2 for Vue d'Esprit
Reviewed by Lisa
new Mover 2 Plugin
for Vue d'Esprit is a very nice addition to an excellent
landscape generator program. Instead of a complicated animation
plugin, Mover 2 creates with an easy to learn Wizard
interface. Your given a choice of vehicles from airplanes and
missiles to cars and pedestrians with options on how the vehicle
responds to motion. Speed and repeat settings are available
so you can tweak the velocity and if you want the animation
to loop, repeat once or create a nice pendulum effect. You create
the path for your vehicle in a wireframe view, adding, deleting
and editing Waypoints until you get the path you want. After
you have your path setup the Wizard will show you your plot
of camera altitudes and you can set the amount of seconds you
want the animation to run. A wireframe view of your animation
in action shows you what the animation will look like. You can
click the back button to change any settings till you get the
look you want.
a Vue d'Esprit
flythrough with Mover 2
The finished animated flythrough.
This is the scene I used for the flythrough.
The opening screen for the Mover
2 Wizard. The Wizard makes it especially easy to create
On this screen you select the type of vehicle you wish to use
in your flythrough. Depending on the one you choose, it will
act differently when flying through the scene. For example,
the Airplane will bank moderately while flying above the ground
but the Automobile will follow the lay of the ground. I chose
the Pedestrian for my flythrough.
Here you set the repeat and speed modes. I used the "Repeat
Once" and the "Constant Velocity" settings.
This is the fun part, setting the paths you want the flythrough
to use. Remember the longer the path, the longer the render.
A view of the camera attributes and where you set how many seconds
you want your animation to run. If you make your animation run
longer, you will have a long render time. My suggestion is to
start out with a small amount of time, see how your animation
looks and increase the time if need be.
I personally love this part, you get to see a Wireframe version
of your flythrough. If you don't like the path, click on the
back button and change the settings.
After you click the "Finish" button, the Wizard closes
and the Time Line Bar comes up. This is a capture from the Wizard
showing the different parts of the Time Line Bar.
This is the Render Animation's Settings screen. You can choose
the quality, size, set where you want the animation to save,
frames per second and all or a frame sequence. You also look
here if you want to resume that render you stopped.
A view of the animation render in progress. I usually create
a small animation the first time and if I like it, I size it
Another animation I created.
Plus: The Mover
2 plugin does a fantastic job at flythroughs. I had
"0" crashes with it and the Wizard made it extremely
simple for even a first time animator to use. Pricing as stated
on the e-on Software's site is $59 (US) for Mover
2, a nice price for an excellant plugin.
The Minus: The only minus that I found is the option
to do a wireframe animation that you can save. This is not really
a minus, but it would be nice.
. Vue d'Esprit
2 · Pentium 120 MHz (166 MHz recommended)
· Windows 95/98 or NT4
· 16 MB RAM (32 MB recommended)
· 30 MB HD space (50 MB recommended)
· 16- or 24-bit video
· CD-ROM Media
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