EnvironmentBakingCamera is LightWave v9.x+ specialized camera for creating environment maps that can be used by Textured Environment or applied to sphere with spherical UV mapping.
It's essential tool for people running out of time, due to tight deadline. Render time can be optimized by placing EnvironmentBakingCamera in couple positions, rendering environment maps, and using them instead of relying on slow ray-tracing gaining precious time.
It also helps transferring scene to other 3D application, or 3D game engine, which cannot understand LightWave environment plugin handlers generating sky, clouds and other atmospheric effects.
Usage is very simple. Change camera type to Environment Baking Camera, place camera item in desired location, set resolution that has twice width as height, and render. Rendered image can be used instantly by Textured Environment as it's showed in below video tutorial.
It's advised to download videos to disk using Save File As... and watch in off-line movie player.
Video is showing Environment Baking Camera at work. Change YouTube quality to Full HD!
Changes made in the 1.2 (25-Aug-2013)
- Fixed ray origin issue. It's now started at camera position.
- Fixed flipped image issue.
Changes made in the 1.1 (22-Feb-2011)
- Added Windows 64 bit version.
Changes made in the 1.0 (11-Dec-2008)
- The first official Windows release.
Minimum Windows Requirements
- LightWave v9.5+
- Pentium or better
- Windows 32 bit
Installing the product
In order to install the program, please extract the archive to some location on your hard disk.
On Windows ®, the archive is in the ZIP format. You will need 3rd party software such as WinZIP, which you can download from http://www.winzip.com (it's not included in the package), or other compatible software to decompress the archive.
Windows XP ® has built-in ZIP support (simply right click on the archive’s icon, and choose ‘Extract all files...’).
On Macintosh ®, the archive is in the SIT format. You will need 3rd party software such as StuffIt, which you can download from http://www.stuffit.com (it's not included in the package), or compatible software to decompress the archive.
The LightWave ® plugin does not require files to be in specific locations, which is a very nice feature. But for easier file management it is recommended that the plugin files (i.e. those with .p extension) be copied to your LightWave ® plugins folder (f.e. LightWave\Plugins\).
Installing LightWave ® Layout Plugins
Run the LightWave ® Layout executable. Select pop-down menu Layout > Utilities ® Add Plugins..., then find the folder containing the new plugin files and select them. You should see a message from LightWave telling you that the plugins have been added successfully. The changes will be saved to your configuration file when you quit the program.
Uninstalling the product
Uninstalling LightWave ® Layout Plugins
Run the LightWave ® Layout executable. Select pop-down menu Layout > Utilities > Edit Plugins..., then select the plugin files and press the Delete button. The changes will be saved to your configuration file when you quit the program. Now you can safely remove the files from your hard disk.
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