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Abvent unveils Twinmotion 2018

Tuesday, July 11th, 2017 | Posted by Jim Thacker

Originally posted on 14 June 2017. Scroll down for updates.

Abvent has begun posting teasers for Twinmotion 2018, the next update to its real-time visualisation tool. Features include a new core architecture powered by Unreal Engine and live links to Revit and ArchiCAD.

An intuitive real-time visualisation tool for architectural professionals
Originally created by French architectural visualisation studio KA-RA, Twinmotion is now developed in partnership with Artlantis creator Abvent, which released Twinmotion 2015 and 2016.

Intended as an easy way for architectural professionals to create photorealistic visualisations of buildings, the software imports models in a standard range of 3D file formats, including FBX, DWG and DAE.

Users can create background environments from a library of stock models and textures, and assign lights.

Atmospheric properties – including clouds, rain and snow, and ambient lighting based on geographical location and time of day – can be adjusted via slider-based controls.

There are also brush-based systems for editing topography or adding animatiable vegetation to a scene, and a Bezier-based system for pathing animated crowds or traffic.

The software also includes a basic camera editor and a set of standard post-process effects.

New in TwinMotion 2018: powered by Unreal Engine, live links to Revit and ArchiCAD
To that, TwinMotion 2018 adds new live-linking plugins synchronising the software with Revit and ArchiCAD. Changes made to the CAD design are automatically propagated to the visualisation.

But the big news – at least, the most visually appealing – is that the software is now powered by UE4.

The video at the top of the story is essentially a showcase of the kind of visual quality achieveable in Unreal Engine itself, and includes work by Koola and Factory Fifteen.

Two further feature reveals will follow on 20 and 27 June.


Updated 27 June: The final two teasers are out, although they don’t add much new information.

The fourth video confirmed that Twinmotion 2018 will be available for macOS, while the fifth (above) is an overall summary, although it provides a good overview of Twinmotion workflow.

Pricing and availability
Abvent hasn’t announced pricing or a release date for Twinmotion 2018 besides “this summer”, but it has confirmed that the update will introduce a new version for macOS.

Updated 11 July: The release is now scheduled for 31 July 2017.

The current release, Twinmotion 2016, is available for Windows 7 and above. It costs €1,650 (around $1,860) for a single licence, or €2,450 ($2,760) for a team licence.

Watch all of the feature demos for Twinmotion 2018 on Abvent’s website

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