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Author Topic: Scene tutorials?  (Read 2077 times)

aGMuser

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Scene tutorials?
« on: April 17, 2010, 01:37:51 pm »

I'm back. I'll be using anim8or to make a trailer for my game, so I need to know how to use the scene mode. I've looked at the tutorials section, but there were no scene tutorials. Please, can somebody post a link to a scene tutorial?
Right now, I want to know how to create forest - should I place every single tree manually, or there's a easier way to do this?
« Last Edit: April 17, 2010, 01:50:18 pm by aGMuser »
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Re: Scene tutorials?
« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2010, 01:55:13 pm »

I haven't seen any tutorials on how to use the scene mode.. But to answer your question;

In the scene mode you can only add objects one by one.. this would take a long time to import all the trees. It might be easier to copy the trees in one object, so make the whole forest in object mode in one object, and then import the whole forest at once to the scene.

Hope that helps to answer your question.
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aGMuser

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Re: Scene tutorials?
« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2010, 02:00:47 pm »

Ok, I'll try this.And what's the use of having different objects? Everything can be put into only one.
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Re: Scene tutorials?
« Reply #3 on: April 17, 2010, 02:05:10 pm »

For still images you can indeed put everything in one object. A few advantages of using different objects could be;

- Animating objects in different ways in scene mode (wheels of a car might want to turn, but not the whole car)
- Being able to hide objects in scene mode, if everything is one big object you can't hide parts in scene mode, only the whole object at once.
- Turning shadows on/off for different objects, in any anim8or before the beta versions you can control if an object in scene mode casts a shadow or not, if everything is one big object shadows can only be turned on/off for the whole object.

There are probably a few more points to add.. but in a lot of situations it is easy to put most of your models into one object and importing that to scene mode.
Another advantage of doing that , besides not having to add all the objects manually, is that when you resize the object, everything scales accordingly. It is a pain to scale all different objects in scene mode accurately.
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Re: Scene tutorials?
« Reply #4 on: April 18, 2010, 11:30:57 am »

Starbuck once made a real good tutorial on creating forests and grassfield, using grassgen. I believe this was posted in the dot an8 magazine from last year.

EDIT: here is the link for the dot an8 issues: http://www.dotan8.com/html/issues.html
you can find the tutorial in the june and july issues.
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Re: Scene tutorials?
« Reply #5 on: April 18, 2010, 11:37:47 am »

I've made a forest, I don't believe I need a tutorial anymore. However, I'll search for it when I have some free time.
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