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18/02/2016 03:36:56

braj
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So, I am creating a very large and populated set, just to see how much I can put in before it crawls and also getting my assets and ideas together in a master set, and it was performing very well until I adjusted the shadow sharpness to a high setting. I have a ton of trees, buildings and people in it as it is, with smoke on every building. I just wanted to mention this in case anyone has performance issues, but doesn't want to turn lighting completely off while working, pulling down the shadow sharpness might help a lot. I probably am still at 60 FPS now, but it drops dramatically to something like 10 with sharp shadows, even when switching the shadows to simple, the slider under advanced actually still needs to be adjusted. Anyhow, I'm kind of amazed how much Muvizu is able to handle with apparent ease on my system as long as I avoid the sharpest shadows. It is almost like a performance slider for me.
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18/02/2016 08:59:12

MrDrWho13Muvizu mogulExperimental user
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I'm not sure who else does this, but I tend to whack up the sharpness then just use f12 to toggle the lighting on and off. On for seeing how it looks, and on for actually working on it. As you said though, you could use simple shadows then change everything at the end before you render.
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18/02/2016 09:03:08

braj
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Yeah, my mind is sorta on the guy that thinks Muvizu doesn't run well on their system, maybe they set sharp shadows and got the wrong impression overall. I was shocked it how drastic it was, I thought even that the scattered shadows were more complex but maybe not. Anyhow, Muvizu is so rocking over here, it is a champ. I only need really sharp shadows occasionally.
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18/02/2016 12:41:38

MickeyAardvark
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Yes Doctor, The same here, work with those settings set low, get the movement and scene placement done without making the processor work to hard....then flog it like madman when it comes to rendering your film....everything is cooler...and movement of objects easier too
Hope u didnt mind me butting in :0)
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