FLYING SAUCERS 101
INTRO STEPS: | setup | start modelling | moving around | materials | lathing | extruding | ray guns |
RENDERING PICTURES: scenes | lighting | rendering | cameras |
tips | polycount | evaluation

Exercises: Blueprint | Flying Saucer Poster | Flying Saucer Movie | Spaceship | Pumpkin


To turn your scene into a convincing image, you have to RENDER the image. You'll be asking your computer to use MIND-NUMBING mathematics to simulate realistic lighting and shading. Depending on the complexity of your models and the options you've chosen, this process could take anywhere from mere seconds, to HOURS.

Here are some general rules to keep in mind - they'll make more sense once you've completely read the page:
RENDERING RULES
  1. Always be sure you've selected the CAMERA VIEW (keypad-1) before you start rendering
  2. Always make a quick ALIASED test version to make sure it will appear as intended
  3. ANTI-Aliasing takes 10x longer
    1. Images can still be rendered in minutes
    2. Animations may take HOURS - only render at the END of the period, or use a spare computer if any are available

SET the RENDERER
  • Go to RENDER | RENDERER and choose "SCANLINE"

Frame your shot first

You should set up Anim8or to frame your images in WIDESCREEN format
Anim8or_MovieImageSize02.png
Old school displays still use "STANDARD DEF" framing - a roughly square shape of frame
Modern displays use WIDESCREEN frames that are more rectangular - Here's how to do it:

Anim8or_MovieImageSize01.png
Go to SETTINGS - MOVIE IMAGE

Enter a value of 1280 x 720 - this will give you a WIDESCREEN aspect ratio

Note these settings simply help you to compose your shot - the resolution is actually defined in the next screen.
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Render an Image


Use RENDER - RENDER IMAGE
When you're ready to "take the picture"

SETTINGS:
  • RESOLUTION
    WIDTH and HEIGHT in pixels should be set to 1280 x 720 for a decent webpage widescreen render.
  • ANITALIASED
    Toggle this ON for a higher quality image - OFF for a FASTER render; you could try one of each to see the difference.

After you've rendered

Saving the Image

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On the left side of the RENDERING screen is a SAVE button.
  1. Click SAVE
  2. Click JPG
  3. Click the "three dots" beside the FILE dialogue
  4. Choose a location and create a filename on your P: drive. Hit enter.
  5. When you return to this dialogue, hit OK again

Remember, it isn't saved until you've gone through the full SAVE routing and clicked OK

When you've finished, just hit close.

JPG vs BMP
  • A JPG is an ideal format - it's small but realistic IF you use a good quality setting like 90
  • A BMP is the ultimate quality, but it's file size is massive, and few people can tell the difference between a good jpg and a bmp

You're done! You can INSERT the jpg into your portfolio now!


ADVANCED RENDERING

11x17" POSTER PRINTING

If you need to send it to a professional printer to create a photograph or poster, you'll need to SAVE your JPG in the correct ASPECT RATIO, FILE FORMAT and RESOLUTION
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Return to SETTINGS - MOVIE IMAGE
  1. Set the ASPECT RATIO to 17 x 11 (for a widescreen aspect ratio)
  2. Set the IMAGE SIZE to 3400 wide and 2200 tall
  3. Click OK
  4. Adjust the location of your camera and objects to give you the "perfect picture" - be SURE to FILL THE FRAME so your object features prominently in the green "viewfinder" area
  5. Use RENDER - RENDER IMAGE

Rendering a MOVIE

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Adding the LAGARITH Codec

This will equip your computer with the BEST possible rendering format. It only needs to be done once.
  1. Locate the lagarith codec files in the handouts folder
  2. Right-click on the lagarith.inf file
  3. Choose INSTALL

Render Movie

  1. Click RENDER - RENDER MOVIE
  2. Choose an appropriate FILE location and name
  3. Set the width to match intended frame size (864x480 for widescreen)
  4. Choose ANTIALIASED for a FINAL version, turn it off to render a test video
  5. CODECS:
    1. Choose XVID for maximum compatibility
    2. Choose LAGARITH for greenscree if you've already installed it
  6. Click OKAY


Vocabulary:

RESOLUTION is the number of required PIXELS in terms of HEIGHT and WIDTH

ASPECT RATIO is the ratio of HEIGHT to WIDTH
ie 4x6 and 5x7 are standard aspect ratios for photographs

FILE FORMAT is the precise type of file that you've created
JPG is an adequate standard for printing these days