Tuesday, October 5th, 2010 Posted by Jim Thacker

Video: Is this the future of real-time rendering?

Left: live footage of Strasbourg’s Médiathèque André Malraux. Right: the same building rendered in Twinmotion

We’ve seen a lot of demos for real-time rendering systems in our time, but the latest promo video for upcoming architectural visualisation toolset Twinmotion is one of the most impressive yet.

The video shows footage of Strasbourg’s Médiathèque André Malraux alongside a rendered flythrough of the building – and, at YouTube resolution, at least, the virtual version holds up remarkably well.

The product is nicknamed ‘the rendering killer’ on its blog, a title the developers admit is deliberately provocative.

“Twinmotion will not replace current rendering software: that’s not what it’s for,” reads the statement accompanying the video. “Its vocation lies elsewhere – as an immersion tool.”

“We are not seeking ‘absolute’ image realism (though GPU technology is getting us there slowly) but we do want to uncover the ‘truth’.”

The new video also namechecks an impressive list of architectural firms that have been involved with the development of the product, including Ateliers Jean Nouvel, Zaha Hadid Architects and Renzo Piano Building Workshop.

The Twinmotion blog has been showcasing the product’s features in a series of four weekly instalments, the last of which went online today. The full website is due online later this month. More details when we have them.

Click here to visit the Twinmotion blog