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Advanced Camera Lens effects created with Water Props in iClone3.1

Create outstanding effects with Water Props when you use them as animated Lens filters in iClone 3.1

Create outstanding effects with Water Props when you use them as animated Lens filters in iClone 3.1

Hey iCloners, today’s tip is one that you won’t find in the manual or online Beta Index. This is a technique that was stumbled upon while doing a bit of experimenting with Camera Lens Effects using water as a filter. Water Props as a Lens filter? That’s right, sometimes in iClone you can get really creative with the assets that are provided to you and develop some very interesting methods and techniques. Creating Camera Lens Effects with Water Props is one such technique that acts as an animated gel on your custom cameras. This is a very effective way to shoot dream sequences, disorientation, hallucinations and much more. It’s up to you how best to produce your custom shots using this tip, but many artistic ideas can come from trying this technique out for yourself and seeing what cool things you can come up with. To apply Camera Lens Effects using Water Props to your camera follow the steps below or watch the high-speed video example at the bottom.

  • Click the Preview Camera shader from the top right hand corner of the view port
  • Select the Add button to place a custom camera into your scene
  • Click the Set tab
  • Choose the Props button
  • Select the Template tab
  • Locate the Prop_Water folder
  • Double Click the Water_001 prop to place it in the scene
  • In the Modify Panel locate the X Rotate field and set a value of 90
  • Use the Move tool to place the Water Prop directly in front of the camera lens
  • Click Play to review the Water Prop animation to get an idea of the motion
  • In the Modify Panel locate and click the Diffuse Map
  • In the Adjust Color portion of the menu take the Brightness slider down to 0
  • Click the Opacity Map next to make it the active channel
  • Select the Trash Can icon to delete the Opacity Map entirely
  • Click the Reflection Map next to make it the active channel
  • Select the Trash Can icon to delete the Reflection Map entirely
  • Scroll down and check On the Refraction check box
  • Adjust the Refraction slider to a value of 75
  • Click Play to review the edited Water Prop
  • Choose Camera01 from the top right hand corner of the view port
  • In the Transform portion of the Modify Panel, click the Pick Target button
  • Click on the Water Prop to assign the camera to Look At the prop
  • Select the Pick Parent button in the Linkage section of the menu
  • Click on the Water Prop to assign the camera to Link to the prop
  • Double click the Water Prop
  • Begin to move the Water Prop by rotating, notice the camera movement will now follow that prop motion and the Lens effect will always stay in front
  • To save your custom Water Prop filter, click the Add button from the Content Manager

Creating Camera Lens Effects using Water Props is an “outside the box” approach to a fundamental camera technique that is almost as old as photography itself. Using Lens filters, gels, and other muting or enhancement agents to help develop the shot the director or photographer wants to capture is common place and always has been. Why shouldn’t you as a real-time videographer use these same examples in the real-time production environment. The basis for these effects and the creation of them remain the same, but you have a leg up on the other guys because your lens effects can be animated and textured. For more in depth information regarding water visit the Online Beta Index Water page and for a closer look into cameras be sure to give the index a read as well. Below is a high-speed video showcasing this filter in action and the quick-step method of how to create it on your own. Enjoy!

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