Wednesday, December 5th, 2018 Posted by Jim Thacker

Abvent releases Twinmotion 2019 v2

Originally posted on 15 June 2018. Scroll down for news of the v2 update.

Abvent has unveiled Twinmotion 2019, the next update to its real-time visualisation tool, adding support for reflection probes, camera measurement and alignment tools, and the option to edit scenes in VR.

The update is due to ship on 21 June 2018 at the A’18 conference.

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

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.

Twinmotion 2019: new camera measurement and alignment tools, more lighting and rendering options
New features in Twinmotion 2019 include new camera measurement and camera alignment systems: the latter provides automated perspective correction, as shown at 02:05 in the video above.

The product website also lists a new ‘compass indicator’.

Lighting and rendering improvements include drag-and-drop support for reflection probes, seen at 01:05 in the video, and a new clay render mode.

Edit scenes interactively in virtual reality
Support for virtual reality, introduced in Twinmotion 2018 v2, has been extended from simply navigating existing scenes in VR to editing them interactively.

At 03:20 in the video, you can see the new workflow in action: as well as adjusting global project settings and seeing the scene update in real time, it’s possible to drag and drop new materials onto the scene.

New stock content, plus updates to the live linking plugins
Outside the core application, there are over 800 new items in the content library, including materials, decals, flags, interior decorations and ‘construction assets’ – 3D models of construction workers and vehicles.

The live link plugins for Revit and ArchiCAD have been updated and are now “up to 2x” faster, and there is a new Product Manager to manage installation of updates.

Updated 21 June 2018: Twinmotion 2019 is now shipping. You can see a full breakdown of the features on Abvent’s website: as well as those listed above, the update adds a new orthographic views system.

Updated 5 December 2018: Abvent has released Twinmotion 2019 v2.

The update integrates the software with BIMobject’s online database of free 3D models of real-world building parts and furnishings, making it possible to browse and import BIM objects within Twinmotion.

Other than that, it’s largely performance updates and bugfixes. You can see a list of changes here.

Pricing and availability
Twinmotion 2019 is available for 64-bit Windows 7+ and macOS 10.12+. It costs €1,650 (around $1,870) for a single licence. A team licence costs €2,950 ($3,345).

Read a full list of new features in Twinmotion 2019 on the product website