Model layer

The flowers in the above screenshot are rendered by model layers. The template used is from BixPack 28.

What can I do with the model layer?

With the model layer you can render 3D model files.


How do I add a model layer?

Choose LAYER > Add layer > Add model layer... to add a new model layer.

The new model layer can be selected from the layers dropdown to make it the active layer.

Examples

The installer comes with shows demonstrating the possibilities of the model layer. Choose FILE > Open show... and select a show from the BluffTitler/Media/Shows/Model folder.

To quickly switch between your own shows and the ones that came with the installer, click on the Personal and App buttons in the upper right corner of the file dialog.


3D model formats

BluffTitler supports 3D models in the .X and .OBJ formats. Change the model of the active layer by choosing MEDIA > Change model...

.MTL files

.MTL files are used by .OBJ files to store the materials. Without an accompanying .MTL file, .OBJ files are fully white and untextured. Make sure to place the .MTL file next to the .OBJ file.

Textures

Textures are stored as separate files. Make sure to place the textures next to the model file.

When you apply a texture to a model layer (by clicking the Change texture... button or pressing F8), this texture overrules the texture and colour as defined in the model.

Submodels

A model is built out of submodels.

Submodel property

When the Submodel property is set to 0, all submodels are rendered. When this property is set to 1, only submodel 1 is rendered. And when this property is set to -1, all submodels except 1 are rendered.

You can automatically create a separate layer for every submodel by pressing <Ctrl> U.

The container layer can be used to group the submodels together:

  • Choose LAYER > Add layer > Add container layer
  • Choose LAYER > Add layer > Add model layer...
  • Select the model layer
  • Press <Ctrl> U

This way you can give every submodel its own colour, texture and effect!


Model layer style 1

3D in background

In this mode, the 3D model is rendered in the background.


3D in 3D space

In this mode, the 3D model can intersect other layers.


3D in foreground

In this mode, 3D model is rendered in the foreground.


Model layer style 2

Vertical align top


Vertical align centre


Vertical align bottom

This style is useful when placing models on the floor.


Not aligned

This style uses the positions as stored in the model file, without any scaling and translations. It can be useful when a bigger model must be built out of separate model files.


Model layer properties

Position

The position of the model.


Rotation

The rotation of the model.


Pivot point

The point around which the model rotates when animating the Rotation property.

When you press F2, the pivot point is visualised with cyan, yellow and purple arrows.


Size

The size of the model.


Colour

The diffuse colour of the model.


Specular colour

The colour used for specular highlights. If this property is (0,0,0), the diffuse colour is used as the specular colour.


Specularity

The size of the specular highlights.


Transparency

The transparency of the model.


Submodel

Learn more


Jumble

This property does the same as the Jumble property of the text layer, only it operates on submodels instead of characters.


Depth bias

This property can be used to solve sorting problems.

Layers have to be sorted according to their distance to the camera. This sometimes goes wrong when using very big, very small or irregular shaped layers. When this happens, use the Depth bias property to fix it.



Demo models

The BluffTitler installer comes with a few models to play around with.

Bix

Bix is the alien mascot of Outerspace Software.

You can bring him to life by applying the Effects/Special/Bix effect. With this effect you can move his arms, legs and eyes.


EZ

Bix's sidekick is called EZ, pronounced as "easy".

You can bring EZ to life by applying the Effects/Special/EZ effect.


Avatar

The avatar model is a low-poly, low-res game character. By editing Avatar.png next to the model file, you can easily create your own characters.

You can bring your avatar to life by applying the Effects/Special/Avatar effect.


BixPack models

Many BixPack template packs offer 3D models.

Newsrooms

BixPack 16 comes with a collection of newsroom models.

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Home Videos

BixPack 3 comes with a collection of home video models.

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Candy

BixPack 21 comes with a collection of candy models.

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Flowers

BixPack 28 comes with a collection of flower models.

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Sea Monsters

BixPack 29 comes with a collection of sea monsters.

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Dragons

BixPack 39 comes with a collection of prehistoric animals.

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Stock models

There are many sites where you can download 3D models.

3D CAD BROWSER

3D CAD BROWSER offers many models in the .X (choose DirectX ASCII (.x) from the dropdown) and .OBJ formats.


humster3d

humster3d offers many models in the .X format.


cgtrader

cgtrader offers many models in the .X format.


GrabCAD,

GrabCAD offers CAD models.


Generate models

Tree It

Tree It generates trees in the .X format.


SpeedTree

SpeedTree generates trees in the .OBJ format.


Convert models

BluffTitler can import 3D models stored in the .X and .OBJ formats. The following apps can be used to convert to these formats:

Open 3D Model Viewer

Open 3D Model Viewer supports 40+ 3D model formats including the .X and .OBJ formats.


AccuTrans 3D

AccuTrans 3D software can be used to easily convert common 3D formats to .X and .OBJ.


Greentoken

Greentoken offers online 3D model format conversion.


3DS MAX

Pandasoft has published a plugin for 3DS MAX allowing you to save your 3D models as .X files.


Google SketchUp

This plugin for Google SketchUp allows you to save your 3D models as .X files.