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Old 06-12-2004, 05:01 AM   #1
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Default renders are blank when lights are used

I don't understand. I render without any lights in the scene and I get that dull globally lit render. I add a few lights and no matter if I use hardware, software, mental ray, etc... I get a solid black render. Something is rendering because I get an alpha channel. What gives?
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Old 06-12-2004, 11:13 AM   #2
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have you set fall off etc etc on the lights? You get the dull render because there is a default light in maya that is used if there are no lights.

What are your light settings?

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I understand the default lighting. The lights I dropped in were both area lights with the default settings. I translated them in the lighting view so I know the subject is being lit. Plus there is an alpha channel in the render.

I did not adjust the fall off from their default settings so I can try that.
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put a spotlight in and aim it at the model and try rendering that, are you using mental ray? not sure if area lights are supported in MR.


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I'm trying anything that will work. Finally got a render in hardware mode but I dont what I changed. I'll mess with the spotlights when I get home.
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You probably don't want to be rendering with the hardware renderer. It's pretty crappy and not meant for much more than rendering wireframes and some particles.

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good to know! I've spent so much time learning modeling and animation that I suck terribly at texturing and lighting. I really really want to achieve that eye-gouging super reflective look complete with glows and flares. Alot like the new bot of Feng's you posted.
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