What exactly do you have a problem with when posing your model?
I had some serious problems with landscapes too at first when posing smaller things.
When you create a default landscape, the scale of everything is huge. This includes the scale of the camera, so the smallest movement you make with it is still huge wich makes it difficult to frame relatively smaller objects (like v4). Two things i found helpfull:
1. when you select a figure in the scene and then press “numpad 0”, the camera zooms to that figure (i’m on win, might be different on mac)
2. When you lower the overall scale of your camera in the “motion” tab, the motion of the camera will be a lot less sensitive (the camera will move in smaller steps if you take the scale down)
There is also an option in the viewport toolbar to “use collision detection”. You can check this on so that when you move an object towards another object, it will automatically stop when the objects touch. If you keep moving it, it will start to move again when the object completely passed through the other object.
As for the documentation, there was talk of it but i wouldn’t hold your breath. I learned everything (wich isn’t much yet btw :D) from tutorials too and here on the forum. The carrara forum guru 3dage is absent atm though, we are eagerly awaiting his return
Here are some great free tutorials you can watch too. Even if you’re not really interested in the main topic, they also show how carrara works in general:
Cripeman on youtube, tons of great videos! (They really should link to these sites here on the forum)
Carrara Cafe for all things carrara:
Carrara expo magazine (free pdf format), also contains tutorials:
There is also the 9hour video tutorial here in the store:
Thanks for all those resources! I never would have realized this was your learning method as well, that is quite inspiring! It’s funny, you pretty much hit my issues right on the head! Must be a common headache for new people like myself. I started a thread just for that topic here: DAZ/POSER Characters interacting with landscapes in Carrara, a few people replied with some great tips on how to solve my issues. The two biggest one’s were the 2 you mentioned: The huge scale of ALL items in the scene, except those like imported figures (E.G. MASSIVE landscape, and a tiny tiny tiny dot of a person). It was like finding a needle in a haystack. The second issue was your other tip: Scaling the camera, and how quickly it was moving. Even when I finally found my figure: the camera zoomed so fast I couldn’t stay on track. The other option for colliding objects was 1 I knew of, but just couldn’t align things well because of the scale issue.
Thanks for all those links! Your products are very nice! I hadn’t realized you were a person on Renderosiy I’ve bought from. I’ve got your desk, office chair, the Gatling gun prop and some more. You do excellent work! Thanks again for those links, and your tips you left here, they were the exact issues I had.