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  • raine parrish

    May 11, 2005 at 9:46 pm

    this may not be the correcxt place to post this- but i figure you guys will know the answer – so why not?! i need to place the static image of a house (JPEGs) into some video footage. because of the number of shots- varying from medium close to wide- i think the best way to approach this- is to shoot a couple of different shots of the house i intend to use- then find a very simple 3d program that will permit me to skin the 4 walls with the accompanying jpeg shots- then twirl and place the finished piece as needed.
    so….anyone know of a simple 3d program that will allow me to do a simple “skinning” with jpegs of the 4 sides of the house i want to place into the video? if the software has some basic perspective abilities, that’d be great.

  • Scott Spengler

    May 11, 2005 at 10:15 pm

    Hmmmm…basic 3d, 4 flat walls, mapping jpgs to the walls, rotating and compositing into video, After Effects forum…

    Nope, nothing comes to mind.

    Oh wait, how about AE.


  • raine parrish

    May 11, 2005 at 10:28 pm

    obviously i wasn’t aware that i could do this in ae. since i have not done this kind of thing before.
    do you know of any goof tutorials that demonstrate jpeg mapping?

  • Filip Vandueren

    May 11, 2005 at 10:32 pm

    Check out Photoshop’s Perspective cropping, that should give you straight versions of your walls,
    then look up “3d Cube” in the search as a starting point.

  • raine parrish

    May 11, 2005 at 10:35 pm

    Thanks Filip, I appreicate the tip very much.

  • yoondo

    May 12, 2005 at 12:56 am

    If your objective is as simple as having 4 walls like a room, then turn your 4 wall layers
    into 3d layers and construct the walls turning them into a box(room), AE 3d mode is totally workable making scenes into total 3d environment with camera and lighting. I love this
    feature and have done special scenes for animated feature films.

  • raine parrish

    May 12, 2005 at 2:47 am

    yeah, you guys are great- already been playing with the 3dmode- works great and so easily. if i might- i have a couple questions:
    1.- is there a way to lock the wall layers together- so that as i move the house into place- everything stays lined up?
    2. – i’ve read the clone tool tutorial online by adobe- but can’t get it working- i need to clone the roof shingles to make the final perspective work.
    thanks for all your help!

  • Nicholas White

    May 12, 2005 at 3:59 am



    1. Add a Null Object layer to your timeline.
    2. Turn on its 3d switch.
    3. Drag your other layers’ ‘parent’ pickwhip onto the Null Object layer.

    Now, whenever you move the null object, the other layers will move with it while maintaining their position relationship to each other!

    Take care,


  • Jim Zito

    May 12, 2005 at 8:55 pm

    I believe you need to work in the layer window for the clone tool. Just double-click on the layer itself in the timeline and that should bring it up.


  • yoondo

    May 13, 2005 at 12:52 am

    The best and proper way to lock or group your 3d wall layers is to select all your 3d
    wall layers and precompose. Then on the precomp layer, click on the star button in the
    switches column and also make it a 3d layer. That should pop the wall layers
    into a real 3d mode without worrying about them going out of whack. If you want to edit
    the contents of the precomp layer, Alt+click on the precomp., it will take to the layers
    that you had. You can add, edit and adjust to suit your needs.
    Good luck

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