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Not found a way so I am guessing it needs to be done outside iClone? But is there a way to attach a point light to an element of a model (say the headlamps of a car) and then have the light shine over the road and objects as it moves?







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If you create a "Spotlight" or a "Point" light not a directional light you will be able to link it to any object you want. Look in the light Modify panel and you see the "Linkage" button.

You'll need to tweak the Range, Angle and Falloff of the light to get the look you want and of course you'll want to link two lights for a car headlight effect.
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Hi and yes. You can do exactly what you said. Although I would not use a point light, I would use one of the directional/spot lights. Actually two of them, one for each headlight. Link the lights directly to your headlight, pointing them in the direction you want. As you animate the car moving around your lights automatically follow the movement and light up everything in front of the vehicle.

The lights are found in the scene manager on the lower left side of your screen. Once you add one to your scene, in the modify panel on the right, at the top, select spot light instead of directional. Scroll down to the Linkage section, click Pick Parent, select your headlamp. Then, above the Pick Parent button, click the 3 little dots ... This will open a new screen. Select Position near the bottom and hit OK. Then turn your light in the direction you want it to face.

That's it.

Hope this helps.



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Not found a way so I am guessing it needs to be done outside iClone? But is there a way to attach a point light to an element of a model (say the headlamps of a car) and then have the light shine over the road and objects as it moves?



Open iClone Online help and search for "Flashlight" same principle as already explained above concerning spotlights.

In addition to this, or as a stand alone option, you can use a glowing cone to simulate a solid beam, should you need it; the cone would be attached to the position of the headlights and aimed accordingly much like a streetlamp would/could use a cone.

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Thanks for all of your suggestions. I'll give them a go and report back on which ones worked best with my project.



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How do you create a spotlight?
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If you are using iClone 5 can can't. You are limited to 4 Spotlights/Directional lights and 4 Point lights. You can map an image to object's surface as a Glow to simulate a light but it's only a simulation, it doesn't cast any light.


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Hi Allamosa,
Here's some lighting tutorials.
Iclone 6
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UTaMpVG6mb0

Iclone 5
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8FGv95-7y0k

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Thanks, but I need specifics on automobile headlights.
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Well that's different.
I use 2 Spotlights "Linked" to my car prop. I adjust them to mimic the look of a car's headlights. If you need the "Beam" to show, in a night scene, I also "Link" or "Attach" a couple of cone shapes and give them transparency with a gradient Opacity map and maybe a little glow with a Glow map.


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