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michiel | 8 months ago | 11 comments | 9 likes | 759 views

Ulli, vincent, LostBoyz and 6 others like this!

When strolling through the city on a deserted Sunday morning in July, I saw something strange in the sky. I thought it had disappeared behind a tower, but then it came flying directly towards me, presenting a text message!

This is another example how you can use the Special\ShadowOnSkybox and Special\DepthOnly effects to make your 3D models interact with a 360° photo rendered by a skybox layer. The show file is included for you to play around with.


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Here's how it works:
Layer 7 (red) is used for the shadow on the road, using the Special\ShadowOnSkybox effect.
Layer 8 (green) is used for the shadow on the tower, using the Special\ShadowOnSkybox effect.
Layer 9 (blue) is used to make EZ fly behind the tower, using the Special\DepthOnly effect.

So it only takes 3 layers on top of the skybox layer to create the illusion that EZ is really flying through the city.

To position these layers, temporarily remove the effect in the MEDIA > CHANGE EFFECT... dialog. That's also how this screenshot has been made.

michiel, 8 months ago


Fantastic! Thank you Michiel!

LostBoyz, 8 months ago


Wow it looks amazing. Thnx for sharing

Filip, 8 months ago


Great Michiel .Thank you for sharing

chaver, 8 months ago


Great Michiel .Thnx for sharing

liuyongcai, 8 months ago


Ok !!! I hadn't thought of using the shape cube pic with DepthOnly effect. Very clever, thanks.

vincent, 8 months ago


Outstanding, Michiel. I gotta bookmark this and figure it all out tonight. Thank you so much.

Decentralized, 8 months ago


Awesome! Thank you for sharing, Michiel!

Ulli, 8 months ago


No thrills quick test from scratch. Using plain white pic for depth and shadow FX

Decentralized, 8 months ago


Decentralized, your video looks so real, you will have to replace the dog by an alien or else nobody will notice your work 😉

michiel, 8 months ago


Both Special\ShadowOnSkybox and Special\DepthOnly effects are very useful...

Dani, 8 months ago


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