3D Arsenal: Making Flying Logos
3D Arsenal is a software solution for video editors who need to create 3D animation. It is a simple and easy to use solution that can be used to quickly create flying logos, text objects and instant virtual sets. It comes with everything that a video editor needs to add great 3D imagery to his productions, without putting him through a steep learning curve of a conventional 3D software. The following describes how to make flying logos using 3D Arsenal.
Step 1: Launch Edius Neo 2 and a Basic Flying Logo Template
Select the 3D Arsenal application shortcut from the programs menu to launch the software. Once 3D Arsenal loads, you will be able to proceed further. You will go to the “File” pull-down and select “Load”, and then “Load Scene”. Navigate to the preset “Logo Arsenal” folder and select “Logo Arsenal Basics”. You will move to the “FlyIns” folder and load up a basic fly-in template meeting your requirements to directly start creating a flying logo.
Once this is done, you will be able to see the flying logo animation. To export your desired scene, you will go to “Content Manager” and use the “Mode” popup to select “Export” and then navigate to the relevant directory and select “OK” to finish the process. You will also change the “Content Directory” under “Preferences” (accessible by hitting the ‘O’ key) to the same directory as in the previous step.
Step 2: Load Scene
You will select the “File” pull-down and select “Load Scene,” and you will see the scene corresponding to the selected flying template, ready to go.
Step 3: Add Logo
At this point, you are now ready to add your logo file to the flying template. You will make sure that your logo file is properly selected. To do this, check the lowest status bar to make sure that “Objects” is selected and the “Current Item” field shows the name of your logo file/object. You will click on “Replace with Object” option on the left panel and it should directly show you the logo object/file that you intend to incorporate. Select the logo file and click “OK”. This will instantly replace the text in the flying template with your logo.
Step 4: Edit Template and Logo
You will select the appropriate key frame as the ending point for the flying logo animation and then use the right and left mouse buttons to fine tune the manipulation. Once the scene is lined up exactly as you want it, you will save the scene.
Step 5: Save Scene
Click on the “Save” menu and select “Save Scene As” and navigate to the appropriate content directory to save the scene in. Put in a suitable name and click “Save.” The scene is now ready to be rendered.
Step 6: Render Scene
Select the Rendering options by clicking the “Render” button and then add the appropriate rendering parameters as per your requirements. Click “Ok.” This will render and save your flying logo scene, and you should be good to put it to its desired end use.