Throwback Sunday

Posted by on May 25, 2014 in 3D, Work | No Comments

Lottobillboard

This was a really cool and fun project that has since been retired, as we no longer use VizRt.  A little while after North Carolina got the lottery, someone thought it would be helpful to have a template with changeable numbers in an interesting format.

I built the billboard in Lightwave, in layers. One of the fun things about VizRt is that when you are importing 3D objects, they have to be divided up into multiple objects if you want to use more than one image for any given part of it.  Viz will not accept more than one surface image on any one object.  The other fun thing is that it does not import objects to scale.  If you import a space shuttle and then import the shuttle bay doors and drop them in the same project, they’re both going to be the same length and one has to manually re-size the doors down to match the shuttle again, which may or may not lead to being able to line them up correctly.  I had to import my football in 5 sections, one for each quarter and one for the laces.  When I last used Viz, it did not do a good job of bending images, so ball objects required quite a bit of arranging to get images to line up right.

I imported the board, walkway, number border box and pole separately so I could modify their colors. The dollar sign is a permanent symbol, and the the others were rectangular planes that you could choose which number to display.  Or you could type it in, I forget which.  I had some help with the VB script.  The background displays a moving video loop of traffic on I-40, and the rotating ’14’s.  The billboard image was originally a .jpg saved out of photoshop.

 

 

Leave a Reply

Powered by Yahoo! Answers