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  1. I just poked around a bit too. I was going to comment on the number of point lights, each of which adds considerable computing time. Multiple points lights add time exponentially. I was going to experiment with a vectorworks spotlight object or two. Also wondering if there is a solution with IES files and custom lights. GI means...?
  2. I typically use Duplicate Array, BUT when trimming that will mess with counts.
  3. I've done this type of thing on a smaller scale, but painstakingly manually.
  4. Glass setting are somewhat a matter of taste, but some guidelines below. The Portal option in Indirect Lighting allows light through the glass. I might also experiment with a backlit shader and not glass. In order for light rays to bend correctly, Glass requires two surfaces; glass objects should be a 3D Object, not a simple 3D Polygon. Without a second surface, the light will bend as if it is going into glass, but not bend back. When creating glass for a window, Press the Indirect Lighting Options button in the Texture Definition Dialog. There, choose Portal and Emit Light.
  5. Do the glass textures have 'portal' selected in the shader?
  6. Photometric tools only work with spotlight lighting devices. They need to be on and focused. your house lights must be spotlight lighting devices, which can be custom made if you’re not using theatrical fixtures so you need those ficus pint objects. They and the photo metic objects can be classed or on their own layer to control visibility.
  7. Do you include large texture images? I've done some big shows, with complex geometry, and 5Gb is an insane file size.
  8. What is the current status of VWX and Catalina?
  9. What if the transparency is 'Plain?" No, you can't really get that dead on look of a spotlight.
  10. well, yes. The graphic file you describe should be able to display ONLY the text in white using the Alpha channel for transparency. To me, that would be great if the text were being applied directly to a structure. For what you describe, I think I'd make the sign s its own object.
  11. I would make the art as it should render; red text on a white background, appropriately sized, and either texture a 3D Polo or create and Impage prop. what you describe will knock out the area around the text and just show white text.
  12. So, I'm not sure and I haven't tested, but why couldn't you have a texture with the color shader set to object attributes and have the transparency as you like? For the lens on a spotlight lighting device, that's set in the Spotlight Preferences.There must be a lens object, grouped with the body and the lens need a class with a texture (glow shader, object attributes, Cast Shadows turned off). In the spotlight prefs Modify lighting instrument color set to color field, and only the lens class.
  13. While I think I understand, I still feel a bit confused. That said, I often wish there was a way to copy some settings from texture to texture, OR have a 'master' shader applied to multiple textures. Particularly true of transparency and bump
  14. I've found it best to leave the heavy lifting to VCS and process there. That does mean that you file must be stored in your VCS folder, or dropbox with full access. There have been issues with VCS saving the completed Pano in the VCS folder even if directed to save elsewhere. It takes time to process. A JOG will show up too quickly, but not be the final output.
  15. I couldn't work without these tools, and this is a sweet additional feature.
  16. To access them, select the VP, click the classes button in the OIP and search 'Lighting" they may be used on the geometry within the symbols
  17. sometimes,, the mover symbols have additional internal classes.
  18. Likely, if you ha ve a SLVP already, the movers are in a new class and that class is turned off in the OIP for th VP
  19. not sure what you're after, but a multiple extrude, or the reshape tool seems like the solutions you might try.
  20. Which is why I ultimately suggest this be built into wall styles, or a similar function. I should be able to assign a crown, a picture rail, chair rail, baseboard, wainscoting, etc to a wall object. Similarly door and window moulding. Then I should be able to pull the details back out for construction documents.
  21. So, unless I'm missing something, always my first guess, the illustration might help. On the right is a moulding where I've adjusted the size to simplify the math. In this case, that might not mater, but when combining a number of profiles to make a crown, it can save on the head scratching. Of course, It messes up accuracy and the sections/details. The next drawing to the left is the original profile. To the left of that, I've squared it off. I have not moved the center, but I have a solid crown for no good reason. On the far left, I show what I think you're describing. I added a chunk of unnecessary geometry, but I no longer have to offset the path. In turn I also no longer have the information for a proper section without redrawing the section.This is not optimal. The second drawing shows (exaggerated) what I think @SeanOSkea (and I) would like in the EAP dialog. So, I could trace the walls, leave the line (path), select the profile, and direct VWX to extrude from the point.
  22. Well, then you end up with a weird profile. I do tend to make the profile a 'normal' size, sacrificing some accuracy.
  23. Exactly. If adding a crown to a box set, I trace in the plan view with the Polyline tool. Offset that line by 50% of the thickness of the moulding. Fiddle to get position and extrude. Fiddle and then Trim. For a portal. I trace the opening in Front View, Offset and place the profile in the Plan View, Extrude. There is no way to link the profile detail to the Extrude for detail drawings, which is also unfortunate. I disagree. On a film set or many interiors adding mouldings to the Wall Objects would make for faster work. This assumes that the Wall Objects would then create all of the miters. Similarly, posture rail, chair rail, door and window mouldings. Wainscoting should be wall components. In a more starts environment, other built up or applied wall details should be attached to the wall objects. I often do geometric panels on walls. Of course, once we have all of this, Forced Perspective will be a nice addition. Can't be asked?


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