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17/09/2011 00:02:45

DyllyMuvizu mogulExperimental user
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I could really use a couple of tutorials to help improve my clips. I know the subjects may seem a little boring but I think they would help me get more out of Muvizu.

We have tutorials on how to turn on a light and shadows, cameras etc but I would love to watch something on 'how to light a scene' and 'what camera angles work' etc. Film theory I suppose. I'm trawling the net for info I can use but a gentle lilting Scots accent guiding me through the basics...?
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18/09/2011 11:58:56

DreekoMuvizu mogulExperimental user
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Hello!

Lighting can be tricky. I find that if I try and think about the scene I'm trying to set and what the lighting would be like if it was in the real world it all becomes clearer in my mind and ultimately on the screen.

I usually start by reducing the the environment brightness down to practically zero and gradually introducing lights. If it's an outdoor scene then I would go straight for the fantastic new light (which was just introduced to us in the recent update) the directional light. This light simulates sunlight by creating a parallel light in the same way that the sun does.

Indoor scenes would generally consist of a combination of the normal lights (lightbulb icon) and the spotlights. If it was a bedroom for instance, I may have a normal light near to the ceiling with the brightness and distance adjusted to taste. I would turn off the casting shadows option for the ceiling plane. if there was a bedside light i might use a smaller lightbulb with a more reduced distance and i may change the colour of the light to suit the colour of the lampshade. If it was a darkish colour I would probably need to increase the brightness to see the effect I was after.
If the bedroom was a night time scene then i would adjust the same set so that the brightness on all the lights in the room were reduced to zero, then I would introduce a directional light and select a light blue-ish colour to simulate moonlight.

Does any of this make sense? or would it really be better if I made a video tutorial at some point showing all this?

As far as camera angles go, just think about who (or what) needs to be on screen, and for how long to get your story across.

cheers
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19/09/2011 08:45:49

DyllyMuvizu mogulExperimental user
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Thanks for that Dreeko...after following your instructions it turns out I've been using the wrong lighting sets...too many spots and not enough ordinary lights! Things are a lot better now! Thank you!
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19/09/2011 09:50:58

DreekoMuvizu mogulExperimental user
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Glad to be of help!
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19/09/2011 11:13:23

toonaramaMuvizu mogulExperimental user
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some other possible helpful links


http://www.itchy-animation.co.uk/tutorials/light01.htm
http://www.muvizu.com/forum/topic514-suggestions.aspx#post1516
http://www.3dartistonline.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=23&t=426
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20/09/2011 19:50:32

rgrove
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Outstanding links, toonarama. Thanks for this thread!
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20/09/2011 20:13:26

DyllyMuvizu mogulExperimental user
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More excellent info thank you!
My daughter is taking media studies at GCSE at a performing arts college. She claims to have learned more through helping me fiddle with Muvizu than she has through her course work. You guys should roll out to secondary schools and gee them up a bit!
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