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  1. LJ TMS

    Musical instrument / backline symbols

    So if I understand correctly, you could use whatever controls you wanted to map the main texture properly to the object in VW (map type, scale, H offset, V offset, rotation), send to Vision, then replace out the bump/reflectivity/alpha/normal textures and they will match up to however the main texture is mapped?
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    Musical instrument / backline symbols

    Can you explain the process to do this? I can give this a shot if @scottmoore wants to send me a few of the images used? @bbudzon I see where to assign textures in the Materials dropdown of Properties but how would you go about mapping correctly on the object (map type, scale, H offset, V offset, rotation) that you have in the VW Render tab?
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    Musical instrument / backline symbols

    Just dropped a few random symbols into a VW file and sent to Vision via MVR and everything looks great!
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    Musical instrument / backline symbols

    @scottmoore Hey Scott, one item for clean up I noticed. In the 2D component of your 5' Grand Piano (Glossy & Matte) symbols, there are 900 polygons that can be removed from the curved portion of the frame.
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    Musical instrument / backline symbols

    @scottmoore These are awesome symbols Scott! The modeling strikes a nice balance of complex enough to look good while simple enough to maintain speed and the textures look great!
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    Fixture request

    Well that would explain it. No red astrick indicating a required field next to Phone, and I know I didn't fill that in last time I tried to submit. @Rob Books Did you fill this field when you tested the form?
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    Video wall preview in perspective view

    @nickvaphiadis If you can't find any objects nearby, it may be the rear surface of your video panels if they have very little depth. You could try giving them more depth so the rear surface isn't as close to the front surface. Or give them an extrusion of 0 so there is no rear surface. The further distance you have the camera away from two surfaces Z-fighting, the further apart they need to be from each other to prevent it.
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    Fixture request

    Hey Rob, can you clarify... does this mean you found no problems with the form, or that you found problems and it is now fixed?
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    Fixture request

    I had this issue as well when I last tried to make a fixture request. I ended up putting a fixture request in the VSS area and specifying I needed Vision profiles. https://serviceselect.vectorworks.net/support/fixturerequestform
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    Renderworks & Spotlight - Stumped.

    Love this thread and definitely count me in!
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    Renderworks & Spotlight - Stumped.

    @hbeach Thanks for sharing! Looks like the results are really good, but duplicating of work is something I try to minimize at all costs. The interoperability of VW & Vision is pretty good (with the notable exception of DLVP's). I might have to give Capture a test run someday.
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    Step by step to make a 4-bar instrument

    Oops missed the multicircuit bit, my bad!
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    Renderworks & Spotlight - Stumped.

    To me the problem is both VW & Vision excel at what the other is not very good at. Vision for volumetric rendering. VW for the rest (environmental & indirect lighting, textures with reflectivity and transparency, etc). While some might say that makes them complementary, I'd argue it makes it impossible to produce a great entertainment lighting render from either software. Ideally I'd love for VW to make some huge strides in volumetric lighting so VW is the solution for concept renders & lighting plots. Vision should stay focused on real-time rendering for previz where performance is the most important aspect (although I'd love texture transparency & reflectivity). I've considered adding C4D to my arsenal, but like Scott, I rarely have enough time to incorporate yet another software into my workflow for most shows. @hbeach How's your experience working with Capture? Can you export your VW model w/ fixtures into it? Or are you recreating everything from scratch? Your renders look great!
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    Renderworks & Spotlight - Stumped.

    Yup, unfortunately my experience mirrors Scott, and it's been a problem for way too long. I remember seeing a couple forum posts that nicely illustrated the problems with rendering beams within VW, and after searching of course they were both written by @scottmoore. @hbeach Those Capture renders look great! Nice job!
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    Step by step to make a 4-bar instrument

    You can accomplish this by making it a blue symbol (or group symbol) during symbol creation. This will allow you to include plug-in objects (Lighting Instruments) within the symbol. 1. Draw your 4 Lighting Devices and bar 2. Select them, Create Symbol, and check "Convert to Group" in Other Options Now if you look at the symbol you created in the Resource Browser, the symbol name will be blue. When you insert a new instance of this symbol in the file, it will insert as a group. Ungroup it and you'll have four Lighting Instruments and a bar! test-4-bar-2.vwx


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