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  1. scottmoore

    Crowd with LED wristbands

    You could place a ton of simple extrusions (square) around the arena, assign each a glow texture that has been set up receive it’s color from “class”, create several classes for wristbands, assign sections of the extrusions to those classes and there you go. Change class colors to change colors of the various selections. Adjust to colors or even use black to adjust intensity. The most time consuming part would be making them look fairly random.
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    LED Screen Tool - Blow through video wall?

    If this is for rendering purposes, I would recommend a masked texture on a simple extrude or a pair of textures on two extrudes. It should significantly cut down on render times though I’ve not actually compared textures vs physical geometry. Textures will also let you create exactly what you want. You can approximate it with the LED tool by making each panel the width of one “spine” of your LED panel and then adjust spacing to account for the gaps. That will only give you vertical ribs though. For rendering purposes, this is a great example of doing something that “looks right” as opposed to trying to make something that is exactly like what we would have in the real world.
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    Realistic rendering

    Justin is correct. It also occurred to me that you could install the custom gobo I to the existing strip light symbol. Just because you can’t put a gobo in an LED strip light doesn’t mean you can’t put it in the Spotlight Lighting Instrument. The same is true for any lighting instrument.
  4. I produce various awards shows and festivals and as such have a specific template to utilize for artist stage plots. In this template there are the following items associated with each artist and I will use the name “Artist 1” to help clarify: classes: Artist 1 spike Artist 1 saved views: print-Artist 1 working-Artist 1 sheet layers: Artist 1 symbols: drums Artist 1 keys Artist 1 It would be fantastic to have a “Search and Replace” function that allowed me to search “Artist 1” and replace that with “XYZ Band”. If this exists, I am unaware of it. Thanks
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    Realistic rendering

    I often say, “If you can’t fix it, feature it.” Just discover what the program does and leverage that to your advantage. Tips and tricks, tips and tricks.
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    Realistic rendering

    Looks like you are making really good progress. What you will find is that renderings are an art form unto themselves. You generally need to treat renderings keeping in mind the speed at which you wish to render, the abilities and limitations of the software and how you want to present your images. Creative usage of textures and ambient light are probably the first place to start. In other words, we often “fake” surfaces and lighting to make the renderings work to our advantage. There are tons of tips and tricks available here and other places. As to the striplights, VW Spotlight Instruments currently only have a single lighting source embedded within them (unless this has changed in 2019). As such, any large format fixture or, in this case, linear fixture, will only emit a single beam of light which is a major source of complaint for many. That said, to create a 6’ wide beam of light effectively would require several lighting sources which then become serious resource hogs. Instead of Renderworks computing one beam of light per fixture, it might now have to render 12 times that. Not ideal; especially if you are not using volumetrics. (Haze). If if I am following this correctly, the circular downlight on the tables should be the output from a linear LED fixture. A simple solution would be to create a gobo that is a soft edge rectangle that is scaled appropriately for the output of your linear fixture. Replace your striplights with an ellipsoidal or automated fixture with the custom gobo, adjust the beam and field in the OIP to taste and that should look like what you want. Basically, don’t worry as much about how these things work in a real production environment; just leverage the tools you have to produce renders that appear like you want them to.
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    Projecting onto a curve with no image correction

    Basically, we just need a suitable projector “instrument” that would allow for the basic functionality of a projector; lens, zoom calculations, orientation, etc. Whether that becomes part of the plug-in tool or, more likely, a separate device probably doesn’t matter.
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    Vectorworks is REALLY SLOW lately!

    I am with you on this Sean. I am 20+ years into this with having 2 and sometimes 3 licenses. It’s really difficult to consider moving to another platform, but VW has become quite painful on a regular basis.
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    Creating a paper lantern glow... HELP!

    Fair enough. I get that.
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    Creating a paper lantern glow... HELP!

    Brandon, I am curious as to why you think that. Not critical, just curious. I do like learning new things and gathering better practices. I use glow textures quite a lot in my presentations beyond the typical video display options. Pretty much anytime I am backlighting something, that is how I do it.
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    Creating a paper lantern glow... HELP!

    Good responses thus far, however, the question needs to be raised as to what it is you are hoping to accomplish. If this is just for rendering purposes you would probably best be served by creating a texture that approximates the effect you want by using both image and reflectivity. Set reflectivity to “Glow” and then you can have the lantern emit light or not depending on your need for rendering speed vs realism.
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    Point load calculation

    That is the reason for Braceworks.
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    Tips for creating model of theater as a templet

    I would suggest spending a few hours learning or brushing up on simple drawing skills. If you want a 3D model of your space then brush up on that as well. Learn how to add and clip surfaces, use of the wall tool, understanding extrudes, etc. Also, think about the classes you would like to use to control your model. What do you want to to be to turn on or off? What might be helpful to separate even just to simplify the initial drawing process. Consider the class nomenclature. For instance, perhaps every class name starts with “theater-___________” so you can quickly isolate all parts of your model visually in the Class Palette. Utilize fill color, pen color, line weight and texture by class so you can quickly change things however you might like. I would also create the 3D model as a separate entity from a plan view. In other words, draw the 2D plan separately using standard drafting techniques. That 2D plan should be on its own class. Keep that drawing as a separate file file and reference it into every new drawing to cut down on the size and complexity of your show drawings and also avoid someone messing up the theater model.
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    “Saved Views” as a tool

    It seems that most people don’t really understand the huge potential of something so simple.
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    “Saved Views” as a tool

    And I should credit Andy Dunning of Landru Designs for knocking some sense into me many years ago regarding this topic.


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