Working with Augment3d
Augment3d (pronounced “Augmented”) is the ETC EOS visualizer software. It is a virtual space that allows a designer to envision what a design might look like before going into the theatre. This is a great way to do work at home before going into the space or to even do an amount of design work before lights are even hung. For the purposes of a class such as this, Augment3d allows you to play around and see what you’re doing without having to worry about sharing a space or a giant, fancy pants light board.
Our first few worksheets will utilize the white shapes you’ll find in the classroom. When you open your Worksheet, you won’t see these vibrant shapes, you’ll see a dull gray world that is begging to be lit. However, it’s possible that the Augment3d camera won’t be properly oriented. If you don’t see these shapes right in front of you, or if there seems to be small tiny objects off in the distance; start by trying to send the camera back to “Home” mode. This can be done by pressing the [Camera] button then pressing the [Home] button. By the way, if you move the camera around and find a look you like, pressing and holding the Home button or any of the Bookmark buttons for about a second or two will update the Camera view – you can this quickly and easily restore these looks.
If you need to move the Camera, and I would encourage you to try it out here, there are three functional controls for you to use.
- Arrows Keys – These will allow you to move the camera up / down / left / right in space. It would be like stepping to your left or right while holding a video camera.
- Scrolling – This will let you zoom in and out, closer to and further away from the objects in the center of your screen.
- Right Click / Drag – Using this function, you can look around from your static location. It would be like looking through the lens of a camera and moving your head and torso around to look at the world around you.
Finally, you can adjust some of the light settings by pressing the small beam icon (by the way, if your screen it too small, you might need to first press the [+] button to expand your options). If you’re having a hard time seeing your objects or if you whole screen it pitch black, adjusting the ambient light to “Medium” might help you see the world a bit better.
Or if you want the much cooler look of items popping in the dark, switch the Ambient Light to “Off”!