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# 1 16-01-2012 , 07:56 PM
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Maya 2011 Software Render: difficulty making shadow catcher

It seems that I'm following the direction I've found after a lot of googling, but still I'm unable to make this work.

Using Maya 2011 on a Mac, software render engine.

Just a simple plane that I want to be invisible in a render, but to show shadows falling on it in that render. I created the plane, and assigned a usebackground shader, but in all the renders I've tried the plane just shows up in the render as black. I tried changing the shadow mask and matte opacity to various values, no effect. I still get a solid black plane showing up.

Is there some other setting I'm not getting?

Many thanks in advance!