Instructions for using the Film & Stage Libraries

About the Components and SketchUp Film & Stage components are placed by dragging them from the Component Window and dropping them into your model. Each component has an axis origin that doubles as an insertion point. The insertion point is usually located at a corner of the component’s bottom surface or, in the case of circular components, at the center of the bottom surface. Lights, cameras, and other mountable equipment are built with insertion points at their base, making it easy to mount them to other components. Because they ‘glue’ to surfaces when placed in the file, these mountable items are easily attached to angled booms, stands, and arms. Once components are placed, they can be manipulated by right clicking on the object and selecting “edit (just this one)” or “edit component.” Many Film & Stage components contain nested groupings that allow parts of the object to be easily extended, rotated, stretched, or deleted. Components with rotating parts usually bare crosshairs to indicate pivot points. If no pivot point is specified, the center point of the nested component or circle should serve as the point of rotation. Crosshairs and intersecting lines also indicate mounting points between components, as shown in the images at the right.

pivot points

mounting points

Many of the components are rather basic and use standard placement methods. There are some components, however, that may need further clarification. These are explained in the following library instructions.

These libraries were created using the latest standards specific to each piece of equipment. Though every effort has been made to ensure accuracy, it is the user’s responsibility to confirm that all components conform to their own specific requirements. @Last Software does not accept responsibility for any errors that might occur, either in the components themselves or as a result of their use.

Lights. Each riser forms a group. Once a camera is created. flags. and stands. etc. light is placed light can then be rotated barndoors can be deleted . diffusion frames. and grids can be pivoted about rotation points.How to use the Camera Library It’s important to note that the “look through camera” tool does not work with cameras found in the component library. Boom arms can be rotated. After placement. lights. These component-based cameras are meant to act only as objects and do not currently function as viewports into a model. scrims. and move upward along the blue axis. As mentioned in the introduction. lighting components can be manipulated in several ways: Stand legs can be rotated. the center point of the nested component or group serves as the rotation point. flags. How to use the Lighting Library The Lighting Library contains items such as lights. it can be edited as a component without altering its cinematic qualities. Stand heights can be raised and lowered. Because they ‘glue’ to surfaces when placed. download our free SketchUp for Film & Stage plug-in. Barndoors can be easily deleted. are built with insertion points at their base. For more information on creating cameras that use the “look through camera” tool. see Previs Help in the Help pull down menu. select the risers you wish to extend. If this option does not appear. If a likely pivot point is not indicated by crosshairs. they can easily attach to booms and stands that are already angled. scrims.

pasting to them to the existing ones. After opening the component for editing. The second nested group allows the boom and basket to rotate vertically. Similarly. The following groups allow the boom to extend in 3 risers.How to use the Dollies Library The Dollies Library contains dollies and track segments. Arms and lifts can rotate about pivot points. Two that may need further explanation follow: Boom lift . In order to keep the risers in line.The legs of the dolly can be rotated about the center. - How to use the Jibs and Cranes Library Jib and Crane components function similarly to real equipment. the Audio Library contains stands that may be extended.The boom lift has several levels of nested groupings.” Curved track – After placing segments end to end. they can then be rotated to form a continuous curve. and the basket in the horizontal plane. just under the boom. the first subgroup allows you to rotate the upper half of the base. while booms can telescope to extend their reach. rotate them separately by right clicking and selecting “edit (just this one). If wheels are not lining up correctly. The wheels may also be rotated if needed. - - How to use the Audio Library Similar to the Lighting and Grip categories. The final nested group allows the basket to be rotated. The pivot point is located on the base of the boom. then move them along the blue axis while holding the shift key. Raised Scissors lift – The height of this lift can be shortened by deleting scissor sections. The pivot point is located on the base. the lift can be extended by duplicating sections. the boom. parallel to the ground. . use the edge of the largest riser as a basepoint when extending the others. Select the risers you wish to extend. Most of the components follow the pivot point/crosshairs standard shown in the introduction above. Two are described below: Tripod Dolly . and raising the platform.

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