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Tangier ClarkeCasting Shadows - What am I doing Wrong? (Motion 5)
by on Sep 11, 2014 at 5:46:34 pm
Last Edited By Tangier Clarke on Sep 11, 2014 at 5:48:36 pm

Folks, I am a little perplexed why I am not getting any shadows cast in 3D in Motion 5. As A simple test I have this setup:

Directional light at z = 500 with plenty of intensity, pointing toward object and background
Object (a cutout from a picture) at z = 39
Large white background at z = -120

The object is set to cast shadows
The background is set to receive shadows

The only time I actually see a shadow is if I turn on the reflection parameter for the background. This isn't accurate though because I should see a shadow without having the reflection on. Additionally, when I move the light along the x axis in any direction there's no movement of the reflection as would be the case if a real shadow were cast.

Am I missing something? I tried this changing the Light type as well.

Apple Motion 5

Tangier


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Deyson OrtizRe: Casting Shadows - What am I doing Wrong? (Motion 5)
by on Sep 13, 2014 at 12:22:08 pm

Hello Tangier and good day. Could you upload your file to take a look at it? This would make it easier to see what the problem may be. Thank you and have an amazing day! :)

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Tangier ClarkeRe: Casting Shadows - What am I doing Wrong? (Motion 5)
by on Sep 15, 2014 at 6:58:40 pm

Here's the file below. Thanks for checking it out.

7988_poem.zip

Tangier


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Robin S. KurzRe: Casting Shadows - What am I doing Wrong? (Motion 5)
by on Sep 15, 2014 at 7:20:16 pm

You need to turn shadow casting on for THE LIGHT also.


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Tangier ClarkeRe: Casting Shadows - What am I doing Wrong? (Motion 5)
by on Sep 15, 2014 at 7:25:19 pm

Somehow in the midst of my frustration I knew it'd be something ridiculously simple like that which I'd miss. Perhaps I didn't consider that that would/should be an option. I just assumed having a light would naturally cast a shadow and didn't consider looking at that parameter; going straight for the "receive shadows" thinking.

Thanks.

Tangier


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Robin S. KurzRe: Casting Shadows - What am I doing Wrong? (Motion 5)
by on Sep 15, 2014 at 7:35:00 pm

[Tangier Clarke] "I knew it'd be something ridiculously simple"

Isn't it always? ;-)

[Tangier Clarke] "I just assumed having a light would naturally cast a shadow"

Yes and no. I can see it may be a little more intuitive, yes. But then you'd be turning them off constantly to speed things up, since you don't always want or need them, just a little "rim" or the likes where shadows really mess things up. But then, that could also just be me. :) But I'm glad I could point you in the right direction.


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Robin S. KurzRe: Casting Shadows - What am I doing Wrong? (Motion 5)
by on Sep 15, 2014 at 7:42:38 pm

BTW... why would you choose the arduous task of masking the image as opposed to simply erasing what you don't need in Photoshop or Pixelmator or whatever image processor you have i.e. creating an alpha instead?


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Tangier ClarkeRe: Casting Shadows - What am I doing Wrong? (Motion 5)
by on Sep 15, 2014 at 8:22:58 pm

LOL - Good question. This file was simply a test. I actually am erasing what I don't need in Pixelmator on my working file.

Tangier


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