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  1. 2 points
    Justin Montoya

    Mesh lights

    cobrien- I think you should try using emitter material lights for this sort of LED lighting detail. I also use a lot of LED strip lighting on counters and displays, and after many tests and projects, I've found the emitter material lights to be far more efficient to use for this purpose. You can then much more easily adjust the various material lights for the many objects/faces without using the chunky light palette editor. Hopefully our OpenGL based Shaded renderer will support this in the future as well because it is already possible with the OpenGL API, but not implemented because silly RenderZone doesn't support it. Here's some examples of using only Emitter material lights for detail lighting:
  2. 1 point
    Nice John! Thank you for sharing your workaround... That's FormZ ... you workAROUND it. So when you are exporting your animation from FormZ, may I ask what settings you are using? I find FormZ lack of modern codecs like mp4, and h.264/265 really bothersome. AVI is ancient and the uncompressed version is buggy. I also found exporting VRay animations troublesome since it would not use the Denoiser (Mild), which greatly speeds up rendering each frame. Are you utilizing your RTX 2070 to speed up your rendering? Hopefully when V-Ray 5 finally drops, we will have several new tools that will make this sort of job easier. First, there is the newer RTX based engine for RTX GPUs. This is supposedly significantly faster, though like the GPU engine, not all features are carried over from the traditional VRAY CPU engine. The faster RTX GPUs you have, the faster the rendering. Then there is the new VRay VISION, their real time engine. - And the new VRay Cosmos looks pretty sweet for integrating outside assets too - Now I have no idea if any of these will be implemented in our upcoming VRAY 5 for FormZ but I hope they are and especially if it adds enough interest here under the VRay for FormZ forum. TwinMotion is impressive and I'm happy it's coming to FormZ as a live link one day. Until then, I already know VRay pretty well and these new tools are exciting to expand our arsenal.
  3. 1 point
    ¢hris £und

    Simple Snapping Question

    Two, what version of fZ are you using? I created a script do do this for v9.x. the script still needs some work, as it is dependent on some changes to the SDK. But, it is functional. Sorry, only works on 9.x The script allows for a lot more positions than just center. Minimums, Maximums Middle and Center of Gravity of each of the objects considered. All of which should yield (if my logic/math is correct) 144 possible positions. The tricky bit, is it currently cannot use pick order but has to use object creation order. So, you have to Cut and paste the object you want to be displaced (this action puts it as being created last in the objects List) When the SDK allows for pick order, I will update the script. Hope this helps! ¢£
  4. 1 point

    New update 9.0.6

    One of the biggest problems, is that form.Z has a lot more competition now. In it's heyday it was untouchable because it offered arguably the most comprehensive set of tools on the market, for not much money at $1495. Rivals were thin on the ground and consisted of software either for "hobbyists" (Infini-D, trueSpace, Ray Dream) or for well heeled pros with deep pockets (3DS Max, Houdini, LightWave, Alias PowerAnimator, Softimage 3D). From the latter group, Alias PowerAnimator at $30,000 came closest to form.Z when it came to modelling power. The buying decision was obviously a no brainer. Cinema 4D, Maya, and Rhino were not born untill around 1999, and they signalled the decline of the dominance of form.Z, in terms of power to value ratio. In addition, "The Joint Study Program" ensured a steady stream of future new users, by seriously involving students with the software early on. Rave reviews flooded in from various publications around the world. These were the golden years, and lasted for about fifteen years, 1991-2006, but then the decline began. I believe that the only way back will be to try to claw back the lost respect, but the question is how? Indeed, can it be done..... or is it too late?