May 7, 2021 iRendercs

Lumion vs Twinmotion. Which is better?

Almost all artists know Lumion vs Twinmotion is real-time rendering software programs. This article will show you what is the difference between Lumion and Twinmotion, especially Lumion 11.3 and Twinmotion 2021.1 which were released this year. Each one has unique features that may be better suited for your rendering style. Then you can choose which one is the best for you.


Lumion: Lumion is not only popular rendering software, but also it’s designed for rendering images, panoramic pictures, and animations. This software improved a lot and every new version is better than the previous one with a lot of new make the job easier. With Lumion 11.3, the flow of ideas from your imagination to the computer screen encounters so little friction that rendering becomes an effortless tool in your design toolbox. Show the life and emotion in your project, and enjoy the process along the way. Lumion 11.3 changes the relationship between architects and rendering.

Twinmotion: Twinmotion 2021.1 offers powerful new possibilities for creating, developing, and presenting your visualizations, cementing its place as an essential component of the entire archviz pipeline from first concept to advanced photorealistic experience, and as a fully connected member of the Epic Games ecosystem. In addition, with this release we continue our efforts to enhance existing features and workflows in response to customer feedback.


Both Twinmotion and Lumion share a lot of similar features, but they also have some differences that may contribute to the final quality of your renderings. First, let’s take a look at the similarities:

  • Real time renderers
  • Offer libraries of materials and 3D models
  • Ability to render still images, videos, and panoramas
  • Ability to add in animations on videos
  • Give control over time and weather
  • Allow you to add lights and customize color
  • Offer additional effects (smoke, water, fire)
  • Offer variety of filters, styles, and presets


  • Shadows for Omni Lights: The light and shadow come alive, looking exactly as they should and dancing in time to the tune of your design. OmniLights now have Shadows (with the three usual quality settings as in Spotlights).
  • Multifunctional Clip Planes:  you can reveal all the layers of your design, from multiple angles, with the Multifunctional Clip Planes option.
  • New character silhouettes: when you want to clearly communicate a deeper level of information about your project, without distracting from the design, you can take advantage of the new silhouette coloring for characters available in Lumion 11.3.
  • Improved Group selection: you’ll have even more control over the management of your Lumion Project and all the objects and Group of objects within it.
  • Rendered Grid and Measurements: you can skillfully create informative yet beautiful images and animations that show all the measurements throughout your design.
  • Other improvements including: Improved group selection; Updated lighting interface; New in-program user tutorials; Updated material highlight effect; Updated mass move effect.


  • Bridge to Unreal Engine: Take your visualizations to the next level, with a new plugin for Unreal Engine that enables you to import Twinmotion projects into the Unreal Editor. 
  • Presenter Cloud Early Access: With just a basic Windows or macOS desktop computer and a web browser, users can view and interact with a Presenter file running on a high-end GPU in the cloud—making the service ideal for sharing work for review with clients in remote locations, or with colleagues during the current work-from-home climate.

Note: This feature is being rolled out progressively, and is currently exclusively available to full commercial licensees; we anticipate making it available to all users in the future.

  • Megascans in Twinmotion library: We’ve integrated the Quixel Megascans 3D Assets and Surface categories into the Twinmotion asset library for easy browsing and access directly within your Twinmotion projects. 
  • Others new features

1.1. Datasmith Direct Link

1.2. New trees, humans, and workout furniture assets

1.3. Lighting Enhancement

1.4. Non Realistic rendering styles

1.5. Phasing in Presenter

1.6. Tint on vegetation

Read more information here.



Lumion 11.3 Standard version:$1802.52 (€1499). Standard version of Lumion with limited library content and features. 

Lumion 11.3 Pro version: $3605.65 (€2999). Professional version of Lumion with all content and features.


Twinmotion 2021.1 is currently available for $499.

This price includes all subsequent upgrade releases until the end of December 2021.

System Requirements

There are many recommendations when it comes to computer requirements for Twinmotion vs Lumion, but one major difference is the amount of available storage space. 

Lumion recommends 20GB of free storage. Lumion is available only on Windows.

Twinmotion only recommends 5GB. Twinmotion has a version for Windows and Mac. 

The general look of Lumion is better, Twinmotion has more customization capabilities. It depends on how much you want to let the software guide you and how much you want to be in control. Then you can choose what software that fits your needs. In iRender, you can use highly servers with a powerful performance of many CPUs and GPUs to speed up the rendering process in both two software: Lumion and Twinmotion. 

iRender suggest you should give it a try by creating an account via this link. Let’s explore their workflow and focus on creative projects.

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