21
Jan
09

Fade In- and Out of your action with Animated Directional Lights in iClone3.2

Create rich and seamless Fade Ins and Outs with Animated Directional Lights

Create rich and seamless Fade Ins and Outs with Animated Directional Lights

Hello iCloners. Did you know that you can create rich and appealing Fade-Ins and Outs with Animated Directional Lights in iClone? It’s true, and your can Fade from and to any color you choose for all 4 Directional Lights in iClone. One of the best parts is this eliminates a step from your post production process as well, while providing a seamless visual effect to the beginning, middle or end of your projects. I don’t know about you but any time and effort that can be saved these days is much appreciated, and taking small measures such as creating your Fades directly inside your projects will help to shave and save a little time in your next production. This is a simple process that is easy to apply to any scene and like I said you can choose any color, but for this example I am showcasing the more traditional Fade from Black. This will require I use both a color key-frame and a solid Black key frame for each light, in this case I use all 4 lights and separate colors for each.  Follow the steps below to create a Fade-In using all 4 Directional Lights in your project or watch the high-speed video example provided at the bottom of the post.

  • Create a Project in iClone you want to Fade-In to
  • Scroll down in the Scene Manager and locate the 4 Directional Lights
  • Drag the Play-head forward in time where you want the Fade In to end
  • Check ON Light 01 to make it the active light
  • In the Modify Panel select the Color Swatch
  • From the Color Picker menu choose a color ( for this example I use a Pea Soup Green for Light 01 )
  • Click OK
  • Repeat for Light 02, Light 03and Light 04 ( for this example I use Light Blue, Cream and Dark Maroon )
  • Drag the Play-head back to the beginning of the project or use the Start button
  • Select each Directional Light one at a time and set the color to Solid Black ( this creates the Fade In itself so use any color you need )
  • In the Modify Panel locate the Ambient Light and set it to Solid Black (during editing keep the color mid-Grey )
  • Click Play to review the new Animated Directional Light Fade In

Developing Animated Directional Light Fade Ins is a classic tranisition into any scene used at the beginnings and ends of most box office films and most likely in your personal favorite as well. Go ahead, pop in the dvd and see for yourself. The point is if the Pros use this intro and outro technique in their films, then why shouldn’t you? Using Directional Lights also give you the option of fading into only 1 or up to all 4 lights and you can even switch up the opening fade in color to…say, White for example. You will find it gives a light drenching effect, which is just one of many creative options and approaches you can take when implementing this method. Below you will find a high speed video example showing you an Animated Directional Light Fade In I creating using the GI vs. Wehrmacht content pack and how you to can quickly mimic this example for yourselves. Enjoy!

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