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Peter Camp
Shadow not seen
on Apr 27, 2011 at 2:09:24 pm

Hello,

I am using CS4 with Invigorator 4.5.1 PRO. I have loaded an AI file in Invigorator, selected "Shadow Casting" in Light Editor, see the appropriate cast shadows using the "test" button, but after hitting the OK button, do not see the shadows displayed in the AE Comp window. Any Suggestions? Thanks.


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Edward Wu
Re: Shadow not seen
on Apr 27, 2011 at 5:12:59 pm

Hi Peter,

Be sure you do not have "Use Comp Lights" enabled. If you do, this uses the After Effects lights instead of the Invigorator lights. If you plan to use the After Effects lights, then you will have to position the lights in the same positions as the Invigorator lights, and enable the option "Casts Shadows" in the After Effects lights setting.

Best,
Edward


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Peter Camp
Re: Shadow not seen
on Apr 27, 2011 at 7:18:21 pm

Thank you for getting back. I double checked and I do not have the "Use Comp Lights" switched on.


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Matt Rhodes
Re: Shadow not seen
on Apr 27, 2011 at 6:44:05 pm

Hi Peter.

When going from the Invigorator window back to After Effects,
we don't automatically copy camera and light information
(there can be some unwanted side effects if we do this).

Therefore, if you want to use the lights (and light settings)
that you set up in our Invigorator main UI (the Set-Up window),
you must click the "Update Lights" button.

It's the icon near the right side that looks like a light.
More info here:
http://zaxwerks.com/online_docs/3D_Invigorator_AE/5.0/a_effectPanel.html

As Ed said, make sure you have the "Use Comp Lights" checkbox in the ECW off.

Let us know if you have any additional questions.

Matt Rhodes
Zaxwerks, Inc.



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Peter Camp
Re: Shadow not seen
on Apr 27, 2011 at 7:24:55 pm

That was it. Hitting the "Updating Lights" button allows the Invigorator shadows to be seen in the AE Comp window. Thank you the quick response. Your product is excellent.


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