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Chad Johnson
Motion 4 Shadows - Casting on plane without image?
on Aug 28, 2010 at 11:01:18 pm

Hi. Been searching around and can't find this specific issue.

I'm composting a scene in Motion 4 where I'm trying to get realistic shadows over a video background. I have a locked down shot of a boardwalk as a background. I have this still image of a gnome cut-out that I have run from far back in the scene up to the foreground. I added a light to get 3D shadows, and I used a map graphic placed where the ground is on the video to give me a reference plane for the gnome to run on. The shadows only show when I have the graphic in the shot.

Is there a way to lose the graphic and keep the shadows, so it looks like the shadow is in the ground of the video?

Here are examples:

Without the image
[IMG]http://www.dvxuser.com/V6/picture.php?albumid=542&pictureid=3791[/IMG]

With Image
[IMG]http://www.dvxuser.com/V6/picture.php?albumid=542&pictureid=3790[/IMG]

Thanks

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Mark Spencer
Re: Motion 4 Shadows - Casting on plane without image?
on Aug 29, 2010 at 12:13:35 am

Sure. Just select your graphic and in the Inspector, in the Shadows section, set it to "Shadows Only"

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Mark Spencer
Freelance Producer/Editor/Motion Graphics Artist
Apple-certified Master Trainer
Author, Motion 4 from Peachpit Press
http://www.applemotion.net


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Chad Johnson
Re: Motion 4 Shadows - Casting on plane without image?
on Aug 29, 2010 at 3:38:22 am

That's the ticket Mark! I didn't even notice a "Shadows" menu.

Thank you.

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