View Full Version : Matrix like rotation?

02-01-2004, 07:38 PM
I've been trying to do something in lightwave with this object I've created, kinda like the Matrix.

I made a snowman, and I'd like the camera to rotate a 360 degree angle around it, like they do in the matrix when a character jumps in the air or whatever. For some reason though, I can't get a perfectly circular pattern for it to rotate around, it ends up being more oval like.....any ideas?

Thanks in advance,


02-01-2004, 09:12 PM
Create a null and parent the camera to it then just rotate the null.

02-01-2004, 09:35 PM
Thanks for the response, I've created a null, I'm just struggling with trying to figure out how to parent the camera to it! :)

02-01-2004, 10:03 PM
Nevermind, thanks to you I figured it out, and it looks GREAT...

The only thing I'm a bit confused about, is what is the difference between parenting an object in layout, and targeting an object in layout??

02-02-2004, 01:53 AM
Parenting an object makes the child inherit the movements (X,Y,Z, H,P,B and scale) of the parent whereas targetting simply makes the object point (relative to +Z) towards another object - you might want to target the camera at a car as it moves past for instance - play with both to see how they work (oh, and RTFM ;)).

02-02-2004, 08:07 PM
Thanks, and you rock :)

02-04-2004, 03:46 AM
Doesn't anyone read the manual anymore?

02-04-2004, 04:27 PM
It's too damn big to take into the bath :D

02-04-2004, 07:46 PM
LOL yes, I'm sorry, I'm not a big fan of manuals, but I promise to try to become one :)

02-04-2004, 08:25 PM
Download the html help file for 7.5c and with it you can do searches for help and there's sections on tips etc.

02-04-2004, 08:48 PM

02-05-2004, 10:48 AM
Originally posted by gjjackson
Download the html help file for 7.5c and with it you can do searches for help and there's sections on tips etc.

Where do you get this from? I did a quick search, and can't find it.


02-05-2004, 10:59 AM
http://www.newtek.com/products/lightwave/product/7.5c/index.html - check the bottom of the page...

02-05-2004, 05:21 PM
Thanks very much.