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Stan Arthur
3D Invigorator Pro v6 - Shadows just not working
on Jan 18, 2013 at 7:29:29 pm

I uploaded 2 images. One is a render test done within the 3DIP setup window (good shadows!).



The second image is in After Effects, using the comp camera (no shadows).



Clicking "update" has no effect. If I open up the setup window again, sometimes I find that "shadow casting" has been de-selected. Even when I re-select it and click "OK", I still get no shadows in After Effects, whether I use 3DIP lights or comp lights. Any ideas? I really want these shadows!


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Matt Rhodes
Re: 3D Invigorator Pro v6 - Shadows just not working
on Jan 22, 2013 at 4:58:10 pm

Hi Stan.

Two things to check:
1. When changing lights in the Set-Up window, it's important to update the Lights once you're back in AE.
2. Make sure that "Use Comp Lights" is unchecked.

See the image below:
          

If this is what you've done and it's still not working, then please send me your project.
I only need the .aep file - no media files are necessary.

Send files to: matt@zaxwerks.com

I'll take a look. Thanks.

Matt Rhodes
matt@zaxwerks.com



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Stan Arthur
Re: 3D Invigorator Pro v6 - Shadows just not working
on Jan 22, 2013 at 6:06:35 pm

Matt! Thanks so much for responding. I didn't realize that there was a separate "update lights" button. I was thinking that simply clicking "update" would take care of it. When I did do it, I got a very odd result. After several attempts and adjustments, I punted on the entire layer in AE and deleted it. I had saved the scene in 3DIP and knew it would be easy to do over. Sure enough, when I applied 3DIP to a new layer and opened the saved scene, everything worked as advertised. Thanks for helping me solve this.


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Matt Rhodes
Re: 3D Invigorator Pro v6 - Shadows just not working
on Jan 22, 2013 at 10:03:38 pm

In order, the Update buttons are:
- Update Cameras
- Update Lights
- Update Sets

The last button (red ball) opens the Set-Up window.

If you expect to use Camera, Light, or Set values that you modify in the Set-Up window,
be sure to click the appropriate button when you're back in AE. We require these button presses
to get around a technical limitation with how we interact with After Effects.

Let us know if you have any other questions.

Matt Rhodes
Zaxwerks, Inc.



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