathematical operators.

Q3. Keyboardcalc2 Shortcut to close (line sketches, walls etc. )to the starting point?

wall close


Q4. Wall types are set with different default Unconnected heights?
Wall Type Default Unconnected Height
Basic Exterior, Generic , Curtain & Stacked Walls 20’ or 8000mm
Interior Partition Walls 10’ or 4000mm
Foundation Wall -12’ or -4000mm Base offset to Level where drawn
Retaining Wall 6’ or 2000mm

Q5. The only wall type that is not Room Bounding by default? 

A.Retaining walls

Q6. Convert Stacked walls to independent walls ?

A. Right click the stacked wall…Select Break Up to convert them to independent walls