Creating a Movie
One of Realtime Landscaping
Plus’s exciting features is the ability to generate videos of your
landscape designs. Videos are a great way to present your designs to others
because they provide a guided experience that shows off the highlights of your
landscaping ideas. Videos can be burned onto a CD or DVD to be played on any
computer, or uploaded to YouTube or other website.
Before a movie can be created, a Realtime Camera object
must be added to your design and configured to move through your landscape the
way you wish the movie to. For details, see Adding a Realtime Camera.
To create a movie:
Click View and Create movie The following dialog will appear:
dialog shown will depend on the version of Windows you are using.
In the File name text field, type a name for your movie and then
click the Save button. The following dialog will appear:
The Camera name drop-down menu can be used to select which Realtime
Camera you would like to use when creating your movie.
The File name box shows what the name and location of your new movie
will be. To change the name or location, click the “…” button that
appears to the right of your file current name.
Resolution drop-down box can be used to select the size and clarity of your
video. Higher resolutions take longer to create and will produce a larger video
file, but will be higher quality. By clicking on the Resolution drop-down menu
you can choose from several predefined resolutions, or click the Custom
resolution option to input your own resolution. When creating movies for
YouTube, recommended resolutions are 854x480 (480p), 1280x720 (720p), or
The Video bitrate drop-down menu is used to select the quality at
which the video is encoded. The bit rate has a large effect on the video’s
quality and size. Recommended video bitrate is 20 Mbps.
Click the Environment Settings button to open the Environment
Settings dialog, which contains several different options that may affect how
your movies and Realtime Walkthroughs appear. For example, the time of day,
amount of wildlife, and sound settings are all controlled through the
Environment Settings dialog.
Click the OK button to begin the movie creation process. A typical video
of a completed landscape design can take anywhere from several minutes to over
an hour to complete. The time needed to create a video depends on the complexity
of your landscape, the length of the movie (determined by the length and speed
of your Realtime Camera), the movie resolution, the compression method chosen,
and the speed of your computer. If you wish to abort the movie creation process,
click the Cancel button.
your video card does not support DirectX 11, then a special Software rendering
engine will be used. Unfortunately, it takes much longer than normal to create
movies using this method.
can use other programs or browse the internet during movie creation, but it is
recommended to avoid running additional instances of Realtime Landscaping Plus or other 3D programs to
avoid running low on video memory.
a movie is being created you cannot edit the landscape or adjust the view. If
you would like to make changes before the video completes, then you can abort
the movie creation process by clicking the Cancel button.
time of day, amount of wildlife (birds and butterflies), sound volume, and
ambient sound that is included in the video is determined by the current
Environment Settings. For more information, see Environment Settings.
Adding a Realtime