Creating a Movie
An exciting feature of Realtime Landscaping Architect is
the ability to create movies of your landscape designs. This is a great way to
create custom presentations for your clients. You can burn the movies to a CD or
DVD for playback on any Windows computer (CD/DVD burning software is not
Before you can create a movie, you need to define the path
the movie camera will follow. This is done using a Realtime Camera object. See
Adding a Realtime Camera for
instructions on how to add one.
To create a movie:
1. Select View >
Create movie The following dialog will appear:
actual dialog will depend on your version of Windows.
2. Enter the desired
movie filename and click Save. The following dialog will then appear:
have more than one realtime camera in the landscape, then select the one you
want to use for the movie.
the movie will be written. Click the browse button to the right of the file name
to change it.
compression method (called codec) that will be used. Intel's Indeo 5.1 is
a good choice. Click Setup to set the codec-specific options or to
select another codec. Your selection of codecs will vary depending on your
version of Windows and other programs installed on your computer.
dimensions of the movie. 640x480 is a good choice for most movies. You can
select from one of the predefined resolutions, or choose Custom
resolution to set your own.
Note: Selecting a higher
resolution will result in a more detailed movie, but will also require more time
to create and result in a larger file. A faster computer will also be required
for smooth playback.
the shadow quality level you want to use. Use low quality or None for quick
previews and medium or high quality for the final movie.
Note: The shadow quality
will affect the time it takes to create the movie, but will not affect the
3. Click OK. The
movie will then be created. This process may take several minutes to an hour or
more, depending on the length of the movie, resolution, compression codec, and
the speed of your system. Press Cancel to abort the movie creation.
During movie creation, you can continue to use other programs while the
movie is being created in the background. However, avoid running other instances
of Realtime Landscaping Architect or other 3D applications to ensure your video
card does not run out of memory.
cannot interact with the landscape while the movie is being created. This
includes moving the camera, taking screen shots, and so forth. However, you can
cancel movie creation by pressing Cancel.
movie will be created using the current environment settings. See Environment Settings for more
Movies are created in Windows AVI format.
Adding a Realtime