Quick-guide to Animating Spotlights

Hello iCloners out there in the dark, today’s tip sheds light on the new Spotlights included in iClone 3.0. Activating and editing these spotlights can take a mediocre scene to a work of art with the proper lighting situation. As always there are directional lights included in your scene, but now Spotlights can be turned on and animated to make 100% sure you have the area of the project you want to shoot lit from the proper angles. To activate and animate Spotlights follow the following steps.

  • Place an Actor or Object into the scene
  • Click the Stage tab
  • Select the Light button
  • In the Modify panel locate and check on the Spotlight bullet
  • Use the Move tool to position the light on the subject
  • Edit the Range, Angle and Fall Off sliders to customize the light settings
  • Place the light where you wish its animation to begin using the Move tool again
  • Move forward in time in your project and then again position the Spotlight on the subject
  • Click Play to review your new Spotlight animation

After animating your Spotlight you can adjust the key-frame settings via the timeline. Whether it’s to match a pre-lit 2D background images shadows or simply to perfect a shot, you will be thoroughly impressed by this new feature. You can direct light up-stairs, through windows, down from above, anywhere you wish with the brand new lighting system in iClone 3.0. Now let there be light, animated light. Below is a video example of this method, please feel free to check it out for reference.


2 Responses to “Quick-guide to Animating Spotlights”

  1. August 20, 2008 at 3:39 pm

    Great tips and tutorials. I like this one especially. Thanks for making these available.

  2. August 20, 2008 at 4:28 pm

    Hey Ricky,

    Thanks again, I think that iClone 3.0 has enough new features and functions to keep these going on for quite a bit. If there is ever anything you would like me to set my sights on, please feel free to let me know and I will be sure to develop some methods or techniques that might help you in that particular area.

    Keep on Clone’n

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