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  10 October 2003
Dynamically created Lights

Anyone have any suggestions on how to dynamically create lights? I really want to have a character fly around creating lights in his path that die as he travells away, but without being able to instance lights onto particles that's a huge problem! Any suggestions would be fantastic.
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  10 October 2003
what about particles with glow? or triggering light amplitude with the passing of the character(I think a MEL script could handle that, or keyframing would work too).

just a couple ideas...
 
  10 October 2003
Could you have the lights already created along a path and key the visibility as your character passes?

You might be able to create lights by running a script when collisions occur (can you collide with a templated object maybe?). Sounds a bit complicated too.
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  10 October 2003
http://www.jozvex.com/tutorials/fg.html

Jozvex, uses final gather to make object lights that are instanced and yada yada...should be just what your after

EDIT: down the bottom is the pic of what he does (only an example)
 
  10 October 2003
Yeah, only my site is down till next month cause I went over the 1 gig bandwidth limit!!!

Using particle expressions you can create lights on each particle that then die etc

An example of that sort of thing can be found here:

http://www.worldofmaya.com/o_maya.html#LightEffect

You can download the scene file and everything!! That guys site is really cool.

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  10 October 2003
Well I can't use final gather or any tricks of particles + incandesance/glow because this is a lighting assignment to animate lights. So I'll definitely take a look at that page with scripting examples. Thanks.
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  10 October 2003
dynamic lights

hi

i did half of what u asked for

the lights are generated dynamically
just hit play and you will see

http://mesh-inc.com/clights.rar

download the .rar file
and uncompress it with winrar

one thing though

you will have to keyframe the intensity of the lights

but definetely does a big chunk of what u asked for

hope it helps you
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  10 October 2003
Thanks a lot. I actually changed the focus of this project so this idea became obsolete to it but it's still a really awesome thing to do. Someone else posted a link to a site that had a sample of this effect as well and the script for it blew my mind, definitely really really cool. I will check yours out tomorrow or the next day and take a look, but I thank you for putting in the effort for me. I'll let ya know how it comes out.
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